RCB Formal is just that! Every year during the fall, students from all ten res colleges come together for a fun night of dancing, eating, and socializing. The event is hosted at a different location every year, such as the Navy Pier Children's Museum and the Chicago Field Museum. Fully catered, the students are free to dance the night away or explore what this year's location has to offer. If you have questions about ticket sales, concerns, or ideas, email the VP of Social Affairs.
When the VP of Social Affairs is not busy planning RCB Formal, they're usually planning other fun social events! Past events have included a trip to the zoo, 70's roller skating party, a "date night," a salsa night, and hide and seek.
RCB FIELD DAY
During RCB Field Day in the spring, all ten res colleges come together for friendly competition, food, music, and prizes. Events include, Tug-of-War, Water Balloon Toss, Gladiator (jousting), and the Chair-iot Race, where members of a res college push their respective Faculty Chair around the Lakefill in a shopping cart. Res college can also earn points through RCB Penny Wars, the Field Day Video Competition, and general spirit. If you have any questions, concerns, or ideas, email the VP of ICR.
The VP of ICR also plans other events, often in the spirit of friendly competition between res colleges! Past events have included RCBowling, attending Northwestern basketball games, painting the rock, and a snowball fight.
Due to Evanston noise and safety laws, it can be difficult for Evanston children to go trick-or-treating. As such, Norris hosts Project Pumpkin, a safe place for Evanston residents to trick-or-treat, do crafts, or participate in other Halloween activities. Each res college hosts a booth during this event and helps bring joy to the Evanston community. If you are interested in participating, have questions or concerns, or need help planning, contact the VP of Philanthropy or your res college's Philanthropy Chair.
Northwestern Dance Marathon in the winter is a campus wide philanthropy event where students dance for 30 hours straight to earn money for a local cause. Res colleges create teams that fund-raise and dance together, and the individual res college teams come together the day of DM to create a RC dance mob. For information about joining your res college's team, concerns, or other info, contact the VP of Philanthropy or your res college's Philanthropy Chair.
In order to earn money for Relay for Life and earn points for Field Day in the spring, res colleges compete in Penny Wars. Res college earn the monetary amount they have collected in coins, but are deducted the monetary amount they have in bills. For two days, res colleges add coins to their bins and add bills to their rivals. Sabotage is highly encouraged. If you have questions, concerns, or ideas for Penny Wars or Relay for Life, email the VP of Philanthropy.
The VP of Philanthropic Affairs also plans other community service events in and around Evanston. Events have previously included volunteering at the Shedd Aquarium, Clean Up, Evanston! on Earth Day, and Evanston's Zombie Scramble for Halloween.
Sporcle is a trivia competition where teams of four compete for fun prizes such as Amazon or Evanston gift cards. The contestants answer trivia questions throughout the competition, get free food, and bond with the other teams. If you have questions, concerns, or ideas, email the VP of Academic Affairs.
Res Talks is a two night event where students can come listen to Northwestern's professors talk about topics of interest. The professors could talk about any subject, be it the subject they teach, a field they are interested in, or something more informal like music preferences or brain games. Res Talks is an amazing opportunity to learn something new or meet some of Northwestern's esteemed professors. If you have questions, a professor recommendation, or other concerns, email the VP of Academic Affairs.
RCB QUIZ BOWL
Each winter, RCB Quiz Bowl puts the "nerd" in Nerdwestern. Teams of 1-4 people compete in a trivia game with diverse topics and have the opportunity to earn awesome prizes and eat great food. In previous years, there has also been a Spelling Bee. If you have questions about how to join, concerns, or ideas for RCB Quiz Bowl, contact the VP of Academic Affairs.
While RCB's academic events have traditionally including Sporcle, Res Talks, and Quiz Bowl, events change from year to year, having recently included a crossword challenge, Democratic debate bingo, and talk by FiveThirtyEight columnist Rob Arthur.
THE WEBSITE COMPETITION
The Website Competition, occurring every spring, helps the individual res college websites stay on track. For a two week period, suggestions, helpful tips, and requirements are sent out to the res colleges so they can keep their websites updated and running smoothly, as well as meeting all the requirements laid out by the RCB Executive Board. Then, the websites are judged based on the presence of required items, appearance, and accessibility, and the top three websites win a monetary prize for their respective res college. If you have questions about the requirements, concerns, or ideas, email the VP of PR.