Men dawning togas marched into Zoppelt, taking their seats for the night’s festivities. Some chanted, some danced.
Monday, Sept. 29 marked the return of Mantosterone Monday and the first all Ellis Melvin Roberts [EMR] community meeting.
“This was just to promote unity among the different floors of EMR,” head chaplain Brandon Pemberton said. “We believe EMR has a very strong culture and a very strong impact on ORU itself. We wanted to reinforce that and provide the men an opportunity to come together as a unified whole.”
Mantosterone Monday was conceived last year by students Zach Holderness, Nathan Roberts and Austin Whitaker.
“It hasn’t been going on for centuries,” Whitaker said. “But centuries from now, [people] will say ‘It’s been going on for centuries.’”
This year, EMR head leadership took charge of the event. Before the competition, all of EMR gathered in Zoppelt for a joint community meeting led by head resident advisers, academic peer advisers and chaplains.
Students were encouraged to wear togas. Most students draped themselves in bed sheets and other Greek-related items.
Guys from the wing Republic went against the theme and came dressed as ninjas. They arrived 10 minutes late to the meeting, dashing through the auditorium before silently taking their seats.
The meeting featured a game of Jeopardy and speeches about topics relating to EMR. The noise level continued to grow as the night progressed.
Student Nathan Dufour said the “craziness” of the meeting may have prevented the message from getting across.
After the meeting, everyone gathered on the lawn between Claudius and EMR for a tug-of-war tournament.
Wyatt Bullard, chaplain on Kingsmen, felt like the game and community building moments were successful.
“I feel like a lot of the traditions and cultures [in EMR] are shifting for the better,” Bullard said. “The dynamics, especially with the second floor, are changing a lot.”
Up until last year, the second floor of EMR was closed to students. This year, it opened as a freshman floor. This is the first year ORU dedicated an entire floor to freshmen.
Freshman Matthew Samuelson lives on Anchor, EMR 2 East. He competed with his wing in the games.
“It was a magnificent battle to the end of our voices,” Samuelson said. “I feel extremely proud of my dorm. I know that I’m in the greatest dorm in the history of the U.S.”
Mantosterone Monday will continue throughout the year, happening once a month.
“Not one bit [of it seemed absurd],” freshman Wesley Ahrens said. “I think it should have gone even harder. More toga party. More music. More dancing. Much toga. More toga party.”