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Clash of the Quads

The University at Albany has many wonderful traditions, and Clash of the Quads is one of them. This year's Clash of the Quads competition will be held on Saturday, September 20th at 1pm in the SEFCU Arena.

The Clash tradition began around 1913 and actually lasted into the 1960’s. It was a rivalry between the freshman and sophomore classes that eventually also included upperclassmen. Teams were designated by different colors and mascots. The classes would also have their own class song, fight song and a large banner that featured their class year and mascot. Rivalry started on Campus Day, an event held in late October and lasted throughout the year until Moving-Up-Day just before Commencement.

The rivalry was revitalized in 2003 by UAlbany's Spirit Committee, a group which consists of students, athletes, faculty and staff, but the revitalized rivalry became ‘Clash of the Quads’. In Clash of the Quads teams of students from the five quads and University Apartments compete in a series of events, enjoying the challenge and developing a camaraderie could help lead their team to victory. The teams are still designated by color as each quad/apartments wears its color. Team t-shirts are distributed prior to the start of competition.

Quad / Apartments Colors:

  • Alumni Quad: Green
  • Colonial Quad: Purple
  • Dutch Quad: Blue
  • Indian Quad: Black
  • State Quad: Red
  • University Apartments: Orange

Among the list of competitive events are Laser Tag, Bungee Distance Run, Defender Dome, Micro-Reality Car Racing, Extreme Obstacle Course, Golf Ball Race, Sack Race, Relay Race, Musical Chairs, Volleyball, Basketball Shoot-Out, Brain Bowl and Word Search.

Points are awarded to the winner and the runner up of each event and the quad with the most points at the end of the Clash competitions is the winner.

Past Winners:

  • 2013: Colonial Quad
  • 2012: Colonial Quad
  • 2011: Colonial Quad
  • 2010: State Quad
  • 2009: Dutch Quad
  • 2008: Alumni Quad
  • 2007: University Apartments
  • 2006: Indian Quad
  • 2005: Dutch Quad
  • 2004: State Quad
  • 2003: State Quad