This November, sixteen groups of residents from all over UNC showed off their community pride. From group costumes to hurricane survivors, their photos told the story of why Carolina students believe they have the best hall ever.
For residents of the second floor of Everett, community pride is all about history—and a 48-year-old inside joke.
“The ROGAH tradition was started in 1963 by a few guys in what was then an all-male hall, Everett,” says resident Scott Hiers. “We found out about it through various entries in the Yackety Yack (our school’s yearbook). When we saw the camaraderie and brotherhood of older times, we knew we wanted to bring the tradition back.” Although they eventually discovered the meaning of the acronym ROGAH through contacting “the original Rogahman, Sam Shapiro,” they are determined to guard the secret of its meaning.
This shared secret has created a strong bond among Everett’s second-floor residents. “We have developed a sort of group identity based off ROGAH,” says Scott. “The different issues of the Yackety Yack make it quite clear that ROGAH was at one time pretty risqué. It was a way of life that one might expect from college men years ago, complete with cat-calling female passersby and having an ever-fluctuating BAC. However, over time the tradition evolved to embody competitiveness, spontaneity, and community. The people on our hall have chosen to bring back the latter more so than the former, but we still get a good laugh when we hear stories of Everett’s more crazy past.” Continue reading #besthallever