The relative calm and serenity of Stegenga Hall was disrupted on September 3 when the North wings and the South wings each united and entered into combat against each other in “The Battle of Steggysburg.”
In the minutes before the skirmish, Resident Assistant Michelle Roethel gave an inspiring speech to the North, reminiscent of William Wallace in Braveheart, that charged the North to “take back our study lounges and laundry rooms,” among other things.
The South emerged dressed in gray from Stegenga Hall with their game faces on. Resident Assistant Stephanie Lantz explained there was to be “no laughing, no talking, just silent stares” directed at their sisters in blue.
Before the battle commenced, the North and the South considered the words of one of Abraham Lincoln’s descendents, Mark Alsum, husband of Stegenga Resident Director Rebecca Alsum, as he delivered the Steggysburg Address. Unconvinced by his words of wisdom, the first water balloon was lobbed and pandemonium ensued.
The South concentrated its efforts on early elimination of the North’s Medic while the North implemented charges in hopes of overwhelming the South with brute force.
In the end, the South emerged victorious. A moment of silence was had for the fallen as junior Ansley Griess played taps. Both Roethel and Lantz assure NW that the war is not over. Roethel was quick to point out, “We know how this war ends according to history.”
When asked about her dorm’s recent altercation, Rebecca Alsum said the women enjoyed getting to know people from different floors. “You bond with people when you’re throwing water balloons at another team.”
During this ceasefire, the Steggy Society, a group of residents who organize events for the dorm, plan on going forward with dorm traditions.
Mission: Impossible will take place within the next few weeks. This event pits the different wings against each other in a scavenger hunt across campus. The champions will have to endure running across campus after completing a food challenge, solving clues and completing tasks, all the while wearing potentially ridiculous costumes.
Pangaea Study Breaks began last year in an effort to foster dorm unity by bringing together two wings for a time of sharing food and relaxation each Monday night.
Through these events Alsum and the Steggy Society hope to promote unity between the women who call Stegenga Hall their home.