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Students Leapfrog, Build Human Pyramids in Battle of the Classes

By Sarah Y. Keightley
News Editor

For the second year in a row, the Class of 1993 was victorious in Saturday afternoon's Battle of the Classes. About 110 students battled it out in the Johnson Athletic Center by playing leapfrog, stuffing marshmallows into their mouths, and building human pyramids while getting to know their classmates.

The Class Council sponsored the second annual Battle of the Classes to foster class spirit. Students were divided by class, then subdivided into smaller teams.

The first event was a three-legged relay race, followed by a game of leapfrog, an obstacle course, a marshmallow-stuffing contest, and pyramid-building. Classes were awarded 30 points for a first-place finish in a competition, 20 points for second place, ten points for third place, and zero points for last place. This year the seniors came out first overall, the juniors were second, the sophomores were third, and the freshmen were fourth.

After the competition, students helped themselves to free food and drinks. Also, several gift certificates were given away in a free raffle.

Classmates get to mix

Sophia Yen '93, senior class treasurer, came up with the idea for Battle of the Classes last year. "My goal in making Battle of the Classes was to promote class spirit and class unity," she said. Furthermore, the Class Council wanted to create more interaction between students from the same class. "We often identify with our living group, fraternity, sorority, or clubs, but we do not identify with our class," she said.

Another purpose was for students to have fun and to relieve stress, Yen added.

"I thought it was an interesting and fun way to meet people. I'm glad I went," said competitor Abram P. Dancy '95.

Renee E. Garcia '96, who also said she had a good time, said her favorite event was the obstacle course because it involved team unity.

Jose J. Pacheco '94 won one of the marshmallow-stuffing competitions. He said he enjoyed meeting people in the other classes. "I wish more people would have participated, but it's a start," he said.

Class Council organized the contest

The junior class officers are responsible for the competition, and the Class Council works to put it together. The Class Council is composed of the officers from all four classes and is charged with promoting spirit, said Frances Hsieh '95, publicity chair for the UA and the sophomore class.

The council brainstormed to come up with events for this year's Battle of the Classes, Hsieh said. They kept the successful activities from last year, such as leapfrog, pyramid-building, and the marshmallow-stuffing contest, she said. The obstacle course was a new event.

According to Yen, about 350 students participated in last year's battle, more than three times as many as this year. Last weekend may have been a bad time because it conflicted with many other activities, such as the Society of Women Engineers' career fair, Yen said.

"I think the people that went had a lot of fun, and that's basically what matters," she said. "I hope more people will choose to participate in the future," she added.

Planning for the competition began as early as May, but things began to come together in September, Yen said. Finding sponsors is the most time-consuming task. This year's biggest sponsors were Kaplan Test Prep, Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society, the Coop, Sears, and Greek Central. Also, Toscanini's provided free ice cream.

"I'm looking forward to doing it again next year," said Hsieh.