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Commons Cup

Community, Unity, Partnership: Claim the Cup

Commons Cup The Commons Cup is a first-year tradition intended to promote social and academic acculturation to Vanderbilt University and integration of each first year class through House competition and Commons-wide community engagement.  

The Commons Cup consists of five categories - Academics, Athletics, Community Involvement, Service, and Sustainability.  Students participate throughout the academic year to earn points within each category for their respective Houses while utilizing these opportunities to build relationships and forge lasting memories within each class of undergraduates.  

The Commons Cup is awarded to the House that obtains the most cumulative points throughout the course of the academic year (September through March) based on the five categories of the competition.  Each category is worth 20% of the total number of possible points. 

The floor representatives in each House are charged with overseeing The Commons Cup competition for their respective House, and will be trained, report to, and collaborate with other floor representatives through the CommonDores Leadership Council.

Academics

At the core of the Vanderbilt experience is academics.  In this category, Commons residents can explore their intellectual similarities and differences while learning with and from one another.

  • Fall Knowledge Bowl
  • Spring Knowledge Bowl

Athletics

Physical fitness is a core component of personal well-being.  In this category, Commons residents are given the opportunity to develop their skills in team work and problem solving through three friendly tournaments.

  • Ultimate Frisbee Competition
  • Indoor Recreational Sports Competition
  • Volleyball Competition

Community Involvement

Essential to community building is engaged citizenship and active participation in the House and Commons communities.  Community Involvement measures student engagement in these areas.

  • Special Signature Event
  • Fall Fan Support
  • Spring Fan Support

Service

Part of becoming a global citizen requires appreciation for and service to our local community.  In this category, Commons residents work to build community partnerships and give back to Nashville.

  • All-Commons Service Week
  • Penny War Competition 

Sustainability

With an emphasis on environmental conservation, this category encourages Commons residents to consider their environmental footprint and to take steps to reduce the negative impact we, as a community, have on the earth.

  • Yearlong Energy Conservation
  • Commons “Unplugged” Week

With questions about The Commons Cup, please contact Natalee Erb

"The Commons Cup, a friendly competition amongst the Houses, helps foster a sense of community through inter-House activities of every kind.  There are academic, athletic, and service-based activities to appeal to every type of student." - Adam Taylor, C'18, West House Resident