Twice a year, graduate students and faculty members face-off against the undergrad population in an an epic battle of Titans vs Olympians. Dozens of students cycle in for a chance to score a goal against faculty members as other students, faculty, and staff cheer from the sidelines.
A tradition for the past 6 years, the two most recent gatherings have drawn the biggest crowd yet, delighting the faculty that organized them. Professor Aldo Tagliabue said that "Professors in the Department of Classics love spending time with their students, and playing soccer both at the beginning and at the end of every academic year is a great way to celebrate "our being together"."
This entertaining event gives students the opportunity to see their professors outside of the classroom and to mingle with their fellow Classics students. Second-year grad student Samuel Reich loves the event because it is a great opportunity to see the people of the department in a new setting and get to know the professors more closely. Reich calls the match a "fun event that brings the department together and ... a great indicator of the flourishing of the classics community."
The next soccer match is on Friday, September 29, 2023 at 4:30 pm on the McGlinn fields, west of the Hammes Bookstore basketball courts with pizza and drinks for both players and spectators.