Dooley’s Week tradition shifts to online activities for 2020

Emory Report | April 1, 2020

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Transitioning to remote learning isn’t stopping Dooley’s Week, a campus tradition for students that honors the university’s unofficial mascot. The Student Programming Council revamped its plans for Dooley’s Week 2020 to accommodate the remote learning currently in effect.

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Dooley’s Week, a campus tradition that honors the university’s unofficial mascot, is taking place this week despite the implementation of remote learning for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Student Programming Council shifted its original plans for the week – which was aptly themed “Dooley Breaks the Internet” weeks before remote learning went into effect – to an all-online format.

“We understand that the Emory community is coping with the stress of the transition online, so we want to find ways to celebrate during such tough times,” says Teffin Benedict, SPC president. “We have created a series of online activities and challenges to bring Emory’s favorite tradition to students virtually and add some fun to your quarantine routine.”

Activities kicked off with a weeklong challenge that runs until noon on Friday, April 3. Students can post a Tik Tok of themselves either doing a dance to one of Gunna’s songs (as seen on the Emory SPC Tik Tok) or one of their own “memey” Tik Toks. Tag @emoryspc and #Dooley’sWeek so the SPC can see all the submissions. Videos also can be posted on other social media channels for additional entries.

Other challenges and activities early in the week included drawing a picture of Dooley on InstaStories, checking out Dooley’s Top Hits of 2020, an Emory themed trivia night on Instagram and Facebook game night with friends.

Thursday’s challenge is to post a picture or story on Instagram or Facebook while doing a favorite quarantine activity.

A “Google Hangout/Zoom with 12 strangers” also will be held on Thursday. Complete this form to receive the Google Hangouts link and time to join. Use it as a chance to meet new students and come together as an Emory community.

The winner of the Tik Tok Weekly Challenge on will be announced on Friday. Students should also get their popcorn ready because the week will wrap up with a movie on Friday night. Cast votes for which movie to watch and SPC will stream it on Netflix Party. 

Students can tag the SPC on the group’s social media accounts (Instagram, Facebook and Tik Tok) with @emoryspc. Each submission enters the participant in a drawing for a Dooley’s Week t-shirt. 

Daily challenge winners will be announced each day on SPC’s Instagram story; SPC will contact winners individually about mailing t-shirts when it is safe to do so.