Bear Guards Residence Hall
By Abbey Le Roy
CIU Student Writer
The cost of living in the recently renovated Memorial Residence Hall is high. The price to enter? A kiss.
Before the semester began, student leaders spent several days on a retreat in Gatlinburg. Director of Residence Life, Mike Thompson, facilitated a game of “Bigger and Better.” Students were divided into teams, each of which was given a penny. The penny was to be traded for a more valuable item, initiating a series of exchanges with the goal being to obtain the “biggest and best” object from strangers in the city before time expired.
The winning team ended up with a large wooden bear named “Red,” which was brought back to campus and now stands at the entrance to Memorial. Rodyca Malancea, a member of the winning team and a senior at CIU, says, “The tradition is that a person must kiss the bear every time he enters Memorial.”