QU Hawk Wild tradition continues despite low numbers

By Alexa Low

Quincy University‘s student body is estimated to be around 60 percent athletes.

Hawk Wild is a very popular event put on by the Campus Activities Board (CAB) towards the end of every year.

This year, the main even of Hawk Wild was held on a Saturday afternoon when football, softball, baseball, men’s and women’s volleyball, men’s soccer and tennis all had practice or games.

The participation was limited as many teams could not come up with enough members to participate in every event.

Many students were disappointed that they were not able to participate because of prior commitments with their athletic teams. 

Some students were hesitant to complain about the scheduling because they did not want their coaches to think they did not want to practice or participate in a game. However, they did acknowledge that they wish CAB had picked a less busy weekend.

Hawk Wild took place from April 8th to April 14th with the theme “Welcome to the Jungle!”

Some students got creative when thinking of a team name that would fit the jungle theme.

Teams of eight people (four men and four women) were able to sign up with an alternate person in case someone could not make an event.

An event was held each day of the week, starting on Monday and going through Saturday.

Each event was worth a certain amount of points towards the group’s final score. The winners are the first three teams who have collected the most points.

First place is awarded $500, second place $300, and third place $150.

Nine teams participated.

  1. Not your average bears
  2. Sloth running team
  3. Pardon my ape
  4. Black panthers
  5. Pic macaya
  6. Wildn’ out
  7. Jungle fever
  8. Team rambos
  9. Pre-beat

With all the sports teams away, many freshman were still able to participate in the tradition for the first time.

“This was my first time participating in Hawk Wild and I was shocked by what it was. I had a lot of fun. I bonded with people I hadn’t met before and had fun a the same time,” Dami Adeyinka said.


The Hawk Wild launch party was held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. A time frame where most students have class and could not stay more than a couple minutes.

Bingo cards were handed out and students could win prizes such as candy and gift cards.


Students designed T-shirts and and decorated jars for Penny Wars.

CAB gave students small glass jars along with glitter packets and paint. The jars were to be decorated in correlation with their team name jungle theme.

The jars with the most pennies at the end of Saturday won the competition.

However, any silver coins placed in the jars subtract however much the coin is worth.


Messy Olympics was held in Friars field. The team, using supplies provided, that could make the most mess won.

Pictures of the teams in their T-shirts were posted on social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook. Members shared the posts and encouraged their followers to like their team’s picture on @quhawklife. The team with the most likes won.


The amazing hawk race was held at 6:00 p.m. in the lower level of the student center.

Teams were given clues that matched with different locations on campus and the teams ran to the location they thought matched the clue. Then they took a picture and ran back to the home base and were told if their answer was correct. The team that finished first won.


Small money bingo was held in the cafeteria from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Lip Sync Battle in the Hawk’s Nest under the cafeteria was held at 8 p.m.

Teams picked a song that they felt matched the jungle theme then performed the duration of the song on stage in front of an audience.

Some teams came on stage with a choreographed routine while others had more of a “wing-it” mentality.

Many teams prepared costumes and brought accessories to entice the panel of four judges.

Students who came to watch were asked to sign their name in support of a team before walking in. This helped with the judging process.

The teams were judged on how many people participated, the dance they performed along with if it fit their song, then if costumes or props were used.

Props ranged from a giant stuffed sloth to a real-life puppy.


The most popular event of Hawk Wild, the Inflatapalooza was held at 1:00 p.m. in Friars Field.

Three events were featured: inflatable obstacle course, giant hamster ball race and air gun war with barricades.

“My favorite thing about Hawk Wild is the weekend. Getting to come out and do all the inflatables, the hamster ball is personally my favorite,” Emily Van Rie said.

Not Your Average Bears took home the first place prize. They received most of their points from winning Messy Olympics and the food drive. The Sloth Running team came in second with Pardon My Ape following in third place.

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