Almost Anything Goes came around again with a bang, or rather with a “Boom! Pow! Slam!” While last year’s theme turned out to be a fusion of the eras in American history, this year all your favorite comic heroes came together to battle it out.
On Saturday, Sept. 9 at 9 p.m., DC and Marvel heroes were easily identifiable all over Johnson Gym from Spider-man to Batman, Iron Man to Wonder Woman. Almost Anything Goes is one of the first opportunities of the school year where each class can come together, foster school spirit and have a great time. While sometimes a focus on competition can bring about frustration and even break bonds, this was not the case for our Andrews University community. Students pulled together and shared smiles, dances and words of affirmation.
The event kicked off to a good start thanks to James-Andrew Hearn (senior, music education) who sang the National Anthem. Shortly after, the battle of the classes began. As usual, freshmen sported green, sophomores were in blue, juniors and seniors in Red and the grad students wore their famous yellow. Every year since 2014, the combined junior-senior team won the event and this year our grad students presented an even greater challenge for the reigning champs.
Some of the events included familiar activities such as the hula-hooping contest, the famous mattress race, relay races and the classic tug-of-war. The tug-of-war event proved one of the most dramatic of the night as the juniors and seniors (who had maintained their lead) were put to the test by the grad students. Within seconds, the grad students won the victory, a blow to the hearts of our longtime champs.
While it was fun to watch students engage in fun and games, the most inspiring part of the night was the comradery and teamwork exhibited by the various classes. The members of the classes cheered and supported one another no matter what. They celebrated after the games and encouraged their participants throughout the night.
Adriana Santana (sophomore, psychology) said, “I love the class of 2020. Whenever we get together it’s a great time and Almost Anything Goes is one of my favorite moments of the year because of how we feed off of each other’s energy.”
The spirit of competition and connectivity transferred to the other classes as well. Each year, the freshmen exhibit the most excitement about the event and show up in groves. “I really feel like Almost Anything Goes was a good opportunity given to show school spirit. Working together as teams incorporated a competitive aspect,” said Shalom Dosunmu (freshman, political science).
While each class put up a good fight, in the end the juniors and seniors gained the ultimate victory followed by the sophomores in second place, the freshmen in third and finally the grad students in fourth. Of course, the juniors and seniors celebrated their victory with excitement and cheers. Many of them are already thinking about next year and anticipating another victory. Gena Gordon (junior, theology) put it this way, “If God did it before, He can do it again!”