In what’s become an annual tradition during homecoming week, the “Spirit Splash” competition – a fun school-spirit decorating contest – took place Tuesday, Oct. 15. The competition saw an increase in participation, from 16 entries last year to 22 this fall. Participants, which include university departments, residence halls, sorority and fraternity chapter houses and Cheney business, are encouraged to decorate their lobby, storefront or doorway with EWU school spirit in accordance with the homecoming theme, “Red, White and Swoop.”
Entrants are grouped into one of four categories: residence hall, business, sorority/fraternity chapter or department/office, and judges declare a winner and runner-up in each. Winners receive the Spirit Splash Cup to keep and display in their office, business or house until next year’s homecoming.
For a peak at all the decorating fun, check out Campus Rec’s Facebook page!
With six entrants, team “LA Hall/University Apartments” took first place while Dressler Hall, last year’s division winner, took second place.
“It was a close victory over Dressler Hall. They incorporated all the U.S. Presidents’ names with Swoop (Grover Swoopland or Baswoop Obama), as well as a mug shot of each President with Swoop’s face in it,” said judge Rick Scott.
Other participants: Dryden Hall, Streeter Hall, Pearce Hall, Brewster Hall/Veterans’ Center
Sorority and Fraternity Chapters
With five participants, team “Alpha Omicron Pi/ROTC” won out on Greek Row and Pi Lambda Phi came in second.
“Alpha Omicron Pi partnered up with the ROTC program in the SFL Chapter category, and took home the victory,” said Scott. “They decorated both the ΑΟΠ house, as well as Cadet Hall,” said Scott. “They had a cadet walk us through how the ROTC program works, as well as a history of the ROTC program at EWU and its famous Alumni.”
Other participants: Beta Theta Pi/Alpha Xi Delta, Gamma Phi Beta/Phi Delta Theta; Sigma Phi Epsilon
The largest category of them all, EWU Departments, featured 10 competitors, and even included a satellite campus!
“This is the first year that the EWU Bellevue campus has been involved in the Spirit Splash. The judges did an online Skype as they walked us through their decorated office,” said Scott. “They were very proud of the fact that they were able to be involved in the Spirit Splash event and did a great job as they just missed second place in the Department category by a few points.”
First place in the Department category went to Sutton #2, while the Office of Admissions narrowly beat out Bellevue campus for second place.
“Sutton #2 was almost perfect scoring – 74 out of 75,” said Scott. “They put on quite a show involving Swoop and the cheerleaders in a tailgate-themed event, complete with a chili cook off, hotdogs, beverages, makeshift port-a-potties, desserts and people dressed in game-day attire. They made up their own cheer and even sang the fight song to the judges. It was quite impressive.”
Other participants: Bellevue Campus, Eagle Entertainment, Student Life, VP for Student Affairs Office, Eagle Ambassadors, EWU Extended Campus, Health and Wellness Team, Housing and Residential Life.
Showing their support of EWU once again, STCU was the only business in Cheney to participate in the annual decorating contest this year. Their Eagle pride runs deep and even when other businesses take part, STCU has made winning the category a habit. Maybe they’ve scared every other business in town off?
“In the Community category, STCU was the only entry, but has taken first place for as long as I can remember,” said Scott.
Homecoming week continues with a community canned-food drive, volleyball vs. Weber State, the annual bonfire and bed races and the Bookstore’s pregame sale all taking place on Thursday. Friday will see an alumni dinner and medallion ceremony and a comedy show. The culmination of Homecoming Week will take place on Saturday with an 8 a.m. 5K race through Cheney, Admissions Open House, volleyball vs. Idaho State at 11 a.m., an EWU Tailgate Bash on the Campus Mall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., a Greek alumni meet and greet at noon, The Red Zone Eagle Fan Tailgate and, of course, the EWU Homecoming football game against the Southern Utah Thunderbirds at 5 p.m. at Roos Field.