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Bleed maroon and gold

It wouldn’t be college without a few crazy traditions that you’ll tell your grandchildren about someday. With more than 125 years of history, Calvin has its fair share of ways to celebrate maroon and gold.

 

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Calvin traditions


The Rivalry

ESPN’s called it one of top three college basketball rivalries. It’s Calvin vs. Hope every winter. Winner takes everything.

Chaos Day

It’s the ultimate dorm competition where you’ll rally with your new friends for yearlong bragging rights. Physical and mental challenges are all part of this intense competition half-day competition.

Airband

Lip sync and dance your way to Calvin fame (or infamy).

Cardboard Canoe Race

Will your hand-crafted vessel sink or swim in this annual fall race in the Calvin Seminary Pond?

Faculty Fumblers

Calvin’s illustrious student journalists from Chimes compete with professors for bragging rights in Calvin’s only official football game of the year.

Dorm Mascots

From a yak to a bison and siren, dorms have mascots that are the focal points of pranks and rivalries between residence halls. Alumni from Boer Hall return each year for “Wild Boar Day”.

Joust the Knight

Calvin’s official mascot was named by students in 2008. He drums up school spirit at Fridays at Calvin, and of course, at athletic events.

Serenades

If 40 guys wearing swimming trunks show up singing a Top 40 tune outside your dorm window in the middle of January, don’t be surprised.