Now that the annual frenzy of the gourd has come and gone, it’s time for Heemstra to follow up with some more random and crazy dorm traditions.
One of Heemstra’s campus favorites is the annual Harvest Bash. Heemstra residents are extending the Halloween holiday until Nov. 9. The dorm comes up with a unique theme and then each floor goes all out with decorations and costumes.
Some of Heemstra’s past themes have been PBS, Sesame Street, fairy tales, carnival and “What If?”
Guided by a host on every floor, students are taken through a maze of weird sights, sounds and even smells. After being bombarded by crazy characters such as clowns, Big Bird and princesses, it goes without saying that Heemstra will be seen in a whole different light.
“Harvest Bash is really just randomness,” said senior Heemstra Resident Assistant Nathan Bearss. “We think up a theme and then make it just ridiculous.”
With the loss of their traditional Air Band performance, this event will be the first true exposure of the entertaining randomness that is Heemstra.
“I would say that if you want to have fun and get completely confused and weirded out,” Bearss said, “come to Harvest Bash.”
November also ushers in Heemstra’s traditional beard month or “No-Shave November.” From full beards to only a little peach fuzz come Dec. 1, each Heemstra resident will sport their 30 days of unkempt facial hair with pride.
Activities ranging from running for your life to get away from the gourd, shoving the disgusting melon down your throat because you didn’t run fast enough, transforming your room into a castle or jungle and growing your beard out to your chest all focus on one purpose. As Bearss said, “We’re all about having fun and simply enjoying each other’s company.”