The third annual Battle of the Plug competition in which Western Carolina University and Appalachian State University compete to see which university’s residence halls can conserve the most energy began April 4 and will continue through Friday, April 25.
Each institution will measure which of its residence halls saves the greatest percentage of energy as well as how the percentage of energy reduction in participating buildings overall compares with the percentage of energy reduction at the rival institution. WCU won the title the first year of the Battle of the Plug contest in 2012, and ASU won last year.
Campuswide Battle of the Plug events at WCU include a “Be Ready for the Battle” kick-off to be held in Courtyard Dining Hall on Thursday, April 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. as well as a “Whee Do It in the Dark” dance party in the Cats Den on Saturday, April 26, from 7 to 11 p.m. The dance will feature a live deejay, games and food, and attendees are encouraged to wear white T-shirts and bring glowsticks.
To help celebrate WCU’s 125th anniversary, the competition also will have a “Livin’ 1889” component in which students are encouraged to turn off electronic devices and live like Western Carolina’s students did 125 years ago.
In addition, the event will tie in with WCU’s annual Earth and Wellness Celebration on Tuesday, April 15. Co-hosted by the WCU Energy Management Office and Campus Recreation and Wellness, the event combines the Earth Day celebration with health and wellness and will be held on the lawn of A.K. Hinds University Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will enjoy games, hula hooping, a drum circle and giveaways related to supporting health and the local community, and have the chance to visit more than 30 booths sponsored by community vendors and nonprofit and student organizations.
Support from the Student Government Association and the Resident Student Association also will enable giveaways throughout the event.
The winning residence hall at WCU not only will receive a set of CornHole gameboards but also a plaque, which will remain in the residence hall until next year’s competition.