Students take a selfie with Swoosh at Songfest.
The crowd cheers at Songfest.
A group of students take a selfie with Dooley.
A group of students cheer at Songfest.
A student from the Complex performs with her group.
A group of students cheer at Songfest.
A group of students perform at Songfest.
A group of students perform at Songfest.
A group of students perform at Songfest.
President Claire E. Sterk takes a video from the crowd.
The Complex performs at Songfest.
The Complex cheers after winning Songfest 2017.
The Complex celebrates their win.
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Photos: Songfest unites first-year Emory students

Aug. 25, 2017

Woodruff PE Center was packed on Thursday evening, Aug. 24, as first-year students competed in Songfest, a beloved Emory tradition where students from each residence hall perform an original song about their new home.

Judged by Emory administrators, the competition is fierce but friendly, and practicing and performing together is a great way for students to start making friends in their residence halls.

Swoop, Emory's official eagle mascot, and Dooley, the university's skeletal spirit of misrule, were on hand to enjoy the competition, as was Emory President Claire Sterk.

This year's winner — for the second consecutive year — is the Complex, the housing community made up of Hopkins, Smith and Thomas halls.