Edinboro attempts to bring students together through BoroBrood Community

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Wednesday, October 6th, 2021 at 4:02 PM
Edinboro attempts to bring students together through BoroBrood Community  by Emma McNeeley
BoroBroos builds a community feeling for students with games and activities. Photo taken by Emma McNeeley

Gary Kagiavas, head women’s soccer coach and founder of the BoroBrood, wanted a way to bring students together on campus. Now, thanks to the combined power of Smash Brothers and cornhole, students have begun befriending peers in their dorms faster than ever. 

At the end of the 2019 semester, exit interviews asking students about their experience while on campus were conducted. “We had exit interviews with some of the kids... it didn’t feel like they were leaving anything behind, it felt like they were just leaving a building,” Kagiavas said. This has been a problem in the past, as students were not bonding with neighbors and had trouble building up relationships that lead to friendships. To combat this, he found a way to get students together in the dorms and talk with their peers to build a community with an almost family feeling, which is often found in sports. 

Each dorm building is a house with a designated name and shirt color and here is also a sports team associated with each. For example, Highlands 6 is Wallace House and green with soccer and lacrosse. While Highlands 3 is Stewart House and Gold with volleyball and women’s basketball. 

In addition to Kagiavas, the athletic department has helped to take a dorm and be a part of the team. 

“We obviously have the sports team, which is the focus of what we (the athletic department) do, so in the dorms it’s kinda the same thought process... each dorm it has its own academic success person, its own coach, faculty member and even the police have offered to be a part of different dorms,” Kagiavas said. 

The goal is to build that community feeling within dorms, which will hopefully lead to a buildup of future relationships that will eventually develop into friendships, allowing students to get the most out of their college years. 

Dr. Kristin Webber, professor for Early Childhood and Reading, is one of many faculty members involved, helping to create this unique experience. 

“I was approached by Coach Kagiavas to be part of the BoroBrood,” Webber remembered, “and I was instantly excited to become involved with this program. I was involved in Residence Life & Housing when I was an undergraduate, and those experiences did impact my life and allowed me to have a rich, well-rounded college experience. So, an opportunity to participate in a similar program here was especially appealing to me.” 

Webber also looks forward to getting to know all the students that are a part of this program, mentioning, “I think it is crucial for students to have relationships with faculty beyond the classroom.” 

“I see the ultimate goal of BoroBrood as providing a rewarding campus experience for the students of Edinboro University,” Webber said. 

Kagiavas also wants students to be involved in updates for the BoroBrood “We really need them (the students) to follow the Instagram and Twitter page.” E-sports tournament dates are still to come Sept. 17 marked the start of the Smash Brothers tournament, and updates will be posted for future competition dates.  

“I hope that students will take the advantage of this opportunity and attend events that are planned,” Webber stated.  

Events to keep an eye out for include a Smash Bros. tournament and Homecoming; there, the houses will come together before the game for a Tartan Walk. All updates will be posted on their Twitter and Instagram accounts with the username BoroBrood. 

Emma McNeeley is a news editor for The Spectator. She can be reached at edinboro.spectator@gmail.com

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