In case you didn’t know, every Tuesday and Thursday from 12:15-1:30, there are no classes. This means professors and students are all free to eat lunch, take a walk or as you’ll see, do some pretty crazy things. Here are some of my favorite things I have seen during the common hour, just in the last few weeks:
1. Chewbacca and a princess reverse trick-or-treating
The Thursday before Halloween was a pretty normal one, save for a pair of students who decided to bring some spirit to the school by passing out candy to anyone who would take it.
2. Grown men in dresses playing full contact rugby on the Great Lawn
Yes, this happened, and yes, it was glorious. The CNU rugby club team recently held its “dude looks like a lady” game to raise money for breast cancer awareness and research. This annual event gathered a fairly large crowd, and was genuinely entertaining for everyone who saw it.
3. Philanthropy, philanthropy, philanthropy
There are around 20 Greek organizations on campus, each of which devise clever events to raise money for their respective philanthropies. Generally, these happen in the common hour, and provide entertainment due to how goofy so many of these events can get. One of the most common ones is to pay a small amount to be able to pie a member in the face or bombard them with water balloons.
4. Midterms week shenanigans from the Center for Academic Success
Knowing that Captains get extra stressed during midterms, the Center for Academic Success sought to lighten the mood a little bit by passing out cookies in the library. This normally would have been enough, but they decided to dress up in a Cookie Monster costume, which, at least for me took a lot of stress off and gave me a good laugh.
5. Professors hanging out with their students
Everyone knows that office hours are a great time to get extra help for a class, but some students would rather just have a chat with their professor instead. During the common hour, it is pretty normal to see Einstein’s Cafe packed with faculty and students just sitting around and talking to each other. This is one of the great things about being at such a small school, because the professors have time to get to know their students on a personal level.