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Storming the Arch

To date, no freshman class has made it through the Arch successfully.

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Established: Late 1940's

Storming of the Arch takes place on the second Wednesday of fall semester and is an optional rite of passage for first-year students. First-year students from across campus gather on North Lawn with the intention of charging the Cloister Arch and making it through to the other side. This mission is complicated by the group of upperclass students who serve as "defenders" of the Arch. The students discuss their strategy and then charge the Arch until they are all knocked down or someone gets through the gauntlet of upperclassmen. This event is organized by the men and women's rugby teams.