Meet the New Hume Cup Captains!

Story by Hannah Calderazzo

As Fall semester gets underway, the UF Honors Program and the Department of Housing and Residence Life have been hard at work bringing a new and exciting update to the Hume Cup competition. Previously, each floor from both Hume East and West competed in the Hume Cup. They earned points by completing activities (e.g. cooking a meal in Hume), as well as participating in events like a scavenger hunt or trivia night.

Now, residents of Hume Hall can look forward to a more amped-up and formal competition system with new and improved rules. Previously, high attendance to some events could earn a floor more points, but the new Hume Cup competitions will not be dependent on how many people participate. Students will also no longer have to upload photos of themselves at events to earn points—instead, different activities and events will have check-ins to take attendance. The winning team with the most points will earn an amazing prize at the end of the year!

In addition to the restructured competition, a new position of House Captain has been created. Floors used to nominate a fellow resident as their team leader, but now the House Captains are presiding over four “houses” that have been created by grouping floors together in Hume West and East. The houses are designated by four different colors: Red, green, purple, and yellow. New Hume residents even received a t-shirt in their house color from the Honors Program. While currently only organized by arbitrary colors, the Honors Program and Department of Housing hope that Hume residents will choose their own house colors, theme, and name.

Besides managing their houses, the House Captains, along with their respective Academic and Social Engagement Chairs, will create Hume Cup activities, organize team floors, and let students know about upcoming competitive events. This brand new group is excited to begin a new year, and we hope you’ll check out their profiles to learn more about each captain and the updated competition!

Name: Emily Miller
Year: Second
Major: Biology
Favorite Interests/Hobbies: Reading
From: Jupiter, Florida
House Captain of: House Green–Hume West Ground, 1st, and 2nd floor

What inspired you to become a House Captain for this upcoming year?
It was my own experience as a freshman Hume resident last year that inspired me to apply for the position. While my time in the dorm was cut short in spring, I made so many great memories and it was easily one of the best things to come from my first year at UF. As a returning resident, I already wanted to help new students make their year in Hume as enjoyable as mine was, so when the new House model was announced, I was thrilled and jumped at the opportunity to assist in developing the program for Hume residents.

What are you most excited about for this new House Cup competition?
I’m most excited to see the effect of friendly competition on bringing houses together and introducing students to new people from all around the Hume Area. I think the House Cup will really help in fostering more relationships between Hume residents that may not live on the same floor or building, increasing the sense of community within the dorm.

What special cup event would you like to see happen this year?
There have been so many exciting event ideas so far, but the one I would most like to see is a door or house floors decorating contest.

Are there any precedents you are hoping to set for future House Captains or House Cup competitions?
The main goal is to improve the sense of community across the Hume Area as a whole, but also create smaller, intrinsic groups within the Houses, as well. I really hope that we set a precedent for future House Captains to be involved, not only when it comes to the competition, but also in creating a tight-knit community environment for their own House completely outside of the House Cup.

What is your vision for this new House Cup competition, especially as students now have to contend with the difficulties and restrictions of COVID-19?
I’m still excited for what the House Cup has to offer in creating relationships between residents, but this year, those relationships will have to be from a safe distance. The safety of all students comes first and the events within my House and for the competition will be designed with that being a priority. However, I believe the House Cup will still be a fantastic way for students to safely get to know their fellow residents and have a lot of fun!

What do you hope participating students will receive from this experience?
I hope students who participate will make lasting friendships and memories. The first year is exciting, but tough for a lot of reasons and I wish for residents to feel as though Hume is their “home away from home” and a place where they can get support from other students.

Name: Kaitlyn Tucker
Year: Second
Major: Marine Sciences and Biology
Favorite Interests/Hobbies: Reading, playing ukulele, running, collecting 80’s memorabilia
From: New Port Richey, Florida
House Captain of: House Red–Hume West 3rd and 4th floor

What inspired you to become a House Captain for this upcoming year? 
I was fortunate enough to have had a relatively “typical” first semester as a freshman, with in-person club meetings and classes. Having these experiences allowed me to find a great friend group and make connections in my field of study. With the significant changes to this semester caused by COVID-19, freshman and upperclassmen may not have these opportunities. As a House Captain, I hope to provide my peers with opportunities to get to know one another and make connections in a safe environment, despite the current limitations.

What are you most excited about for this new House Cup competition? 
I am most excited about meeting the other House Captains and working together to encourage the honors student body to play an active part in our events.

What special cup event would you like to see happen this year?
I would like to see the Haunted Hume event happen this year, although I do understand that there will have to be some changes if this event occurs.

Are there any precedents you are hoping to set for future House Captains or House Cup competitions?
As a House Captain, I would like to emphasize the importance of treating the House Cup competitions as a way to socialize and have fun, rather than as a serious competition. As a stereotype, you might say that those who are selected for the Honors program are more competitive than the average college student, particularly in academics. By encouraging honors students to focus on the light-hearted nature of the events, we could increase the camaraderie of the participants.

What is your vision for this new House Cup competition, especially as students now have to contend with the difficulties and restrictions of COVID-19?
There should be multiple Zoom events held over the semester, to ensure that as many students can participate as possible. Perhaps House Captains could hold arts and crafts events over Zoom or conduct a trivia game.

What do you hope participating students will receive from this experience?
I hope that participating students will find an accepting and supportive friend group, as I did during my Freshman year.

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Name: Alisha Patel
Year: Third 
Major: Biochemistry & Anthropology Double Major  
Favorite Interests/Hobbies: Sewing/embroidering doll clothing, website design, playing piano, reading, cooking, and watching sci-fi/fantasy series and movies
From: Wellington, Florida (near West Palm Beach), but originally from the Tampa Bay area
House Captain of:  House Purple–Hume East Ground, 1st, and 2nd floor

What inspired you to become a House Captain for this upcoming year? 
I wanted to share my love of Hume with new and existing residents of Hume and ensure everyone has a positive experience at Hume regardless of COVID 19 barriers.

What are you most excited about for this new House Cup competition? 
I’m really excited to meet new residents and create fun as well as socially distant activities and events.

What special cup event would you like to see happen this year?
I really would like to see a door decorating contest, possibly, one for every holiday. I am curious to see the door designs Hume residents will dream up.

Are there any precedents you are hoping to set for future House Captains or House Cup competitions?
Definitely some sort of game night challenge or trivia night between members of different houses. Last year, we had sports competitions between houses, but I’d like to introduce a challenge between houses for those a little less into sports.

What is your vision for this new House Cup competition, especially as students now have to contend with the difficulties and restrictions of COVID-19?
My vision for this new House Cup competition is one where students are able to interact with each other, but at the same time be socially distant. We (the house captains) were comparing our experiences at Hume and most of our experiences involved other residents. I want this year’s residents to be involved with each other and hopefully we can do this through virtual events like game night.

What do you hope participating students will receive from this experience?
I hope participating students will be able to experience Hume as I did — as a home away from home and an enriching environment to work, study, play, and make lasting friendships.

Name: Stephen Morton
Year: Second
Major: Mechanical Engineering with a Minor in Fine Art
Favorite Interests/Hobbies: Going to theme parks, creating art, watching movies, and playing games with friends
From: Orlando, Florida. I lived in Singapore for four years before returning to Orlando for high school.
House Captain of: Yellow House–Hume East 3rd and 4th floor

What inspired you to become a House Captain for this upcoming year? 
I wanted to get more involved in the dorm community and make it inviting for the new class of honors students.

What are you most excited about for this new House Cup competition? 
I am excited to start new traditions that can be continued for all the future classes of honors students who choose to live in Hume

What special cup event would you like to see happen this year?
I would like to see holiday challenges for Halloween, Thanksgiving and winter holidays that encourage everyone in the house and Hume Hall to work together. The competition can be used to benefit the community, such as food drives, while building house spirit.

Are there any precedents you are hoping to set for future House Captains or House Cup competitions?
I want to ensure that Hume is a community where all people feel included and there is a way for everyone to contact the leadership of Hume.

What is your vision for this new House Cup competition, especially as students now have to contend with the difficulties and restrictions of COVID-19?
I envision the competitions to simulate the real events as much as possible. Some of the competitions may be done by students on their own time and something will be sent to the captains for judging, along with virtual meetings in place of events such as the famous Trivia with Dr. Law.

What do you hope participating students will receive from this experience?
I hope that this house cup will make their year in Hume memorable. With COVID-19 getting in the way of our schedules, the House Cup competition should add fun and a sense of community.

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