College isn't all about studying
Over the years, Willardites have created unique events that have been passed on from generation to generation. Take a look at to Woo's flagship events in the fall, winter, and spring!
Each year, Willard’s Social Chairs plan an extravagant formal – a chance for Willardites to look their best while dancing the night away. The memorable 2013 fall formal was held in the Sky Loft, a gorgeous venue with a view of the Chicago Skyline where President Obama had his 50th birthday party. More recently, the 2017 formal (moved to winter) was held at Carnivale, a fabulous Latin fusion restaurant in the West Loop. Attendees particularly enjoyed the Brazilian food platters and the sundae bar. The 2019 formal is sure to be just as amazing — this is the party to attend for food, dancing, and the most awesome Wooshackers around!
The friendly (BUT STILL INTENSE) rivalry between Willard and Shepard Residential Colleges is timeless. Pranks between the two have included Willardites smearing their pudding-covered bodies down the Shepard halls after Woo-au Luau and "the Sheep" stealing the replica portrait of Frances Willard from our main lounge. Each winter, Willard and Shepard duke it out in the Woo-Shep Olympics, including an eating contest, three-legged race, dodgeball, ultimate frisbee, NU trivia, and other tests and tournaments. In 2018, Willard won back the Woo-Shep Olympics trophy (pictured at right) and stay ready to defend their trophy for next year!
This Spring Quarter tradition, started in 2003, features crazy fun such as pudding wrestling, a bonfire (complete with s’mores), a dip in Lake Michigan, and of course, plenty of food. Don’t forget your sunglasses and fruity drinks for this rivalry in the Sorority Quads. And just a friendly warning: if you show up, you WILL go in the pudding.
The Ultimate Residential Experience
Willard isn’t just a bunch of rooms and furniture. What makes us the best residential college out there is the quality of life in the Woo. We don’t just live here, each of us belong to a dynamic community. However, between the events Chairs so diligently plan the traditions we carry on with pride. Living in Willard is more than just a housing assignment; it’s a way of life.
Firesides are opportunities for students, professors, and outside speakers to share something that they know a lot about or are really interested in with the Wooshack community. Our interesting firesides set Willard apart from other Res Colleges, especially with our high volume of student firesides. Whether it’s about My Little Ponies, Willard Folklore, or communism in Soviet Russia, firesides are an informal way to spend time with fellow Willardites and Faculty Fellows to learn about some cool things you might not have known anything about.
High Table is one of the events that gives Willard its unique character as a Residential College. Our distinguished Faculty Fellows and Graduate Associates gather together with current and former Willard residents twice a week to enjoy lunch in the Willard Dining Hall. The topics of conversation aren’t restricted to academics; it’s a great chance to talk with faculty about anything from pop culture to the latest Twitter trends
Munchies is probably the most awesome idea ever devised. Basically, you get free food. It’s just a cool time to hang out with great people and eat new and exciting things, like Ethiopian food, or famililar and delicious things, like Taco Bell.
Coffee Hour happens every Tuesday at 4:30 in the main lounge. Come for coffee, tea, biscotti (and more treats!) and conversations with friends.