As Oct. 24 nears, many students are more occupied with the rumors of The Hunt rather than the study day that classes are cancelled for. Students are aware of this longstanding tradition that is not affiliated with Skidmore and look forward to participating in or hearing about the crazy antics performed by students on this particular day.
Much controversy has been raised about The Hunt, so much so that Joshua Nelson, Director of Leadership Activities, felt obligated to send out an email to Club Leaders urging them to think twice about supporting the event. He asks these leaders to speak out against it in the “fight to create a better Skidmore—one where students don’t have to participate in sexual acts, get tattoos, or drink alcohol to feel a part of something.” Unfortunately, it appears that more students aspire to engage in this event rather than speak out against the masses and discourage their fellow students from partaking in this so-called “tradition.”
The Hunt is run by undisclosed members who gather their friends and put together this creative scavenger hunt that entices students to band together in teams of five to participate in acts that remain secrets forever. The Hunt was on sabbatical last year and has returned in full force for this semester, encouraging students to find teammates and submit their team name in order to participate this Friday. The Hunt definitely cares about the safety of the students, as they require a designated driver to be a member of said team.
Despite the variety of opinion on campus, The Hunt is all-inclusive and allows anyone to participate. They do not force students to do anything they are uncomfortable with. The Hunt is declared as a tradition, and traditions do not necessarily need to be followed by everyone.