'This is our celebration'

Annual first-year engineering jacket slam celebrated in front of Clark Hall Pub


A sea of purple descended on the patio surrounding Clark Hall Pub and the Campus Bookstore late this morning as first-year engineering students took part in the annual jacket slamming event.

The applied science class of 2016 marked the end of fall engineering exams by donning their purpled jackets and then partaking in the jacket slam in front of a crowd of spectators and friends. The slamming commenced around noon and drew in passersby to watch and listen.

“It’s like your welcoming into engineering,” Michelle Murat, Sci ’16, said, noting that she first heard about the tradition during Frosh Week. “It’s so exciting.”

“This is our celebration,” Danielle Maltais, Sci ’16, added.

The event isn't sanctioned by the Engineering Society (EngSoc), although members were on hand helping out with the event. EngSoc declined to comment.

According to the unofficial tradition, first-years must wait until after fall engineering exams to wear their jackets, or “GPA”s (Golden Party Armour) as they’re referred to.

In 2010, then-EngSoc president Victoria Pleavin told the Journal that the tradition of slamming jackets during Frosh Week and after fall exams is done as a sign of “respect and celebration.”

It’s a sentiment that frosh seem to agree with; for Tina Zhu, Sci ’16, the tradition represents how it’s “so nice to be in engineering.”

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