Our lovely Food and Fireside Chairs have been putting on an amazing series of Munchies events this quarter! This quarter's munchies have included some international snacks (mochi, samosas, and Brazilian cheese bread), nostalgic snacks (Capri-Sun, cosmic brownies, Go-Gurt, and more), and sugary treats (soda and candy)! They have plenty more in store for the rest of the quarter, so make sure to come to the WFFL every Wednesday for some free food!
Samosas, mochi ice cream, and pão de queijo! Yum
What to look forward to:
Firesides are presentations given by faculty, student groups, and fellow residents throughout the year. They are hosted in the WFFL next to Willard’s very own fireplace. Topics covered in the past have included “The Incredibles as Free Market Propaganda” and “Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Guano but Were Afraid to Ask.” Anyone can host!
This weekly event presents Woos with the opportunity to grab lunch at a nearby dining hall with Willard’s fellows. Here, you can find Woos making conversation with faculty members from all different departments.
This weekly mid-afternoon event gives every college student what they so desperately need: coffee. And also free food. Residents can enjoy conversation enhanced with cookies, cheese platters, and other snacks.
Special to Us: Sitdown Sitcom
In this weekly event, the dorm watches a few episodes from a sitcom chosen by the residents. Previous series have included "Parks and Recreation," "The Office," and "The Good Place." Have a series you want to see at Sitdown Sitcom? Reach out to your local Social Chair!
Woo-Shep Olympics (3/6) - Willard won the Woo-Shep Olympics against Shepard Residential College! Woos bested the Sheep in Drawphone, Quiplash, Scattergories, and Codenames! Until next year...
These rooms are Willard collaboration spaces often used for meetings and events. B06 is a small conference room perfect for that RA meeting. B72 is a classroom and also a meeting space for larger clubs.
Willard maintains a calendar with all events for the month. It’s in the basement. It’s cool. Our secretary has neat handwriting, so that’s a plus.
We have one. You should contribute to the fabric of democracy and read it.
But seriously, if you want to learn about the different positions on Exec or how Exec works, this is the place to do it!
Located in Willard’s basement, the Collab room is perfect for anyone who wants to get work done but doesn’t want to cross the frozen tundra to Main in the dead of winter. You can work with friends and use the whiteboards and butcher paper provided in the rooms as you desperately try to remember the argument Hobbes makes for the human state of nature.
The Faculty-in-Residence (FIR) is a member of Northwestern’s faculty who lives with their family in an apartment attached to the dorm. They host dinners and other events regularly for Willard residents (and they’re super cool!).
Willard’s Executive Board takes charge of creating all dorm events, ensures the dorm runs smoothly, and tries to make sure all residents are happy with the Woo Shack life. If you want a full description of each officer’s job, check out our Exec bios!
The Willard Fellows are faculty members with unique ties to Willard Residential College. They come to events planned by the dorm, engage with Woos, and even host exclusive classes and events for Willard residents.
Each floor has a lounge equipped with a kitchen, perfect if you want to prep a meal but don’t want to leave the dorm. You can often find people baking or just hanging out. The first floor lounge is typically used by all dorm residents, while the other lounges are usually confined to the floor’s residents.
It’s how Woos connect their computers to the TV-- all around the building (which has so, so many TVs), but mostly in the first floor lounge. Just please, please don’t put it by the fireplace when the fire is on. Things can melt.
Central is Willard's junior Exec, a group of residents who assist the Executive Board in planning dorm-wide events. Applications go out in fall quarter to join the group. In the past, Central has put together a dorm-wide game of Assassins, Niche Powerpoint Night, and Sitdown DCOM. If you've got ideas and you want to make them a reality, Central is the group for you!
RCB Field Day
All that is important to Willard. The points. The. Points. You get them for attending events. You need at least 40 to return to the building for another year (super easy to get trust me). The ultimate indicator of social status. Points. Points. Points. We love them points.
Willard competes annually against all of the other residential colleges in RCB Field Day. Hosted on the Lakefill, one could say it’s a hoot and a holler. We always bring our A game, though, so be prepared to win.
Willard slang for “Let’s go Woos,” this phrase is applicable almost everywhere. A Woo does well on an orgo exam? 'Sko Woos. We win IM dodgeball? Sko Woos. We ignite a proletarian revolution? Sko Woos. The phrase is also often accompanied by the making of one's hands into a "W" (see the bottom of this page for an example!)
As a member of Willard Residential College, you belong to the Southwest Neighborhood, which includes other nearby dorms. The neighborhood regularly hosts events in and around Willard, including Snacks by Southwest, which essentially means free food on Sunday evening.
Every year, Willard hosts a super-cool, amazing formal for its residents. Most recently, our formal was in the 99th floor of the Sears Tower (yes, that's Sears, not Willis). That’s 93 more floors than what Willard has if you include the basement.
The Willard First Floor Lounge. The first floor lounge is open to all residents, and you can often hear people in the halls shouting “meet me in the WFFL!” The space is often home to many dorm-wide events, including Waffles in the Wffl, where residents ate Eggo waffles during Reading Week. Although Donkey from “Shrek” may have been referring to the food in his iconic line, “and in the morning, I’m making waffles,” here, you’ll most likely find that any reference to waffles is more likely a reference to the WFFL.
At the beginning of the year, all residents join a GroupMe chat for the dorm, known as the Woochat. Here, your social chairs will advertise a lot of events, people will ask if anyone’s seen their sweater, and it will be your primary source of memes related to that inevitable 2:00 a.m. fire alarm.
This term refers to all of the residents of Willard Residential College. Once a Woo, always a Woo. 'Sko Woos!
There’s an ongoing debate about whether the roof actually exists. Both arguments are convincing, and there are die-hard believers for both sides. Pick a side and help your fellow Woos determine if the roof is, in fact, real.