Closing Look: Timeless Classics

The Pull tug-of-war and the Nykerk Cup competition travel as living history, journeying across generations to the present from the last decade of the 19th century and the fourth decade of the 20th. Although on the most basic level they express class rivalry — freshmen versus sophomores, even-years versus odd-years — the differences only matter in the context of the events. What makes the contests enduring is the opportunity that they provide to forge friendships while working toward a common goal — all while participating in traditions that are uniquely Hope.