Freezing temperatures and a snow storm did not deter over 100 Champlain College students from celebrating and enjoying their annual Bon Temps events this past weekend.
For nearly 50 years, Champlain students have come together during early February to celebrate in the tradition that is Bon Temps Weekend. Started in 1967 by the first class of Champlain students, Bon Temps Weekend was born to celebrate the newfound sense of fellowship and friendship that students felt after arriving at Trent, just as Samuel De Champlain did when first arriving in Canada.
The 2014 Bon Temps Weekend was held January 30 to February 1, 2014. Organized by the Champlain College cabinet, the three-day annual event started off with a kick-off party on Thursday night at in downtown Peterborough. A two-day broomball tournament followed, as well as dinner on Saturday night in the Great Hall.
The highlight of the weekend for many students was the annual broomball tournament. Fourteen teams came out this year to compete for the title. The finals were highlighted by the ceremonial dropping of the ‘broomball ball’ by Shelagh Rogers, CBC radio host and this year’s Jack Matthews Fellow, together with Champlain College head Dr. Michael Allcott. Reigning champs, the Wobbly Pucks, successfully defended their title and took home the win against the Pirates.