Residential colleges win big – Interim president presents awards for academics, athletics

Springer-Franklin Residential College took home the President’s Cup in athletics and James H. Richmond and Lee Clark residential colleges tied for the President’s Cup in top academic performance.

The President’s Cup rewards the top residential college in both outstanding academic and athletic performances every year.

Dean Anthony II, co-president of Springer-Franklin, said winning the athletics award felt great and was made possible by the hard work of several people.

“We kept our eye on the prize all season,” Anthony said. “Everyone worked really hard and we strived to be the best.”

Anthony said he hopes the success of Springer-Franklin will be repeated again in the future.

Elizabeth College came in second place in the athletics division and Clark and Hart residential colleges tied for the third-place spot.

The athletic sector of the President’s Cup is determined by participation and finished points in both major and minor sports.

The academic award proved to be a close race this year, with less than one point separating the first and third-place winners.

Richmond and Clark tied for the first place spot, and Hart placed third.

Shannon Mitchem, president of Residential College Council for Richmond, said she is honored and proud of Richmond for taking home the first-place prize.

“Education and academics is what our time at Murray is all about, so I am very glad we won this award,” Mitchem said. “Our college is made up of several different students who all came together and made this happen.”

Andrew Green, president of RCC for Clark, said he could not be more proud to see all of Clark’s hard work pay off.

“Academics are such a huge part of the college experience,” Green said. “It does not come second to anything else.”

Green said he would like to thank everyone who worked hard to make the award possible for Clark.

The academic sector of the President’s Cup is awarded to the residential college with the most outstanding academic performance all-around.

Interim President Tim Miller spoke at the award ceremony and said the importance of residential colleges cannot be stressed enough.

“Our residential colleges help our University stand out from the rest,” Miller said. “They are extremely important to our success.”

Miller said he encourages the residential colleges to keep up the good work.


Story by Rebecca Walter, Staff Writer