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Off to a Good (and Good-Natured) Start

Penn College’s fourth annual “Wildcat Wars” tournament was but one of the activities on tap during “PC3,” a cornucopia of fun for students seeking a bit of friendship, civic service and flat-out distraction to help them navigate the first three weeks of the semester. In addition to the amiable contests among on- and off-campus students, initial offerings included a Riverwalk Cleanup along the West Branch, Campus Quizzo, Prize Palooza and Late Night in the Field House.

– Photos by J.J. Boettcher and Tia G. La, student photographers;
and Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of intramural sports and campus recreation

The orange-shirted warriors from Lancaster/York mix it up in the dodgeball arena.
The orange-shirted warriors from Lancaster/York mix it up in the dodgeball arena.

CDJ (Clinton, Delaware and Juniata halls) captured the relay races and dodgeball categories to win the competition with 35 points.
CDJ (Clinton, Delaware and Juniata halls) captured the relay races and dodgeball categories to win the competition with 35 points.

Gameday trash talk, Dauphin-style
Gameday trash talk, Dauphin-style

Wearing a "Game of Thrones"-inspired T-shirt, an off-campus/commuter student carries an egg during the day's relay portion ...
Wearing a “Game of Thrones”-inspired T-shirt, an off-campus/commuter student carries an egg during the day’s relay portion …

... which also included wheelbarrow races ...
… which also included wheelbarrow races …

... a hula-hoop challenge ...
… a hula-hoop challenge …

... and a three-legged race.
… and a three-legged race.

Refueling at the training table
Refueling at the training table

A force of nature was this blue-clad team from Dauphin Hall, which finished second overall ...
A force of nature was this blue-clad team from Dauphin Hall, which finished second overall …

... and first in kickball.
… and first in kickball.

The windup and the pitch!
The windup and the pitch!

Battle lines form on the Madigan Library lawn ...
Battle lines form on the Madigan Library lawn …

... where the competition nonetheless remained friendly and the rivalries respectful.
… where the competition nonetheless remained friendly and the rivalries respectful.

The victors, amassed in a photo scrum
The victors, amassed in a photo scrum

Have bags, will fill 'em
Have bags, will fill ’em

With characteristic vigor, Katie L. Mackey, director of campus and community engagement, rallies the clean-up crew.
With characteristic vigor, Katie L. Mackey, director of campus and community engagement, rallies the clean-up crew.

At the water's edge
At the water’s edge

Community Peer Educators joining the effort (from left) are Keenan A. Bayus, Tasia A. Werkmeister, Nina L. Walk and Timothy J. Schafer.
Community Peer Educators joining the effort (from left) are Keenan A. Bayus, Tasia A. Werkmeister, Nina L. Walk and Timothy J. Schafer.

An easily readable "cheat sheet" lets picker-uppers differentiate between throwaways and recyclables.
An easily readable “cheat sheet” lets picker-uppers differentiate between throwaways and recyclables.

Picking up after those who won't
Picking up after those who won’t

Wildcat student-athletes form a wall of willingness.
Wildcat student-athletes form a wall of willingness.

A volunteer makes a beautiful vista even more attractive.
A volunteer makes a beautiful vista even more attractive.

Hiking and helping
Hiking and helping

A Greek Life contingent lends a collective hand.
A Greek Life contingent lends a collective hand.

Putting their heads together for Quizzo success
Putting their heads together for Quizzo success

A decidedly non-trivial pursuit draws a meeting of the minds to CC Commons.
A decidedly non-trivial pursuit draws a meeting of the minds to CC Commons.

It's a wrap ...
It’s a wrap …

... as contestants mummify their teammates.
… as contestants mummify their teammates.

Keeping their eyes on the prizes – AND on their numbered cards!
Keeping their eyes on the prizes – AND on their numbered cards!

Relaxing on the bingo floor
Relaxing on the bingo floor

A Field House prize table beckons.
A Field House prize table beckons.

Check your cards carefully; do we have a winner?
Check your cards carefully; do we have a winner?

An oversized Jenga game was among the challenges for the 100 students who enjoyed the games (and french-fry bar) during "Late Night" recreation.
An oversized Jenga game was among the challenges for the 100 students who enjoyed the games (and french-fry bar) during “Late Night” recreation.

Grace and talent combine in properly lofting a beanbag at the cornhole tourney.
Grace and talent combine in properly lofting a beanbag at the cornhole tourney.

The college's new Wildcat logo adorns an intramural mini-hoop.
The college’s new Wildcat logo adorns an intramural mini-hoop.

A Sheetz gift card was won by Jacob R. Courtley, a landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis major from Ardara.
A Sheetz gift card was won by Jacob R. Courtley, a landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis major from Ardara.