If you’re wondering what there is to do on campus, you’ve come to the right place, because there’s always something going on. Many events that take place on campus are now traditions that were started by students.
Whether it’s making up and practicing the choreography for your wing’s performance for Airband over and over again, heading with friends to Silent Night, or training for Taylathon on the sidewalks with your classmates, you’ll never be at a loss for something to do.
Woven through all these diverse events however, is a common thread of intentionality.
So many of these events are planned by students. As students work together to build community through shared experiences, they strengthen and develop skills they will carry with them far beyond their four years on campus.
More than a lip-sync contest, Airband pits floors and wings against each other in a competition of song and dance. Songs have ranged from Disney’s Hercules mash-ups to It’s Raining Men (The Weather Girls) and Hey Ya (Outkast).
Cardboard Boat Regatta
During Parents & Family Weekend, put your creativity to the test against others as you figure out how to use cardboard, plastic sheets and duct tape to survive a voyage out onto Taylor Lake.
Envision Film Festival
This is the must-see event for all movie lovers. It’s the time when student films are shown to the public, and professionals in the field come to Taylor to talk about movies and the making of movies.
Taylor's celebration of our multi-ethnic culture is what Mosaic Night is all about. Students work together to put on all kinds of acts—from Irish river dancing to Tae-kwon-do. It's a great way for people from different cultures to connect with one another while sharing with the rest of campus.
Nostalgia Night/My Gen
Similar to Airband, but instead of lip-sync groups, students use real instruments and show off real talent. Nostalgia Night showcases songs from before the graduating class was born. In My Gen, individuals or groups perform contemporary songs from when the graduating class was born to now.
Several times each year, floors and wings go on low-key group dates—no pressure attached. Invite a friend of the opposite sex, and go bowling, canoeing, or roller-skating, among other things. Warning: You may have to dress crazy or be handcuffed to your date.
Taylor's biggest basketball game of the year, Silent Night has been featured on ESPN multiple times. A packed stadium remains quiet until Taylor scores their tenth point and then the crowd explodes with noise. People dress up in crazy costumes or pajamas and get to enjoy an equally crazy half-time show.
A team-based relay bike race around Taylor is a tradition that was first run in 1948. The competition is intense as each racer goes the length of the course and passes the bike to the next racer on the team. The goal is to have smooth transitions so the bike never stops, but be careful, it’s not as easy as it sounds: falling on your face hurts.
Welcome Weekend Hoedown
The day after you move in for your freshman year, join your wingmates or O-Group for our annual Hoedown. Wear plaid and denim, put on a bandana or cowboy hat for some food and dancing. Don’t know how to square-dance? Most people don’t, but the bandleader calls the steps so you’ll be able to pick it up quick.
Wing Traditions like Melon and Gourd
Think a game of tag isn’t entertaining? Well, think again! The boys of Third West Wengatz scurry around campus, trying not to get tagged. Crazy stunts, like fake funerals and football players as bodyguards, are made up to get the boys into Friday Chapel, by 10 a.m. sharp! If they don’t make it or are the last to get tagged, they have to eat a piece of whatever they get stuck with at their annual Oktoberfest pick-a-date.
Taylor hosts hundreds of high school students for a weekend of worship, guest speakers, and small groups led by Taylor students. A concert by a major Christian Band is usually held on Saturday night.