Hogwarts now has a home in the Bluegrass thanks to the Dean’s Cup competition, a Harry Potter-style residence life initiative spearheaded by Assistant Director of Residence Life Jacob Raderer ’09.
While the program was originally proposed by Jeff Kaplan ’12 during his senior year, it was Raderer who more recently made the program a reality.
“Given my slight obsession with everything Harry Potter,” Raderer explains, “I thought that it might be something I would be interested in implementing.”
Essentially, interested students are randomly assigned to four different houses—Beatty, Hinitt, Turck and Spragens—that are named after various Centre Presidents of yore. Students from each House compete for points that are given for various events and activities. Academically, points are awarded based on each House’s GPA for fall and CentreTerm classes, as well as a spring Quiz Bowl. Athletically, students who participate in intramurals can earn points for their Houses by winning.
Points are also awarded to Houses with the lowest number of citations and for those House-members who attend Norton Center events, Centre Drama or Music performances, athletic events, hall programs, SGA or SAC events, and academic lectures or presentations.
Raderer stresses the purpose of the friendly competition is to promote a greater sense of connectedness and school spirit throughout the Centre community by encouraging students to participate, interact and engage with other students and events on campus.
“The goal is not to create new activities and programming,” he explains, “but to further connect students with opportunities already being offered.
“It’s important for students to be engaged and connected socially as a way to enhance their learning,” he continues. “The college experience is one that takes place both in and out of the classroom, and the Dean’s Cup is designed to encourage students to be engaged in both realms.”
The House that manages to rack up the most points by the end of Centreterm will receive an award at Honors Convocation, and members of the winning House will be treated to a “special event” yet to be revealed.
“We have over 200 students already signed up,” says Raderer. “My hope is that this initiative will become a strong part of the Centre experience for many students.
He adds, “I’ve already had multiple requests for a Quidditch tournament to be added as a component.”
To find out more about the Dean’s Cup competition, visit the Dean’s Cup Facebook page.
By Mariel Smith