Each academic year, Sidney-Pacific holds a series of competitive events between halls for fun, prizes, team-building, and eternal glory. Past years of House Cup: 2011-2012, 2010-2011, 2009-2010, 2008-2009.
This year's House Cup is organized primarily by House Cup Coordinator Dan Kolodrubetz with the help of Chair of the Halls Rachael Harding.
Final Rankings and Cumulative Points
Congratulations to the 9th Floor led by Kendall Nowocin and Alex Sanches for winning the 2013-2014 House Cup! As the first place team, they got a gift card to Area Four (Pizza Party!), while the second place hall, 6, got a gift card to Flour and the third place hall, 8, won a gift card to Insomnia Cookies. Everyone who participated in the house cup got cool SP branded beer steins. Thanks to everyone who came out for the contests this year!
4 events per semester, sometimes during coffee hour
Each hall gets a score based on their ranking in each event. Scoring will be some constant factor multiplied by the scores shown in the table below. Zero points to halls with absolutely no attendance.
The big kickoff event each semester will have the point totals multiplied by 1.5.
There will also be an attendance component to the score. Each hall will have its place points multiplied by the percentage attendance it had, normalized by the average percentage attendance. For example, if there are only two halls, Hall A and Hall B and Hall A has 5 people attend and event and Hall B has 10 people attend. Let's say there are a total of 50 people in Hall A and 20 people in Hall B. So, 10% of Hall A attended and 50% of Hall B, meaning the average percentage attendance is 30%. So, Hall A's score will be multiplied by 0.1/0.3 = 1/3 and Hall B will get a multiplier of 0.5/0.3 = 5/3.
Ties will result in splitting the points from the relevant places evenly between two (or more) halls.
Cumulative hall scores are used to determine rankings
The House Cup kicked off with an outdoor field day, in which every hall competed in a series of (mostly silly) events.
It began with a competition to see who could save the world! The various teams had to construct asteroid catchers out of cloth and pins. They had to catch asteroids that looked suspiciously like potatoes and tennis balls.
Then, there was a classic water balloon toss.
Next, the teams had to push a giant beach ball through a croquet course using brooms.
The fourth event was a tug of war tournament, pitting strength against strength.
This was followed by a trust exercise, where each team led one blindfolded member to a target, which they had to mark for points.
Next, each team had to find the pieces for and assemble a giant puzzle, trying to finish the jig saw as fast as possible.
The field day finished up with an egg-on-spoon relay, where each team had to move as fast as possible while delicately balancing a precious egg.
Congratulations to Halls 5S and 9, who took home the gold medal!
The second event was a mouthwatering pizza making contest, held at an evening Coffee Hour. Each hall gathered a couple of hours before the Coffee Hour to brainstorm, buy ingredients, and bake until they had some delicious pies to bring to the hungry masses. With a lot of creativity and skill, each hall contributed two unique and tasty pizzas using only limited resources. Each person who tried a pizza got the opportunity to give it a score, leading to the final averages. At the end of the day, everyone left stuffed and Hall 8 left with the gold.
The final rankings for the pizza making competition were
The third event of the semester was a trivia night. Along with plenty of wonderfully unhealthy deep fried goodies and pub snacks, the teams got a solid dose of hard hitting trivia questions. After putting their wits to the test, halls 6 and 8 walked off with the third place prize of jars of play-doh, 9 took the second place prize of play-doh and a copy of the "Smart Ass" board game, and 2S and 2N walked away with the gold and AMC gold pass tickets to help expand their movie knowledge.
The final event of the semester was a food drive. Over the course of November, Halls collected food and monetary donations for the Boston Food Bank, culminating in a weigh in at Coffee Hour on November 20. In the end, SP collected the equivalent of 4929 pounds of food! Additionally, there was a raffle for donors who attended Coffee Hour, with five lucky donors winning a small token of appreciation. This charitable giving was tied in with a Movember booth, where people could buy baked goods and admire beards and moustaches grown in the name of men's health.
Since it is impossible to know how many people participated for each hall, the scores will be based purely on the rankings, which are given below.
The first event of the spring semester was a delicious dessert making contest, held at an evening Coffee Hour. Each hall got together before coffee hour to figure out a plan, buy ingredients and bake until they had some divine desserts to feed the hungry folk. Every hall contributed at least one treat and all of them were delicious. Each person who tried the desserts got the opportunity to give scores, leading to the final averages. At the end of the day, everyone enjoyed the sensational sweets and the 6th floor won first place.
The final rankings for the dessert making competition were
The next contest in the Spring semester was a rocking Airband competition. The halls teamed up to form bands and lip-synced to some classic hits. After a delicious Italian dinner, there was a moving rendition of Cher's "My Heart Will Go On", a sassy version of the Backstreet Boys' "I Want it My Way", a hair-filled performance of Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" and an epic production of the entirety of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody". The performances were judged by the audience in three categories - Synchronization, Theatricality and Overall Performance. In the end, the 6th floor won for synchronization and got inflatable guitars and a copy of the board game Telestrations, halls 1 and 2N won for theatricality and got inflatable guitars and the board game Encore, and halls 9, 2S, 7 and 5N won the overall performance category and a gift card to Thelonius Monkfish. Of course, the real winner was the audience.
The final rankings for the airband competition were determined by averaging the three scores mentioned above. In the end, they were
The final event of the House Cup was based on election turnout for hall councilor elections. The halls simply get the appropriate ranking points based on how their turnout percentage compared with other halls. The 7th Floor had the highest turnout and won $50 to Flour Bakery as a treat!
The rankings by turnout percentage are shown below