noun | tra · di · tion | \trə-ˈdi-shən\
: a way of thinking, behaving, or doing something that has been used by the people in a particular group, family, society, etc., for a long time
: the stories, beliefs, etc., that have been part of the culture of a group of people for a long time
Dean Camp's Tradition
Every Wednesday around 6 or 7 in the evening, Dean Camp opens his home to all members of Crum for food and fellowship. Most nights, there is music playing outside, gatherings on the patio and inside by the food. This is Crum Common’s staple tradition and most important gathering. It provides a space and place for members of Crum to regularly meet, engage in intellectual discourse, and to know and be known by one another. Every week, Dean Camp hosts special guests ranging from bakers and directors to professors and coaches here at SMU.
Crum vs. Armstrong Water Balloon Fight
On the eve of Camp Corral (after moving in), all new students meet in Moody Coliseum for the Corral Kick-Off. After the Kick-Off, you will return to Crum Commons, and thousands of water balloons will be waiting in the quad of Crum and Armstrong. This is the first of many rivalry competitions Crum engages in with Armstrong. Last year’s winner of the water balloon fight was clear. Crum’s army of balloon archers was unmatched, and our reputation of domination will continue again a second time. [VIDEO]
Crum Pinning Ceremony
Every year, the Crum community comes together to induct the newest members to the family. Usually around the first week of school, everyone dresses to the nines to enjoy a deliciously catered meal and honor the next generation. After the feast, each new Crum Fellow is given a shiny, new Crum pin to show off their Crum pride on their backpack, favorite denim jacket, or even lapel!
SMU Home Cruming
This is the 100th year of SMU’s Homecoming Tradition and the 2nd year of Crum’s HomeCRUMing tradition. This homecoming is going to be the biggest jamboree in SMU’s history. Throughout the week of celebrations, Crum will have the opportunity to compete in the homecoming games (banner creation, Peruna painting, field day, etc.). Last year, Crum Commons won the banner competition out of all student organizations on campus, and took 1st place beating all other commons.
In the cool autumn air of October, 11 commons meet on the field of battle to prove their dominance in the realms of athleticism, intellect, and strategy. For one evening, the commons will engage in competitions like Canoe Battleship, Connect4, bubble soccer, Dodgeball, etc. (*last year’s events). Crum was victorious and took home the GOLD!
The Great Crumpkin
The Great Crumpkin is a fall tradition that originated with Crum’s homecoming dynamic duo theme “Snoopy and Woodstock”. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a film by cartoonist great Charles Schulz. The Great Crumpkin is a celebration of the fall with pumpkin carving, fall treats, and this year, a delicious catered meal outside in the quad.
“Each year, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere. He’s gotta pick this one. He’s got to. I don’t see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one. You can look around and there’s not a sign of hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see.” - Linus
Scary Movie Nights
The living room of Crum always has something going on. In the month of October, there will almost always be some kind of “Scary Movie” playing. Scary does not always mean horror, and maybe “Halloween” would be a more appropriate genre for this tradition. Films ranging from “Nightmare on Elm Street” to “Hocus Pocus” will be screened for all to enjoy. Corn will be popped regularly with a variety of tasting options such as classic butter, parmesan cheese, truffle oil, cinnamon sugar, and garlic.
‘Tis the season for hot cocoa, colorful lights, ginger bread, and freezing cold fire alarm evacuations. The Holidays in Crum are taken to a completely new level of cheer. The living room is transformed into an oasis of comfort, lights, and free hot chocolate (BYOM..Bring Your Own Mug). A large tree is donned in the living room and a tree and menorah can be found on every floor. Everyone can celebrate the season’s cheer at the Celebration of Lights, a campus wide extravaganza at Dallas Hall which includes Holiday music, storytelling and more hot cocoa!
You come in through the front door of Crum, picking at the food in your to-go box from the dining hall. You smell pancakes. Looking up, you suddenly remember what day of the week it is: Pancake Day. You forgot. Again. You stare at the line of your peers, all excitedly waiting for the next batch. Everyone, socializing and laughing as they wait and eat. But, there you stand, with the box you just got from Arnold. Now comes an import- ant decision: give into the pancakes or eat the healthy dinner you swore you were going to eat. (The answer? Pancakes. It’s always pancakes.)