Mechanical bull amuses
A little bit of rodeo came bucking into Smith Union last Friday night as Residential Life sponsored Bowdoin's first-ever mechanical bull extravaganza. While some students displayed their spirit by sporting cowboy hats and spurs and others were only there for the ride, the unbeatable beast took center stage by making sure that everyone got bucked up.
The event was initiated by aspiring cowboy Tim Dooley '06, RA and makeshift firefighter in Mayflower Apartments. With the support of Res Life and the college houses, Dooley's dream was brought to fruition.
Though the riding went on throughout the night, an hour was devoted to awarding prizes at the discrepancy of college house presidents. Categories ranged from Most Sensual to Most Pathetic ride. Between gyrating hips and awkward attempts at spanking the bull into submission, judging was no easy task.
Observing from the sidelines with Baxter House's prize of beef jerky and a cowboy set in hand, house president David Noland '04 expressed his enthusiasm for the event, "I'm so glad I'm not graduating on time, so I can ride it again next year." Throbbing thighs, skinned knuckles, and wide grins indicated that all underclassmen who mounted the monster would invariably agree.
While many enjoyed the experience upon the bucking bronco, mechanical bull riding also proved to be an exciting spectator sport. Onlookers not only got to watch their friends and foes get thrown in shoeless embarrassment, but also were also treated to chips and dip, provided by the sponsors.
Despite bruises and whiplash, the night was a great success. Res Life came through in proving once again that it's all just a bunch of bull.
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