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Traditions

Traditions abound across Taylor’s campus, keeping the student body on their toes. Whether they’re practicing choreography for Airband, wearing costumes to Silent Night, or training for Taylathon, our students are never at a loss for something to do—and you won’t be either.

Most of our events are student-led, giving you an opportunity to participate or plan these ongoing Taylor traditions. As you work with your colleagues to build community through shared experiences, you will develop skills and create memories that will last far beyond your four years on campus.

Read more about some of Taylor’s well-known traditions below.

Airband

More than a lip-sync contest, Airband pits residence hall floors and wings against each other in a dance competition. Songs have ranged from The Greatest Showman and Disney’s Hercules mash-ups to “It’s Raining Men” (The Weather Girls) and “Hey Ya” (Outkast).

Silent Night

Taylor's biggest basketball game of the year, Silent Night is the last men's game before Fall semester finals week. Students dress in PJs and crazy costumes and pack the stadium, remaining completely and utterly silent until Taylor scores its tenth point. Then, the crowd explodes with cheers and maintains the team spirit throughout the rest of the game, a crazy halftime show, and a student-led rendition of Silent Night in the game’s final minutes.

Cardboard Boat Regatta

During Parents & Family Weekend, parents, families, and siblings put their creativity to the test—using cardboard, plastic sheets, and duct tape to build a boat and voyage across Taylor Lake.

Taylathon

First run in 1948, this bike relay race gets team members passing, not batons, but the bicycles. Separate races for men and women pin the four graduating classes against each other in an intense competition that couples speed with skill. The goal is to have smooth transitions so the bike never stops, but be careful, it’s not as easy as it sounds!

Envision Film Festival

This must-see event for movie lovers is a weekend dedicated to film—the craft and the finished product. Film professionals speak at Envision about all parts of the filmmaking process, and student films are screened for the public. Read more on the Envision webpage.

Mosaic Night

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 Step Dancing to Tae-kwon-do, sharing significant parts of their cultures with the rest of campus.

Melon and Gourd (and Other Hall Traditions)

Think a game of tag isn’t entertaining? Well, think again! The boys of Third West Wengatz scurry around campus carrying a melon and gourd, trying not to get tagged. The men use crazy stunts, like fake funerals and parades, to get 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 the melon or gourd during their annual Oktoberfest pick-a-date.

Nostalgia Night / MyGen

Similar to Airband, but no lip-syncing allowed. These traditions host students using real instruments to show off their musical talents. Nostalgia Night showcases musical acts from before the graduating class was born; MyGen showcases those from after the senior class was born.

Youth Conference

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.

Pick-a-Dates

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 need to wear crazy outfits and bring your camera along.