BY: Andi Eckardt (Gainesville, GA)
This past week marked the wonderful time of year known as R.A.T.T. week on Brenau’s campus! It is in this week when the sophomores help educate freshmen about Brenau traditions and facts.
Each day, the sophomores walk stone-faced to the steps of Pearce Auditorium, chanting “RAT RAT RAT,” to rally in the rats for the night’s activities. The freshmen were very eager to get started with the questions and even more excited to perform the “consequences.”
The consequences are designed to make the sophomores laugh. Some of this year’s consequences were to sing Call Me Maybe in a country accent and to ask the person next to them to marry them.Sister classes love to help with this tradition by giving the freshmen tips on how to make the sophomores laugh and helping with the questions.
This year’s freshmen sported some elaborate costumes. Some of the craziest costumes included: Rufus the naked mole rat, a hoodrat, and a rugrat. There were quite a few awards given at the end of R.A.T.T. week celebration including: Best Dressed,
Most Devoted, and Funniest Rats. An award called “Solid Sophomore” was also given to the sophomore who laughed the least during the entire week.
R.A.T.T. Week is one of the first events that introduces the freshmen to the tradition-based campus that is Brenau.