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Mud Tug: An RIT Tradition

Patricia Schiotis on Thursday, 12 August 2010. Posted in Clubs, Community Service, Student Life

When you are eating at the Grace Watson Dining Hall, you may notice a large grass field located behind the building.  The grass is not always green, but actually appears muddy most of the fall.  Every September, the Brothers of Phi Kappa Psi and the sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha host “Mud tug.”  The grass fields behind Gracie’s get dug up, creating the mud pits for the tug-of-war competition.   Last year, Mud tug had over 1,200 participates, and raised over $6000 with all of the proceeds going to the Fisher House.

Mud tug is a student tradition, with teams created by sporting teams, Greek organizations, residence floors, workplaces, or groups of friends.  The competition is bracket-style, with 3 different divisions for the tugging.  There is an all male, an all female, and a co-ed division.

I know when I first arrived at RIT, the idea of a giant tug-of-war in the mud seemed ludicrous. But then I attended the event, and realized how much fun mud tug really was.  It seemed like all the students there were ready to tug for a good cause.  I also noticed that once you got dirty, your goal was to make everyone who was clean as dirty as possible. 

This year, the event will take place on September 25th, and all of the proceeds with be donated to the Hillside Family of Agencies.