Orientation Move-In Day
This year’s move-in day went out without a hitch. Ware College House HAs, athletic teams, Greek organizations, and campus clubs all help to move the newest Warians into their rooms quickly and efficiently. Following the House Induction ceremony in Roschel, Warians met their first year seminar professor for dinner to give first-years a chance to interact with their professor outside of the classroom setting, and to get to better know their classmates.
Orientation Color Wars
After a long day of moving in and saying goodbye the fun continued into the night as respective halls had the opportunity to bond over a little friendly competition, Color Wars. Each halls was assigned a team name like those seen on the 90’s game show, “Legends of the Hidden Temple,” and activities such as musical chairs, trivia, and marshmallow sculpture contests were spread through the commons. It was a fun way to begin orientation and get to know fellow hallmates better.
Many first-years would argue that the highlight of their orientation was the formal Dinner-Dance. Held on the final night of orientation at the Cork Factory Hotel, incoming first-years were treated to a fantastic dinner and a night of dancing, helping many first-years (and HAs) relax after days of non-stop activities.
To see Photos from all of our Orientation festivites, check out the album on our facebook page here.
Ware Mentors Kick-Off Event
In its second year, the Ware Mentors program once again sought to create bonds between incoming freshman and Ware upperclassmen. After exchanging emails with their mentor over the summer, our freshman were finally given the opportunity to put a face to the name. This event, held in the Great Room, included introductions, a few ice breaker games, and ended with a pizza dinner.
Ware Bagel Breakfasts
Bagel breakfasts, a weekly tradition in the Ware college house, offer all students a great incentive to get up early on a Tuesday morning. The house den is filled with warm bagels, coffee, orange juice, and the light tunes of a Mozart symphony to start the day on a high note. Students grab a quick bite on the way to class or often sit down to talk with our House Don and Dean who are always present.
Fill Your Fridge Central Market Event (September 22)
While campus always provides a wide array of activities, Warians also like to explore the surrounding Lancaster community. This event was a walking trip to Central Market organized through the Ware Sustainability Committee. Some Warians had lunch and a treat at the market while others purchased fresh produce to cook a meal in our very own Ware Kitchen that evening.
Sunday Night Supper Series
Taco Night (Nov 4)
Sunday Night Supper Series Taco night was a huge hit, feeding a long line of 60+ hungry Warians who were amidst weekend studies. Food included a full taco bar complete with all the favorite south of the border fixings.
Breakfast for Dinner (Jan 27)
While Warians weren’t just rolling out of bed on a Sunday morning, this Sunday Night Supper Series was a hit, especially among Warians who may overslept and missed Sunday brunch. Dinner included pancakes, bacon, tater tots, and other traditional breakfast favorites.
Ware Senior Lunches
For the first time ever, Ware Parliament actively sought to bring members of the senior class back to the house on a regular basis throughout the first semester with a series of catered lunches during the Tuesday “Uncommon Hour” in our Ware Great Room. We had sandwich platters brought in from Isaac’s and gave our senior Warians a chance to reconnect with each other on campus.
Hershey Park in the Dark Trip (October 19)
Held on the Friday of Parents weekend, this trip gave our Warians and their families the rare privilege to access Hershey theme park outside of its normal operating hours. The trip was a collaboration of all five college houses and while rain was impending the whole night, nothing dampened the spirits of our Warians. All in attendance had an absolute blast!
Ware Fall Festival (October 26)
Our annual Fall Fest was a hit among students,faculty, and their families. Attendees were given pumpkins that had been gathered from a local pumpkin patch and a carving party ensued in the Great Room (after tarps were laid down of course). Other fall festivities and games took place during the carving. This helped all in Ware College House get into the fall spirit!
Ware Unplugged Fall Ed. (October 27)
Ware Unplugged is a monthly open-mic night held in the Ware Great Room. Warians are encouraged to share their many talents with the hallmates and fellow Warians. The event showcased musical, poetic, and comedic talents in our house and was a fun night in for the over 60 people in attendance.
Ware Books is the house book club that meets semesterly. First semester the group read Dante’s Canto V and discussed the work and even learned a little italian over an Italian meal of tortellini, meatballs, tiramisu, and other italian treats. Second semester the group read Bereft by Chris Womersley and discussed in detail the intricacies that made this book such a cliffhanger, and enticing novel.
Ware Thanksgiving Dinner
This November, we all gathered around with our Ware family for the 's annual Thanksgiving dinner! Warians enjoyed mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, pie, and HA-carved turkey before heading home to feast with their families for Thanksgiving break. This year we were had the opportunity to share the feast with Nepali refugees living in Lancaster for their very first Thanksgiving meal. To see photos from our Thanksgiving dinner, check out the photo album on our facebook page!
Wareaoke (November 17)
First semester brought a few new events to our programming including our first ever Wareaoke, Ware’s take on traditional karaoke. The viewing screen was lowered in the Great Room and mics were set up so that people could come and go at ease singing everything from today’s hits to 90’s classics. The event extended far into the night and into the late hours of the morning with the microphone and stage never unused. To see photos from Wareaoke, check out the photo album on our facebook page!
Super Bowl Party (Feb 3)
As in past years, Parliament organized a Super Bowl viewing party in the Great Room, open to all Warians. Pizza, chicken wings, soda, and other foods were available for students to snack on while they cheered the Ravens and the 49ers towards victory.
Valentine’s Day Flower Sale (Feb 12)
Ware’s first annual Valentine’s day flower sale gave all Warians the chance to show someone their love on this special holiday. During the week leading up to Valentine’s Day roses were sold in the Fireplace Room and could be delivered per request. So much love was shared that before the week was up over 250 roses had been delivered throughout the House.
Ware 5th Anniversary Re-Dedication (Feb 22)
On the occasion of Ware College House’s 5th birthday, Ware Parliament and Professor Eigen organized a formal Re-Dedication ceremony for the Board of Trustees and other distinguished guests. As part of the re-dedication, members of House spoke about what Ware College House meant to them. Additionally, the Tourish family was recognized for their significant contributions to the House. After the ceremony in the Great Room, the festivities were moved to the catering suite for dinner and speeches by Professor Eigen, Paul Ware ‘72, and former Prime Minister Matt Haller ‘14. To see photographs from the event, check out the album on our facebook page!
Hershey Bears Trip (February 23)
For the second year in a row, Ware led the way organizing our annual inter-House trip to the Giant Center to see the 11-time Calder Cup Champion Hershey Bears take on the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL. Everyone who went was treated to a 3-0 Bears victory, and a great time was had by all!
Ware Unplugged Valentine’s Day ed. (March 1)
Ware Unplugged, Valentine’s Edition, was a take on our usual monthly open-mic night held in the Ware Great Room. Warians gathered around to listen to fellow house members as they showcased musical and poetic talents, with all performances having an interwoven thread of love that surrounds this special holiday.
March Madness Bracket (March 21)
As the month of March began, so did the craziness that ensues in college basketball. House members were able to fill out brackets online and monitor their standing throughout tournament season against fellow hallmates, housemates, and even President Porterfield.
Spherical Plastic Container Hunt (a.k.a Easter Egg Hunt) (April 6)
As the end of the year was fast approaching, this event was designed to bring out the kid in all of us. Easter Eggs were hidden throughout the commons and stuffed with candy, vouchers for Ware Wear, and even a $25 gift card.
Ware Senior Class “Homecoming” (April 19)
With graduation just a few weeks away, the senior Warians of the class of 2013 came together for one last evening to celebrate their time at F&M together where it all began in Ware College House. Warians were encouraged to invite faculty and professional staff members who had an impact on their time at F&M to have an evening together in our “third space.” We had a wonderful spread of food and drinks, as well as a slideshow of memories from freshman year to commemorate our time together. To see more photos from the festivites, check out the album on our facebook page!
Mini Golf Trip (April 20)
Ware Parliament took it on the road to get off campus and find our next Tiger Woods on our first ever Mini Golf Trip. We took a bus load of Warians out to hit the links, and though there may not be many opportunities to putt through windmills at Augusta, we found it never hurts to be prepared!
Inter-House BBQ (April 26)
With finals right around the corner, Warians joined members of all five college houses in an Inter-House barbeque held on the Ware Patio. All afternoon hamburgers, hot dogs, and veggie burgers were grilled up and served Rita’s Italian Ice on the side. It was a great way to encourage camaraderie among the houses while enjoying the great spring weather.
Ware Finals Food For Thought (April 30)
During reading days and finals week Warians need all the brain food they can get. On three nights during finals the social committee worked to provide dinner/snacks that included a nacho night, dessert for dinner, and a pizza night. Each meal was held in the kitchen so that students could come down from studying in their rooms and rejuvenate quickly before starting a long night of studying ahead.