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Holy Cross celebrates community during spirit week

| Friday, February 3, 2023

After a competitive week of activities, the women of the second floor of Pulte Hall emerged victorious in the Holy Hall Tournament at Holy Cross College on Wednesday night.

The Holy Hall tournament began last Wednesday with a watching event for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams. Each hall received points for attending events as well as extra points for winning competitions, with the hall with the most points at the end of the week coming home with the coveted Holy Hall Tournament trophy.

The tournament began in the fall of 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic as an attempt to bring the community together, resident assistant (RA) Jack Williams of the first floor of Pulte Hall said.

 “We wanted to get people involved because there wasn’t much to do on campus during COVID,” Williams said.

Although Holy Hall tournament had its inception during the pandemic, it has now grown into a tradition that brings both individual dorms and the community at large together.

“Before the tournament, there wasn’t much of a hall identity. People really didn’t get together and do things together at hall events,” Williams noted. “The whole tournament, it got a lot of people out of their rooms and it just built friendships within the hall and within the Holy Cross community.”

Student body president Dion Payne-Miller also praised the tournament for its effect on the community. He described how the tournament aims to “get people who are in the dorms to come out and interact with each other.” 

“It has allowed for a greater integration of community and a close knit relationship between the dorms,” Payne-Miller said.

After the basketball games last week, the festivities continued with a spirit day where students wore their halls’ designated color, a bake-off and a talent show before concluding with trivia night on Wednesday night.

Although the men in the first floor of Pulte Hall pulled forward with an 80 point lead after winning the talent show, the women in the second floor of Pulte made a comeback in Trivia Night to bring the hardware home.

 Pulte Hall second floor RA Carmie Cataldo said she celebrated the comeback victory.

“Pulte 2 did an amazing job,” Cataldo said. “We are the first women’s hall to win, so our trophy is proudly on display in our hall!”

The Pulte women’s win did not go undisputed, however, with the men of Pulte claiming that not all of their team members had been counted at the final event. After discussion, the hall directors decided not to recount the points.

Despite the controversy, Williams congratulated the women on “showing up and showing out,” while Cataldo thanked the men for “putting up a tough fight.”

Williams did add, though, that he plans on purchasing his own trophy for what he believes was a victory for the first floor of Pulte.

Reflecting on the eventful week, Payne-Miller praised Residence Life at Holy Cross for “doing a great job” and noted that he hopes that events like this continue in the future.

“It’s been a great success,” he said.

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