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The Arches on UGA's north campus.

The University of Georgia is a perfect blend of old traditions, love, and beautiful beginnings. Located in Athens, Georgia, it is often the final destination for Academy students for tipsters from Appalachian State University and Rollins College. It differs from other campuses with dorms with air conditioning and a system of bus transportation around the campus.

Beginning in the summer of 2009, the arrangement of TIP campuses had been dramatically altered. Eradicated were certain sites deemed for students going into the 8th grade to students entering their junior year of high school (one of the theories behind this was that it was entierly possible that an RC who was once a camper could get people they had known from their fourth year. The official TIP explanation was something about it being better for the first years to learn with fellow middle schoolers rather than high school students). Regardless of whether that decision was appropriate, it led many previous TIPsters (years 2 through 4) to herd to a new campus. This campus would be the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. At first, there were deafening cries of missing home (for many, the mountains of Appalachia), and equally deafening pleas for those TIPsters to accept the change of campus (often from RCs and TIPsters from other campuses such as Kansas and A&M as well as new TIPsters). These cries eventually quieted down, for the realization had set in for many that TIP is home, regardless of the campus. TIP at UGA became a unique blend of traditions from other campuses, due to the nature of the transitions, while still incorporating a nature of its own.

In 2009, TIPsters roomed in Rutherford hall. Starting in Term 1 2010, TIP switched to Myers Hall, a change appreciated by everyone. Breakfast was eaten at Snelling, and as with the halls, it was changed as well. Weekend meals began to be eaten at Bolton, dinner at O-House, and depending on the class, lunch at either Summit or O-House. Starting in Term 1 2018, all meals were eaten at Bolton with the exception of weekday lunch at Summit. Practically all of the classes required transportation by bus to their respective rooms, a tradition started by the Media and Message class on the morning of the second day, adopted later that afternoon by several other classes, and becoming an official TIP policy by the third day (NOTE: at least during term II 2010, they made us walk if we missed our bus). Whether this was a necessity or whether it was pure laziness will remain an enigma. The temperature was constantly in the 90's (Fahrenheit) and often broke the 100 degree barrier (such as on the day of EPICfest). Like many transitions to this campus, the use of different lunch halls and buses was opposed, for after meal times and breaks were prime social opportunities for TIPsters (from the view of a past ASU TIPster). However, in the true spirit of TIP this obstacle was overcome and life continued happily at UGA.

We must know that TIP, regardless of campus, is home. And just because there are many different campuses does not mean that one conquers over another. UGA is just as much home as ASU or KU or A&M or Duke East and West. The love that had gathered at UGA was so immense, and an unbelievable amount of emotion was shared as the new UGA environment settled itself in every heart of every TIPster there. The tipsters at UGA tend to feel a greater sense of isolated TIPness, due to the fact that they were transitioned, whether it be forced or voluntary. The UGA TIPsters had to know how to find in their hearts the TIP love, not the love that was attached to the campus; and at the same time finding room to respect and love each campus they attend. These UGA kids will become TIPsters of EPIC proportions.

Although the campus wasn't liked very much at the beginning of Term II, by the end of the camp, all other campuses were considered inferior to the University of Georgia. This location had the BEST Res. Staff, Food, I-Staff, and Coordinators. Any 2nd year who is looking into coming back as a 3rd year, look into UGA. You will not be sorry!



Term 1: June 08 - June 28

  • Apocalypse in Literature and Pop Culture
  • Cold War: From Allies to Adversaries
  • Criminal Law and Mock Trial
  • Cryptography, Codebreaking, and the Mathematics of Spying
  • Introduction to Veterinary Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Philosophy of Knowledge
  • Robotics
  • Sports Medicine
  • Team Programming for Video Games
  • The Brain, Intelligence, and Creativity

Term 2: July 06 - July 26

  • Algebra II
  • American Foreign Policy
  • Criminal Law and Mock Trial
  • Cryptography, Codebreaking, and the Mathematics of Spying
  • Inspired Writer: Refining Your Creative Voice
  • Introduction to Veterinary Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Philosophy of Knowledge
  • Robotics
  • Sports Medicine
  • The Brain, Intelligence, and Creativity


Term 1: June 07- June 27

  • Criminal Law and Mock Trial
  • Cryptography, Codebreaking, and the Mathematics of Spying
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Introduction to Veterinary Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Philosophy of Knowledge
  • Robotics
  • Scientific Advances that Feed the World
  • Sports Medicine
  • The Brain, Intelligence, and Creativity
  • The Pen as Weapon: The Art of Satire

Term 2: July 05–July 25

  • Algebra II
  • American Foreign Policy
  • Criminal Law and Mock Trial
  • Cryptography, Codebreaking, and the Mathematics of Spying
  • Introduction to Veterinary Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Philosophy of Knowledge
  • Robotics
  • Scientific Advances that Feed the World
  • Team Programming for Video Games
  • The Brain, Intelligence, and Creativity


Term 1: June 12 - July 2

  • American Foreign Policy
  • Criminal Law and Mock Trial
  • Cryptography, Codebreaking, and the Mathematics of Spying
  • Introduction to Veterinary Medicine
  • Mathematical Modeling and Applied Statistics
  • Pharmacology
  • Philosophy of Knowledge
  • Robotics
  • Sports Medicine
  • The Brain, Intelligence, and Creativity
  • The Pen as Weapon: The Art of Satire

Term 2: July 10 - July 30

  • American Foreign Policy
  • Archaeology and Anthropology: Stones and Bones
  • Criminal Law and Mock Trial
  • Cryptography, Codebreaking, and the Mathematics of Spying (AKA Spy Kids)
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Introduction to Veterinary Medicine
  • Modern Medicine: Disease and Immunology
  • Philosophy of Knowledge
  • Team Programming for Video Games
  • The Brain, Intelligence, and Creativity
  • The Science of Feeding 7 Billion People


Term 1: June 11 - July 1

  • American Foreign Policy
  • The Brain, Intelligence, and Creativity
  • Criminal Law and Mock Trial
  • Cryptography, Codebreaking, and the Mathematics of Spying
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Philosophy of Knowledge
  • Introduction to Veterinary Medicine
  • The Pen as Weapon: The Art of Satire
  • Sports Medicine
  • Robotics
  • Mathematical Modeling and Applied Statistics


Term 1: June 10 - June 30

  • American Foreign Policy
  • The Brain, Intelligence, and Creativity
  • Criminal Law and Mock Trial
  • Cryptography, Codebreaking, and the Mathematics of Spying
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Philosophy of Knowledge
  • Introduction to Veterinary Medicine
  • The Pen as Weapon: The Art of Satire
  • Sports Medicine
  • Robotics
  • Mathematical Modeling and Applied Statistics


Term 1: June 9 - June 29

  • American Foreign Policy
  • Criminal Law and Mock Trial
  • Cryptography, Codebreaking, and the Mathematics of Spying
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Philosophy of Knowledge
  • Introduction to Veterinary Medicine
  • The Pen as Weapon: The Art of Satire
  • The Brain, Intelligence, and Creativity
  • Mathematical Modeling and Applied Statistics
  • Sports Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Speculative Fiction: Reading and Writing About Alternate Worlds

Term 2: July 7 - July 27

  • American Foreign Policy
  • Archaeology and Anthropology: Stones and Bones
  • Modern Medicine: Disease and Immunology
  • Criminal Law and Mock Trial
  • Cryptography, Codebreaking, and the Mathematics of Spying
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Philosophy of Knowledge
  • Introduction to Veterinary Medicine
  • The Brain, Intelligence, and Creativity
  • Mathematical Modeling and Applied Statistics
  • Pharmacology
  • Speculative Fiction: Reading and Writing About Alternate Worlds


  • A competitive field day known as DawgFest where TiPsters compete in miscelleneous events
    • This was formerly known as EpicFest and/or BrekFest
    • Such events include (but not limited to) Jello Snarfle, Ultimate frisbee, and more.
  • The Summit Challenge
    • On the last day a TiPster can eat at the Village Summit dining hall (undeniably the best dining hall), they can compete in The Summit Challenge
    • The challenge is to drink all six smoothies from the Smoothie Bar during one lunch period
  • Spirit Week
    • Time Travel Tuesday/Throwback Thursday (Fourth Years wear lanyards from previous years)
    • Decades Day (Different DawgFest teams are assigned a different decade to dress as)
    • Opposite Day (Since abolished - TiPsters would cross-dress and it was officially discontinued in 2013 after failed attempts at changing its meaning from cross-dressing)
  • Integration of Official TIP Songs from several other campuses
  • Staff vs Student Ultimate Frisbee Game
    • The only time the staff has ever been legitimately beaten was Term 2 2016, in which the students were led by Chris Gregoire and Sung Yong-O
    • In Term 1 2018, the students beat the staff with a score of 12 to 13. The students were led by Fred Stanley and Jack Reynolds.
  • RC vs RC vs Staff Basketball
    • Term 1
    • RC groups face each other in a tournament style bracket to see who will face the staff, and the winners put their signatures on Mikey's trophyball to go down in leather forever.
    • Didn't take place Term 1 2015 becuase of dawgfest delays caused by rain
      • This early on we're not sure if it will take place, but always hopin for the best
  • NerdQuest
    • Battle of wit between three humanities classes within the last week of both terms to determine the nerdiest class
    • Classes usually are Philosophy, Inspired Writers/Apocalypse/Satire, and The Brain/Foreign Policy
      • However in 2014, the Term 2 class of The Brain opted out of NerdQuest. In their place Robotics competed.
      • During Term 2 2016 Stones and Bones was introduced to the competition and won. Porkules was voted to be held by Willa until 2017 when she will return as a fourth year
      • In 2017, American Foreign Policy began competing in NerdQuest in the place of The Brain. They lost.
      • In 2019, American Foreign Policy redeemed its past losses and took first place.
  • ERS
    • Commonly played on the second floor balcony in Myers Hall
    • Said to be introduced by second years Henry Saussy, Bryson White, Alex Coopersmith, and Daniel "Danny" Zimmer at UGA Term 2 2011 (This was resumed at UGA Term 2 2013 by Connor Buehler, Isabel Koolik, Mackenzie Smith, Grace Gao, Kari Pompeo, and Caitlyn Nelson)

Term One Traditions

Blue Tuesday

    • On the first Tuesday of the term, there is an attempt to get as many TiPsters as possible to wear something blue. This originated from the Foreign Policy's class rule.

Gay Day

    • Celebrated since June 26, 2015 in honor of same-sex marriage legalization but officially became a tradition in 2017, Gay Day occurs on June 26 when allies and members of the LGBTQ community alike dress in rainbow and walk around wearing flags. Alpha Gay typically wears the traditional Pride Flag. In 2017, people blasted "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga before classes and it was almost like Pride at Myers Hall, in addition to Josh Marshall (the original Alpha Gay) wearing a pride flag like a cape and heely-ing around campus. Gay Day is simply a day of acceptance and a chance to draw rainbows on your face!

Frat Friday

    • Started in 2016, solidified in 2017 by Kolton Carlson and Jacob Scheinson (because of 2016 "frat bros" Mikey Holland and Jimmy Ogrady), all Fourth Years (mostly Fourth Year girls, though) dress up in khaki/pastel shorts, Hawaiian shorts, button ups, socks with sandals, backwards hats, or anything that showcases your inner "fraternity bro" on the first Friday of the term.
    • The Bro of Rights (written in 2018 by 4th years Sarah Weber, Toni JeBailey, and Ryan Wilson):
      • 1. Frats never unfrat themselves even in the most unfratting situation
      • 2. A frat never wears his hat forwards bc he leaves nothing behind
      • 3. The shorter the shorts the better
      • 4. The more colorful the better
      • 5. You know we had to do it to em
      • 6. White socks are mandatory on every occasion
      • 7. When a douche opportunity comes along you must take it
      • 8. Excuse me what?
      • 9. Bros are too cool to get hot
      • 10. Bros before hoes and you must smash and dash
      • 11. Once a bro always a bro

Tank Top Tuesday

    • On every Tuesday of term TiPsters are to wear tank tops in honor of it's creator, Josh Bielenberg. Brotanks are encouraged. #tanktoptuesday forever
    • This was brought back on the second Tuesday of Term 1 2019

Triple Burger Friday (discontinued)

    • Every Friday, TiPsters order a burger with 3 patties and any toppings if wanted

Disney Princess Day

    • USUALLY limited to girl groups, Fourth Year girls wear tiaras, in addition to clothes and accessories, in imitation of Disney Princesses on the last Wednesday of the term. Afterwards, they pass down their tiaras to a Third Year girl of their choice.
    • In 2019, Princess Day occurred on the last Tuesday, so it wouldn’t conflict with Gay Day (Wednesday, June 26). This was a very special circumstance.

TiP Monarch (discontinued)

    • Part of the trinity of roles at UGA
    • TiP Monarch is usually a fourth year who inherited the role from a fourth year of the previous year
    • The responsibilities of TiP Monarch are typically regarded as the "spirit" of the camp, and they are usually the ones who lead cheers at DawgFest, promote unity at TiP as a whole, and help pump up everyone throughout the term.
      • Discontinued in 2015 at Term 1

TIP Moses

    • Part of the trinity of roles at UGA
    • TiP Moses is usually a fourth year who inherited the role from a fourth year of the previous year
    • Moses is considered to embody the spirit of TiP and is responsible for ensuring that traditions are kept alive and that TiP will forever be love.
    • Read the TIP Moses page for more info
    • 2011 TiP Moses: Dillon McDermott
    • 2012 TiP Moses: Caleb Hill
    • 2013 TiP Moses: Sealth Womack
    • 2014 TiP Moses: Jared Sterling
    • 2015 TiP Moses: Rhys Switzer
    • 2016 TiP Moses: Dylan Clyne
    • 2017 TiP Moses: Mary Elizabeth Marquardt
    • 2018 TiP Moses: Lucy Bowling
    • 2019 TiP Moses: Miriam Crotwell
    • 2020 TiP Moses: Katie ”Bifff” Carlson

TiP Jester

    • Part of the trinity of roles at UGA
    • TiP Jester is usually a TiPster who inherited the role from a fourth year of the previous year
    • The responsibilities of the TiP Jester are typically regarded as the "comical relief" of the camp, and they are someone who is a natural comedian and make people laugh, and they also embody and represent the fun that you can have when you're at TiP. They help promote TiP unity through humor.
    • 2016 TiP Jester: Mikey Holland
    • 2017 TiP Jester: Kolton Carlson
    • 2018 TiP Jester: Emma Hay (waitlisted:( ) —> Nathan Lee
    • 2019 TiP Jester: Chas McCrary
    • 2020 TiP Jester: Abby Goad

"Shirts Off?"

    • A tradition started by Keaton McManamy and Kyle Norton
    • This tradition begins when a group of guys (typically fourth year boys) ask the question, "Shirts off?" If nobody proceeds to say "Shirts on" or "NO", then they yell "SHIRTS OFF!" and run around crazily.
    • As of Term 1 2013, these actions are officially punishable by early bedtimes
    • In Term 1 2017, now seen as the words that must not be named.

Squid King

    • Incorporated into the Trinity once TiP Monarch was abolished, and officially for 2017
    • A tradition continuously upheld by Tipsters, and they are usually a TiPster who inherited the role from a fourth year of the previous year.
    • Squid King wears the Squid hat and helps keep morale up and spirits high all through the term, but especially on Moving Out Day
    • 2016 Squid King: Zach Amerson
    • 2017 Squid King: Ethan Wedge
    • 2018 Squid King: Katie Russell (waitlisted :( ) —> Fred Stanley -SUCC ME CHICKEN LITTLE xoxo, Katie 💅🏼
    • 2019 Squid King: Wesley Leach
    • 2020 Squid King: CJ Jenkins


    • Started in 2012 by Caleb Hall and Kelly Pierce when dogtags were handed out to all fourth year fourth years stating their first year at ASU and all succeeding years at UGA
    • Continued in 2013 by Quinn Middleton, Lillian Roberts, and Rita Kroeger, where each dogtag was customized
    • 2014 leader is Margaret Elam
    • 2015 leader is Bailee Hayden
    • 2016 leader is Hadley Gilpatrick
    • 2017 leader is Mary Elizabeth Marquardt
    • 2018 leader is Sarah Beth Hobby
    • 2019 leaders are Susanna King and Valerie Carver
    • 2020 leaders are Ranon and Teddy Goldstein
    • Instructions for dogtags can be found on their wiki page.

Frisbee Captain(s)

    • Leads the Tipsters in the Staff/Student ultimate game, a TiPster who inherited the role from a fourth year of the previous year.
    • 2018 Frisbee Captain: Brantley Good (unable to return :()——-> Jack Reynolds and Fred Stanley.
    • 2019 Frisbee Captain: Josh Palmer and Josh Truong
    • 2020 Frisbee Captain: CJ Jenkins and Will Brewer

The Blue Dub

    • Started in 2017 by Ethan Dupre. The blue dub was created for the blue team during color war when they handed out an L to every other team and flew the dub.
    • 2017 dub owner: Ethan Dupre
    • 2018 dub owner: Shaun Rousso
    • 2019 dub owner: Chas McCrary
    • 2020 dub owner: Cole Kosch

Alpha Gay

    • Started in 2017 by Josh Marshall. Alpha Gay is supposed to help foster an inclusive environment at TiP and promote acceptance. A Rainbow Pride Flag is passed down.
    • 2017 Alpha Gay: Josh Marshall
    • 2018 Alpha Gay: Tyler Jester
    • 2019 Alpha Gay: Mary Elizabeth Rudd
    • 2020 Alpha Gay: Jessica Latimer

TiP Mom

    • Started in ? by ? Discontinued in 2011, and restarted in 2017 by Kathryn Duncan. Supposed to act as a motherly, guiding figure to the 2nd and 3rd years.
    • A fanny pack is passed down
    • 2017 TiP Mom: Kathryn Duncan
    • 2018 TiP Mom: Toni JeBailey
    • 2019 TiP Mom: Susanna King
    • 2020 TiP Mom: Mary Jane (MJ) Estes

Resident Jew

    • Started in 2017 by Cydney Wolchock. Minor Tradtion, Just for funsies and because there are usually only 1-2 Jews at TIP. Exactly what the title insinuates it is.
    • 2017 Resident Jew: Cydney Wolchock
    • 2018 Resident Jew: Shaun Rousso
    • 2019 Resident Jew: Sydney Leahy
    • 2020 Resident Jew: Sydney Leahy

Resident Catholic

    • Started in 2017 by Mary Elizabeth Marquardt. Minor tradition, just for funsies. Also exacly what the title insinuates it is.
    • This person attends church service every Sunday, holds prayer circles, and holds a pocket rosary around their lanyard
    • 2017 Resident Catholic: Mary Elizabeth Marquardt
    • 2018 Resident Catholic: Kevin Sullivan
    • 2019 Resident Catholic: Alexa Mavrakis
    • 2020 Resident Catholic: Lorenzo Santarina (unable to return :() ——> Ava Coffey

Shower Squats

    • Brought to UGA by Chas McCrary and Nobery Burzinsky in 2018. Minor tradition. Just for funsies. Exactly what the title insinuates. You do squats in the shower.
    • 2018 Shower Squatters: Chas McCrary, Norbert Burzinsky, Lila Grandle, Savanna Adams, Victoria Moffett, “Thiccy” Nicki Roane, Katie Hoosier, Akweley Allotey, and Akuorkor "Coco" Allotey
    • 2019 Shower Squatters: Lila Grandle, Mary Elizabeth Rudd, Allison Douglas, Valerie Carver

Gram Master

    • Started in 2017 by Mary Elizabeth Marquardt and Sarah Walsey. This person runs the Instagram account (@duketip_at_uga_t1) for the term. They’re responsible for posting term pictures throughout the year, remind everyone of course release and sign ups, do a 30 day countdown to TIP, and post pictures during the term. They also monitor GroupMes and other socials.
    • The name was not introduced until Term 1 2018
    • There was a big debate on the title name in 2019. It was told to the 2019 GM that it was “Grand”, but many others assumed it was “Gram” because they owned the insta. The name stayed Grand, but 2020 onward can choose the title of their preference.
    • A gold scarf called the “Gram Shawl” is passed down.
    • 2017 Gram Master: Mary Elizabeth Marquardt and Sarah Walsey
    • 2018 Gram Master: Laura Cunningham (unable to return :() —> Elle Downey
    • 2019 Gram Master: Alexa Mavrakis
    • 2020 Gram Master: Lauren Autrey


    • Started in 2015 by ?
    • wears/brings horse head to dances and activities.
    • gets everybody hyped up at dances and activities. Basically the most adhd person at tip.
    • a brown rubber horse head is passed down.
    • 2015 Hypeman: ?
    • 2016 Hypeman: Hadley Gilpatrick
    • 2017 Hypeman: Zach Martin
    • 2018 Hypeman: Fred Stanley (given squid king) —> Shaun Rousso
    • 2019 Hypeman: Abby Goad
    • 2020 Hypeman: Miranda Farnan

Texas Flag

    • Started in 2015 by Chris ??
    • Represents the great state of Texas
    • Wears flag at dances, talent show, other important events
    • 2015 Texas Flag: Chris ??
    • 2016 Texas Flag: Sydney Brun-Ozuna
    • 2017 Texas Flag: Dylan Sharratt
    • 2018 Texas Flag: Jessica Parrish
    • 2019 Texas Flag: Lila Grandle
    • 2020 Texas Flag: Charlotte Delany

TIP Munchkin

    • Started ????
    • This person is the shortest person at TIP
    • Represents what the title insinuates
    • 2016 TIP Munchkin: Evalee Mason
    • 2017 TIP Munchkin: Scottie Pearson-Thompson
    • 2018 TIP Munchkin: Toni JeBailey
    • 2019 TIP Munchkin: Valerie Carver
    • 2020 TIP Munchkin: Alexa Freedman

Daddy Dawgs Shirts

    • Started by Cydney Wolchock in 2017. Minor tradition
    • When fourth years get to go to Tate and bookstore they often get "daddy dawg" shirts because they are funny.
    • Started as a trend and became a tradition.

Alpha Thot

    • Started in 2019 when Chas called Kayla an Alpha Thot due to her earrings, just for fun lmao
    • Also known as "The Title That Shall Not Be Named"
    • Recognizable by HUGE hoop earrings
    • 2019 TIP Alpha Thot: Kayla Ligget
    • 2020 TIP Alpha Thot: Andrea Torres

Term Two Traditions

The Fourth Year Hat

Year Holder
2009 Dan Weitzman
2010 Aris Santas
2011 Chris Ballinger
2012 Anthony Gagliardi (Note: Anthony was a second year when he received the hat, an unprecedented act.)
2013 Anthony Gagliardi
2014 Joey Dierkes
2015 Connor Buehler
2016 Chris Gregoire (Note: Tai Griffin was unable to return for his 4th year.)
2017 Jack Campbell (Note: Jack received the hat as a second year)
2018 Jack Campbell
2019 Duncan Lambert
2020 Ally Fox

The Fourth Year Girls' Scrapbook

  • A representative chosen by the previous year's fourth years collects a picture of all the fourth year girls and passes it down to a chosen third year representative for their fourth year. The girl receiving this encompasses the true TIP spirit. This girl is a friendly face to all. She is down to earth, grateful, nice to everyone, and most of all protective of her fellow girls whether they are second years or fourth years. This girl is a leader; she will bring all the girls together to create a peaceful, cohesive, and supportive environment for the entirety of the term.
Year Holder
2013 Kathryn Hood
2014 Millie Chokshi
2015 Isabel Koolik
2016 Caroline Coopersmith
2017 Ellery Ewell
2018 Ashley Amontree
2019 Maya Offir
2020 Madison Mulvey

The Backdorm Boys

a special tipsync performance that includes the leader of the backdorm boys (this person is also in charge of serenades for the boyds) and four other fourth year boys who do a backstreet boys song.

4th Year Frisbees

  • For the list of Frisbee Holders, click here.
  • Bora Frisbee
    • Started by Bora Gunay, one of the greatest TiPsters to ever come to UGA, during his time at TiP. Not only was Bora a great Frisbee player, he was a great TiPster who cared for all. This frisbee is passed down to the tipster with the best tip spirit who sets a model for all other tipsters to follow. The holder of the frisbee, by tradition, is the captain of the students in the Staff-Student Game. The frisbee also helps to commemorates the the fourth year win against the staff during Bora's final year.
  • Barbuto Frisbee
    • Started since the beginning of TiP at UGA, this frisbee was held and passed down to Tipsters with great heart and leadership both on and off the frisbee field. It is a frisbee with a peace sign on the front. Although Willie Barbuto was not the original holder of the frisbee, he showed a tremendous amount of heart, most notably when he let a girl play Ultimate, despite many of the boys objecting. Although the holder is not an official captain, they receive considerable respect and have a lot of say during ultimate frisbee games. The frisbee was originally started by Will Ehrensperger during his time at tip, it was a frisbee he had bought his first year, at App State, and kept with him for all four years proceeding. On the last night, during the fourth year speeches, Will decided to pass on his frisbee after The Fourth Year Hat was passed down shortly before.
  • Duo Frisbee
    • The Duo frisbee was started by Chris Gregoire and Sung Yong-O during their fourth year at TiP to commemorate their historic win in the staff-student game (11-6). The frisbee is given to the Tipster who is the best all around at frisbee (Throwing, catching, running, and heart), and the bearer of the frisbee is required to help uphold the high standard of UGA frisbee that Chris and Sung established when they beat the staff at term II 2016.
    • In the middle of the frisbee, on the back, Sung Yong-O's and Chris Gregoire's names are written next to the winning score of the staff-student game (11-6), adn the year in which the victory occured (2016).
    • On the front of the frisbee is a picture of a dragon and a tiger, which represent Chris and Sung, and the teamwork and collaboration required to beat the staff.
  • Xu Frisbee (discontinued)
    • A new Frisbee passed down in 2013, this Frisbee represents the person with the most strength and skill of any TiPster at Ultimate Frisbee. This Frisbee is given to the person with the most all-around skill (throwing, catching, defense), but is primarily used to symbolize a person's exceptional throwing skills, something that is hard to master. By tradition, the holder of the Xu frisbee is the co-captain of the Staff-Student game alongside the holder of the Bora frisbee. Unlike the other Frisbees, which are typically passed down at the Talent Show, this Frisbee is passed down on departure day. The current Frisbee holder will choose the person to receive it, and they will both go on the quad. The current holder will throw it to the new one, the new one will throw it back, and the old holder will throw it once more, marking the Xu Frisbee's passing. Although the tradition was thought to be discontinued in 2014 when the current holder did not return, it was retrieved by Isabel Koolik and passed down to Reese Alley when she was a second year in 2014-2015; however, the tradition was discontinued after that year.


  • Spontaneous fourth year serenades, often including songs such as I Want It That Way and Hallelujah.
  • Passed down with The Backdorm Boys
  • Hannah Hale coordinated the first serenade of fourth year girls to fourth year guys during Term 2 2013. Songs sung included "Drops of Jupiter", "I'm Yours", and "Hallelujah".

Nerf war and Commander of the Universe (discontinued)

  • The fourth year nerf gun war was an old tradition at UGA, which was begun at the in 2009 by Aris Santas during his third year. The Tipster who bore the title of Commander of the Universe was given an arsenal of nerf guns that were to be used during the event.
  • Until 2015 the nerf gun war was never banned, but the nerf gun arsenal would be taken up at the beginning of each year by the staff, and would not be returned until the date of the event.
  • Despite Nerf Guns contraband status, every OSD until 2015 has approved of a limited use by only fourth years, but the guns are kept secure in their office.
  • During the 2015 Term the gun passing was officially ended and the commander at the time Connor Buehler was forced to take his single weapon and give the guns to his second in command, Thomas Williford, for safe keeping until the zombie apocalypse
  • Traditionally for their final RC Group Night, all the fourth year groups have a Nerf Gun war on the top floors of the parking garage next to Myers.
    • However there were scheduling conflicts in Term 2 2014, so they played during 4-5 Free Time.
  • At the end of the 2015 term, the title of commander was passed down to Chris Gregoire, who was the last Commander of the Universe for UGA, although he exercised none of the previous applications of said title, he rode it gloriously into oblivion.
Year Holder
2009-2010 Aris Santas
2011 Jas Rempala
2012 Rob Ledbetter
2013 Anthony Gagliardi
2014 Andrew Mull *Note, the arsenal was passed down to Gage Blackwell, but he was unable to return.
2015 Connor Buehler
2016 Chris Gregoire

Party Glasses

  • Started by Willie Barbuto during his time at UGA in 2012
  • Whoever wears them is the "party-starter" at the dances, they are required to light-up the dancefloor, and get as many people involved in the dances as possible. The glasses wearer is supposed to be the leader of the dances, and ensure that the dances are an inclusive and unifying event at TiP.
  • During Reece's last year at UGA, he knew that he wanted to pass down his glasses, but couldn't decide on the Tipster he wanted to give them to. In a moment of confusion during his speech, Reece broke the glasses into two separate pieces, and passed them down to two different tipsters. Neil Goodman was the only Tipster that returned to UGA, so he bought a new pair of glasses (now dubbed v2) and helped to flesh out the tradition.
  • During Thomas Williford's time with the glasses, they were broken once again. In a moment of pure hype at the first dance, Thomas broke the sides off of the glasses. Trey chose to tie the glasses around his head with his lanyard instead of replacing them.
  • During Jonathan Martin's time with the party glasses, they simply stopped lighting up at all. Closer inspection revealed that the battery tray had rusted itself into oblivion. Jon replaced them with a new pair of glasses (now dubbed v3) and broke the sides off once again, choosing to tie the glasses around his head with his lanyard just as Trey had done previously.
  • During Kenny Cook's time with the glasses, the party glasses v3 broke (I'm personally not sure what happened, if you do please add it) between the first and second dance. Unsurprisingly, Kenny was devastated and had a beautiful service for v3 in the lobby that Thursday night, with heart-aching speeches and the song Amazing Grace being sung by many TiPsters. That same night, Liam, with the TiP stick, granted Kenny with a new pair of party glasses. Out of respect, Kenny publicly broke the sides of the glasses off and deemed them v4.
Year Holder
2012 Willie Barbuto
2013 Reece Dantin
2014 Neil Goodman
2015 Thomas Williford
2016 The Milkman
2017 Jonathan Martin
2018 Abigail Van Pelt
2019 Kenny Cook
2020 Gracie Rosenberg

The TiPStick

  • An umbrella with a fortune reading "Always surround yourself with true friends" in the cracked handle.
  • "The person who carries it is a true friend who will do their best to keep people under their umbrella both physically and metaphorically, they'll leave their mark because people will remember them as a true friend who was concerned about far more than just themselves."
  • Previously discontinued after the holder went to China in 2010, this tradition was revitalized in 2012, and given to Anthony Gagliardi by Willie Barbuto and Rob Ledbetter, who put the fortune in the umbrella. One of the previous known owners of the TiPstick was Jas Rempala, although he never received the actual umbrella.
  • Generally regarded as one of the major UGA TiP traditions, along with the hat.
  • It is also tradition for the TiPStick holder to lead the chants at the Staff-Student Game, and tell the story of the lost puppy, as well as tying the party glasses on the holder.
  • The umbrella has been through a fair amount of wear and tear. Madeline at one point bought an exact replica of the umbrella for the purpose of replacing the handle after so much wear.
  • In 2019, the umbrella wet through some stress as Liam used it as a walking stick throughout the term. The handle cracked again and the stitching on the canopy came undone, but it was alright. A fellow tipster sewed it back together and the cracks, well... they were meant to be.
Year Holder
2013 Anthony Gagliardi
2014 Millie Chokshi *note, it was originally passed down to Gage Blackwell, but he could not return
2015 Thomas Williford
2016 Rebecca Schlafke
2017 Jakob Heiser
2018 Madeline Gibson *note, it was originally passed down to Jackson Geddings, but he was unable to return
2019 Liam Heraty
2020 Laney Barber

The Orange Lanyard

  • Passed down to someone who is notoriously nice and welcoming, they embody the TiP family. The person who gets the lanyard writes their name on it, next to the previous owners.
  • The owner of the Orange Lanyard is someone that you may always come and talk to, and will go out of their way to make sure everyone feels accepted and included at TiP.
  • The lanyard originally belonged to a Tipster names Will Verastegui. During his fourth year there were two popular sayings at TiP that he chose to write on his lanyard: "It's not a goodbye, it's a see ya later", and, "I left my home to live with strangers... Then left my family to return home". At the end of the term, Will decided to write his initials on the lanyard, and give it to his friend Cal. Cal turned the lanyard into a tradition, honoring his friend.
  • It has also been called "Cal's Lanyard", due to his influence on the tradition
Year Holder
2012 Will Verastegui
2013 Cal Stephens
2014 Kate Miller *note- it was given to Gage Blackwell, but he could not return
2015 Teddy Todaro
2016 Josh Brandon
2017 Morgan Sickels
2018 Mel Giquel
2019 Rachel Yeung
2020 Jason Zhang

The Orange of the Day/The Oarange

  • Started by Thomas Williford and Jaxon Wilkerson in 2015. The tradition started one night when the two ate pieces of butter, smashed a waffle cone over their heads, and announced a shade of orange to their RC group table at dinner. When other people started to crowd around their table to hear the orange, the two decided that they should just announce the orange to the whole campus.
  • The Oarange is passed down to two TiPsters who can unify the campus. The ootd is a symbol of inclusivity and unity that all Tipsters contribute towards.
  • The orange begins when the two announcers shush the whole campus, and then one person saying "good evening duke TiP", to which the campus responds "good evening (blank)"; next, the announcer says "the orange of the day is..." and a drum roll begins, after the drum roll is cut off, the orange is announced to much audience applause.
  • While only the two Oarange holders can introduce the orange, anyone can announce the shade itself- including green lanyards.
  • Thomas came back on the first day of the 2016 term to pass the tradition down, along with an Oar that would be used to identify the holders. The names of the holders are written on one side, and the words "art i$ dead but the orange lives" are written on the other.
  • While the Orange is traditionally announced at dinner, it can be presented at any time during the day, as long as all tipsters are present.
  • Starting in 2016, the orange was passed down at the talent show; however, the ootd is still announced in the fourth year group chat for the entire year until TiP starts again, and the next holders begin the tradition.
Year Holders
2015 Thomas Williford and Jaxon Wilkerson
2016 The Milkman and Caroline Moore
2017 Reese Alley and Jakob Heiser *Note: it was originally given to Jonathon Kirkland, but he could not return
2018 Jack Campbell and Claire Turner *Note: it was originally given to Annalise Conradsen, but she was unable to return
2019 Ryan Griggs and Alex Lartonoix
2020 Laney Barber and Jack Gillis


  • The Hallelujah tradition is passed down to someone who expresses their love for TIP through music. They make all tipsters feel welcome and find a home in Myers.
  • On the night of the talent show, they lead the 4th years in Hallelujah by singing and playing guitar before speeches. This tradition occurs between Art and 4th year speeches.
Year Holder
2014 Evan Gambill
2016 Megan Wagner
2017 Barrie Weiner
2018 Zoey Brewer
2019 Annaleah Seufert
2020 Soany Aguilar

The Squid Hat

The Squid Hat is a tradition that signifies the fact that TiP is love and that at TiP you can be yourself no matter what. It was originally worn by Robert Loveall as a second year at UGA term 2 2016. That was his first time at TiP, and he packed the hat not knowing if it would be of any use. The first dance that year was Hawaiian themed so Robert decided to wear it to the dance. It got some attention and people thought it was cool so he wore it to the second dance and even to TiProm. That night after TiProm, as the weary and teary TiPsters made their way back to Myers, a fourth year girl said from behind him, through her running makeup, that the reason she loved TiP so much was that, “Like look at this guy, he even wears a freaking squid on his head and he’s free to do it, only at TiP could this happen.” Robert took that truth about TiP to heart and decided to wear the hat at every dance for his third and fourth years, even the final TiProm. Just like then the hat is to be worn at every dance and is meant to symbolize the acceptance that is TiP. It has written on the tentacles the names of every wearer.

Year Holder
2016 - 2018 Robert Loveall
2019 Elliot Crosby
2020 Ethan Goldiez

Philosopher’s Stone

    • Started in 2015
    • Simon Skeen, a member of the 2015 Philosophy class asked the question, “What if God lifted a rock so high that not even he can lift it?” As a joke, the class said that the rock is God, and because of this, made a religion of the rock, which they named the Philosopher’s Stone.
    • The person who has the rock is a geode, because even though they’re hard on the outside, they are beautiful and crystallized with the TIP spirit on the inside.
Year Holder
2017 Jonathan Martin
2018 Mel Giquel
2019 Ben Martin
2020 Stephanie Orr

The UGA Beads

  • The UGA Beads, a necklace with silver, black, and red beading with a large bulldog pendant, was originally bought by Marley Price after her first year (3rd year) at TIP at UGA. She was on vacation in New Orleans and saw them and they reminded her of her home at UGA. She kept these beads until the June after her 4th year when she passed them down to Brooklyn Niravong. Marley told Brooklyn to do what she pleased with the beads, passing them down or not. Brooklyn proceeded to pass down the beads her 4th year. A common trait between holders of the beads is that they didn't go to UGA all three years available. They came to UGA their 3rd year but found it as a home just as quickly as those who went all three years. The beads are a sentiment that, although you may get thrown into the mess that is UGA your 3rd year, you can find a home and your family in spite of when or how you came. The person who holds the beads is someone who is kind and welcoming to everyone, but mostly hospitable. They will put what they're doing on hold to help someone, whether they know them or not. This person is warm, someone who can make someone feel right at home and comfortable.
Year Holder
2016-2017 Marley Price
2018 Brooklyn Niravong
2019 Madi Smith
2020 Asha Palacherla and Sara Homma *Note: "because they come together" according to Madi

The Mao Master

  • At UGA Term II, there is an official Mao Master. This tradition is passed down through two relics, the Mao Master Cape, and a notebook. A Google Doc containing... uh... things exists, and is shared with all the past Mao Masters. There's some other duties the Mao Master has... but I can't tell you about them.
  • The Mao Master doesn't necessarily have to have anything to do with the game of Mao. Why? I'm not allowed to tell you.
  • The current Mao master will pass down the relics and status of Mao Master to a 3rd year who is returning to UGA term 2. For reasons I can't tell you, it can't be passed down at the talent show.
  • Mao Master is the public title of the Mao Master. I cannot tell you the other name.
  • A long time ago, around 2014, people started playing Mao. The person that kept track of the rules for everyone was informally called the Mao Master. They had a notebook with the rules written in it. Sometimes, they would bring the notebook back next year to continue the game. In 2017, Max was the "Mao Master," informally. Next year, Scott was the Mao Master. People jokingly called him "Mao Master." He created the sacred tradition of the Mao Master, which embodies certain things that I cannot tell you. Max was the informal Mao Master in 2017, so he is listed as one of the holders of the tradition, even though the tradition didn't exist at that time. Max does not remember who the informal "Mao Masters" before him were. The tradition was first passed down in 2018, when Scott chose Kieran to hold the position. Kieran added some excellent (secret) improvements to the tradition, and passed it down to Rachel.
  • Don't worry. You will receive instruction and training if you are chosen to be the Mao Master.
Year Holders
2014-16 Unknown
2017 Max Wolff
2018 Scott Sauers
2019 Kieran Opela
2020 Rachel Edington

The Poem

  • This tradition was started by a tipster and poet named Red in 2016. Red wrote a poem about the dreaded fourth year of TiP, enclosed in a MasterLock case with the simple inscription, "THE GREAT + TERRIBLE END," and on the back, "NEVER FORGET. Bye bye miss American Pie." The poem is typically read after the fourth year speeches following the talent show.

Year Holder
2016 Else "Red" Redling
2017 Barrie Weiner
2018 Theo Devinney
2019 Lexi Tracton
2020 Jess Lankford

Discontinued Traditions

  • TIP Anthem, which hasn't made an official reappearance since 2009
  • Lee
    • Lee was the On-Site Director at UGA during 2011
    • Rumored to be the reason TiP at UGA become one of the best TiP campuses
    • Lee is a certified bad-ass and all-around great guy. He is awesome. He is LEE! Enough said.
  • TiP King/Monarch (Discontinued in 2015, but Bailee Hayden was seen as the "unofficial" monarch)
  • The dress. It was started by Huston Collings. Previously worn by a term 1 fourth year boy at tip sync every year, it was discontinued in 2016.

Ultimate Frisbee

Ultimate Frisbee has a rich tradition at UGA Term 1 as some of the greatest players ever to touch a Frisbee played here. At this campus Frisbee is the greatest sport and those who are good at it are respected by all. Players such as Landon Willey, Dillon McDermott, Vinny, Milfred, Jeofry Wages, Max Beauchene, Josh Scarcella, Andrew "Dirty" Sanchez, Michael Lefkowitz, and many others who have amazing Frisbee skills. Grace Tse is also regarded as the only female Frisbee player (a dying race) and hopefully has encouraged more females to learn the art of Frisbee. Also worth mentioning are Kyle Norton and Keaton Mcmanamnamanmnmy (widely regarded as the same person), whose exploits, shenanigans, and general tom foolery on the field made up for their mediocre playing ability (No Keatoning!). Let the record show, however that in the highly controversial Staff-Student game of Term 1 2011 they scored the only two points to the staff's four in a game played to seven that reached time limit due to time constraints. However, these two outstanding individuals were greatly helped by their entire team, which was, in fact, better than the staff but the staff chose to do the game after DAWGfest when all the students were tired and had walked at least a mile and a half to the field. Overall, however, the staff played a good game and should be respected. In that regard, the students were playing on with heavier hearts by playing in and for the memory of their beloved Jack Lindsay, whom had left the term early due to undisclosed reasons. The opening pull was led by Dillon McDermott, shouting "For Jack" as a battle cry. The students went on to take a one nothing lead after outstanding defense and then a long pass from Dillon McDermott to Keaton McManamy. In conclusion, Ultimate Frisbee is the ultimate sport at UGA and thus should be respected by all UGA TIPsters.

I look forward to coming back as an RC and seeing if UGA is still the great Frisbee campus it was when I was a TIPster. -Kyle Norton

UGA Term 2, 2011 had some of the best players in the game however, such as Sam Trent and Bora Gunay. Sam, who by himself shut down the staff in the Staff vs. Student Ultimate game, and Bora who threw super accurate full field flicks, were super key components. In fact the last point of the game was from the students field zone and Bora flicked all the way into the other endzone to Taylor Douglas, right to his hands, he didnt even have to move. However UGA Term 2 frisbees is beginning to die slowly, more players are going to other sports such as lacrosse, and the quality of players is slowly deterioting. In Term 2, 2015 Ultimate Frisbee was revitalized by two outstanding third year frisbee players Chris Gregoire, and Sung Yong O, who have been called "The Frisbee Gods" by other Tipsters. They are known as two of the best frisbee players ever to grace the Myers Quad or any other quad before that, and according to Bora Gunay, are better than any Term 1, or 2 Tipster he has ever seen, aside from himself and Sam. Chris is known for, as well as Bora, his full field accurate flicks, while Sung is known for his backhand bombs which go incredible lengths. As many know, Term 2 has only beaten the staff once during Bora and Sam's time at tip. However, the tipsters only beat the staff with a fourth year team, after the staff had played against the whole campus. Overall Term 2 has the four best frisbee players to ever play at UGA in any term, Bora Gunay, Chris Gregoire, Sam Trent, and Sung Yong O. These four are the only four people who have ever led a team to a win against the staff.

During the term II 2016, for the first time in six years (If you count the unofficial 2011 game as an actual win), the students beat the staff. It was the first legitimate tipster win ever, as neither team had played before, and all tipsters were aloud to play. Though the win was a collaboration on the part of the whole campus, captain Chris Gregoire and his friend Sung carried the team to victory. In a game to 11, Chris threw 10 of the points, and had incredible full field flicks and good disc movement. The 10th point was a flick from end zone to end zone, curving just enough so that TA Kevin could not reach it and gliding into the hands of Tey Um. The TiPsters were rejuvenated after that point and went out playing hard. The final point, the students pulled, and Chris ran down and blocked a throw from a TA, and then threw a curving flick to the running hands of Sung. This was a very emotional moment for the whole camp: everyone stormed the field to lift up Sung, and tears could be seen in Chris's eyes, after they had done what they had wanted to do all four years. The final score was 11-6, the same score (just reversed) as the year that Chris Gregoire and Sung Yong-O first came to UGA.

In 2017, the Tipsters were led by the captain Savage Wilkerson, and Reese Alley, who had the duo frisbee. The Students started out great by jumping to a 4-0 lead, with people on the sidelines getting hype, and people in the game making excellent plays. The Staff soon made a comeback; however, the students where able to force half on a ridiculous diving catch from Morgan Sickles. To Start the second half Savage scored on a beautiful through from Josh Warren, and it was back and forth after that. Every tipster who touched the field played incredibly hard, and gave there all in the name of the Students. After the students scored making it 10-8, Reese Alley, Spencer Johnson, Uwem Wilson (speed god), Aaron Makar, Morgan Sickles, Josh, And Savage Wilkerson, took the field to close the game. The Staff scored off a throw from RC Will, and it was 10-9. The Last drive, the disc movement was amazing, and it culminated with new Frisbee god Spencer Johnson flicking it to the back of the end zone to Aaron who made the greatest frisbee catch UGA has ever seen in the back of the end zone. The students rushed the field and Celebrated in the Staff's end zone. It was awesome. Shoutout to everyone. Y'all got LIT on the sideline, and gave it 110% on the field, Brandon brilliant had to go to the hospital because he dove for the frisbee so much. You guys make me proud to be a UGA term II tipster.


ART is happy, yet it is somber. ART is a gift, yet it is a curse. ART has meaning, yet it is meaningless. ART is everything you want it to be, yet it is nothing like you expected. ART is alive, yet it is dead.

The BIG Event

Traditionally, every year the first weekend contains an event known simply as The Big Event. The nature of this event is kept secret from the TiPsters until the day before, or in the case of Term 2 2014, the day of the event. It usually involves large teams of TiPsters working together to accomplish a task.

Past BIG Events

  • 2014
    • 2014's Big Event was The Amazing Race, in which TiPsters had to run around campus with team leaders (RCs or TAs) and accomplish various tasks in any order.
  • 2015
    • 2015's Big Event was ABC Scavenger Hunt, in which TiPsters ran around the Quad/Myers and acted out things that started with said letter, and received a score from 1-5 on it. The team with the highest score won.
  • 2016
    • 2016's Big Event was a team Amazing Race-style event, in which Tipsters formed 10 teams and completed challenges with RCs. The team who completed them the fastest won.
  • 2017
    • 2017's big event was four hours of free time
  • 2018
    • 2018's Big Event was TIPial Pursuit, in which Tipsters participated in a trivia competition between each RC group. RC Groups ran to each RC/RHL's door and answered a set of 10 trivia questions, and each RC had a different category.
  • 2019
    • 2019’s Big Event was TIPial Pursuit once again. The rules were the same as 2018, but instead of 10 trivia questions tipsters answered 20 from each RC.



Orange is a great color, don’t you think? It’s just such a majestic color. . . When I see orange I think “regal”, “royal”, and “dignified”..... I also think “fourth year.”

This is my fourth year at Duke TIP, and I’m loving it. I could go into why I feel such strong emotion toward what is known to the outside world as “nerd camp” but I think you all understand where I am coming from. Being my last year, I wanted to leave something behind. This is just that. This is my tribute to TIP... or should I say TIPute.

Now, before we delve any deeper, there is some terminology you must be familiar with to understand this TIPute. If you are a well-versed TIPster, feel free to skip over this section.


  • TIP: Love
  • TIPsters: TIP-goers
  • 4th Years: the oldest of the TIPsters who cannot return
  • Orange: The color of the 4th years’ shoelaces. Don’t mess with The Orange.
  • Shoelaces: TIP identifier, neon shoelaces worn around the necks, or in the pockets of TIPsters.
  • TIPropriate: acceptable for TIP
  • inTIPropriate: a term usually used sarcastically after a crude, but most likely funny, statement or action. Also coined by TIP-savvy instructors and other staff members. (Also said is "Not Tippropriate")
  • Privileges: *SEE LEE*
  • Opposite day: Take this to mean “cross dressing day”
  • RelationTIP: Relationship that spans the length of TIP and generally ends following, although not always
  • TIPbabies: Urban legend, children who were conceived at TIP, yet to be proven true
  • Official TIP Songs: Songs strongly associated with TIP, the very last songs played at the dances. These include: Wonderwall, Iris, Don't Stop Believing, Time Warp, End of The World, Good Riddance, Save Tonight, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and American Pie. These TIPically generate strong emotional reactions from TIPsters.
  • Circles: Formed at dances by TIPsters during TIP songs, 4th years in a small circle in the middle surrounded by everyone else.
  • TIPression: The feeling of depression following from returning home from TIP, can last up to 344 days in between TIP. Also referred to as TIPstalgia
  • TIPsick: The feeling of being away from TIP, often viewed by TIPsters as their true home.
  • TIP-tastic: Related to TIP in such a way that it is just awesome (similar to fantasTIP)
  • TIPunion: A meeting of TIPsters outside of TIP (generally large numbers)
  • RoadTIP: A journey cross country with TIPsters, picking them up on the way to another destination
  • RC: Residential Councelors, generally young. They are the head of your TIP household
  • RC group: Your TIP household
  • Ultimate: as in ultimate frisbee, the most popular sport at TIP
  • Quad: Grassy field utilized by TIP for ultimate, dawgfest/quadfest/PITfest, chilling, and other activities
  • Dawgfest: (also known as quadfest or PITfest depending on location) is a competition among TIPsters, the RC groups are broken up into color groups (almost always including red, blue, green and yellow). They then create a team name and cheer and participate in other activities for points. Some are: Rock Tree Bridge, jello snarfle, waterballoon toss, cheesy poof face, tug of war and more.
  • Teen Isolation Program: What we tell cheerleaders TIP stands for (We also tell them that the green shoelace means you attempted murder, the orange means you succeeded)
  • Doneion rings: An expression that was come up with by Jay Godfrey, in which a TiPster would say when they were "done" with you. (Usually said "I'm so doneion rings with you", and an official button was made of this expression by the best TA ever, and a former UGA Tipster, Grace Ryans.)
  • This is necessary: An expression that quotes the scary carrot song that Asa Guydo performed with his RC Group for tipsync term 1 2015
  • Oh TIP Whaddup: Used by TiPsters to censor their "dat boi" memes
  • Concussion Protocol: The scariest thing any tipster will ever hear, any impact to the head will send a tipster to the hospital for 24 hours

Scenarios Only Acceptable at TiP

TIP itself is another world. After you leave it’s very TIPical to become reclusive for several days after. This is know as a TIP hang over, or a TIP-over if you prefer. Now, during this period we all must watch ourselves because sometimes it’s hard to separate TIP from reality in your TIPression... and certain things only work at TIP. Here is a list to help you sort that out.

  • Cross dressing in public (particularly men): should you try this at home, you may gain an unwanted reputation, endure many catcalls, and who knows what else...
  • Forming circles at dances: use caution, unless you want to be shoved to the ground by people screaming “MOVE! THIS MY JAM!” I recommend you stick to the dancing generally accepted in your area
  • Publicly listening to TIP songs: Unless you have a stone heart, generally TIP songs move TIPsters to great emotion. Should you be caught in public listening to one, I highly recommend skipping over them, or even plugging your ears and humming. No one wants to be known as the freak who randomly starts crying.

TIP is a wonderful experience, more than wonderful its magical, otherwordly, awesome, fantastic... TIP is womagiworlsomastic..... but, it should come with a warning... there are some after effects..

Aftereffects of TiP

  • A brief period of seclusion, and/or depression
  • A fit of social media updating relating to TIP
    • adding friends
    • updating family
    • status updates etc.
  • Reaching for your shoelace repeatedly when it is not there
  • wearing your shoelace repeatedly when it is not necessary
  • spending excessive amounts of time on your phone
  • Withdrawal from the loss of campus food and area-specific delivery services
  • an unwillingness to unpack
  • continuously zoning out
  • Listening to TIP songs on a loop
  • the great urge to throw a Frisbee
  • waking up and momentarily being confused over your location
  • using terms unknown to those around you
  • finding seemingly random things funny
  • Not taking off the wristband that fed you for three glorious weeks


TIP is a respectable program, and as we know, it is a privilege to be here. So, to make sure you enjoy your time at TIP and you do not disgrace the program, here is a list of some Dos and Don’ts of TIP.

DO wear your shoelace

DON'T lose your room key

DO take showers

DON'T lock yourself out of your room after a shower

DO play ultimate

DON'T play for the wrong team

DO start a TIP family

DON'T abuse your privileges (see Lee for further details)

DO mess with your RC

DON'T fall asleep on the last night

DO push the button (you know, the one by the door)

DON'T abuse your Axe

DO cross dress (you can’t take it too far)

DON'T mess with Orange

DO mess with the cheerleaders

DON'T get lost in them

DO bring an instrument

DON'T be afraid to shed some tears

DO participate

DON'T waste time, you only have three weeks

DO take advantage of the buffet

DON'T forget to say goodbye

and always make sure to remember the commandments of tip...


1. TIP = love

2. Always obey the 4th years

3. beware of cafeteria ladies

4. (btw... you’re not actually here for class)

5. GET SOME! (TIP babies do exist)

6. Dances= hot, sweaty, crying messes

7. Jam sessions required

8. It is in fact a rite of passage to get hit in the face by a frisbee

9. Thou shalt shalt be rid of thine innocence

10. Again.... TIP= F****ing love!!!

11. TIP will forever be love.

12. Be yourself.

13. Accept everyone. No exceptions.

14. Make every year your best year.

15. Be open to new things.

16. The Circles are holy.

17. This is your real home.

18. TIP is unity.

19. TIP never ends.

20. TIP is unconditionally, inexorably, the essence of LOVE.

Strange Occurrences at UGA

The scenarios listed below are, in fact, 100% true. You may think it is impossible for the nation's top 5% of students to do these things, but intelligence comes at a price, and that price is common sense.

Term I

Term II

  • Brooklyn (aka "Creek") ate a Monster Energy Drink can and ended up in the hospital.
  • Mel cut 6 inches of Laura's hair in the third floor kitchen.
  • Weed was flushed down the toilet.
  • A couch was stolen.
  • Spin moves.
  • The puppy was found!
  • Bars of Beach Mist soap were given to the top students in the nation. However, instead of being used for its hygienic purposes, it was consumed. This was started by fourth year Jack Campbell and RC Thomas Williford in the bathroom on a solemn night. In addition, there was a "Soap Riddler," who hid bars of soap in the ceiling, couches, and air conditioning vents. Each day, he would create a riddle that clued the way to the hidden soaps. Legend has it that the soaps in the ceiling have still not been found. Also, soaps with bite marks were commonly found sporadically across campus. It became so bad that the RCs would give each Tipster a button if they turned in their unopened bar of soap.
  • Freedom Friday, on the last night of the term, stole a microwave. How? We do not know, nor do we want to.
  • The Teen Programming class created a Discord (which their TA was in) and sent Hentai and Holocaust footage. These poor Tipsters were investigated and sent home. RIP Adam.
  • For whatever reason, there was a lockdown and we were scared shitless. No one ever told us what it was for. (EDIT: I actually know what happened! The man who sometimes helped at the end station misplaced my friends insulin and they freaked out. They searched her room and everything (mine was across from hers so I saw). In the end they found it and everything was fine)
  • Spencer and Ethan bought a kiddie pool and would go inside whenever they were able to watch TV. It was an amazing sight to see.
  • The 'Jew Crew' initiated its new members at Funopolis and made them recite the pledge of fidelity to the crew. Nondenominational dinners were planned, but never carried out. Love the Jew, respect the Jew, but most of all, feel the Jew.
    • Note: they were not all Jewish; respect for the Jew was the only necessary qualification. Also, we support any and all religions including, but not limited to, that of the Flying Spaghetti Monster as well as the Church of Scientology.
  • Maya chugged a bottle of Texas Pete Hot Sauce for no reason other than the fact that she was told she couldn't. She threw up almost immediately, but kept this to herself in fear of being quarantined.
  • Pharmacology learned how to make crystal meth.
  • After the dances, the fourth year boys would gather in the bathroom and shotgun soda. This led to an ant infestation.
  • Ethan had a duck hamper.
  • Jack and Kenny got matching "raise the bar" henna tattoos and Delia got an "I love tiddies" and "bitch" henna tattoo, and Alex N got a "no ragrats" and "I eat ass" henna tattoo.
    • Note: "tiddies" is the proper, politically correct way of spelling. Variations such as "titties," or the occasional "fun bags," are NOT correct or acceptable in the TIP environment.
  • BeyBlade battles became the norm, along with frisbee tossing, during break times.
  • George, Jake, and Maya performed their original rendition of “Dancing Queen” (ABBA). Unfortunately, due to the fact that George and Jake are no longer tipsters (technically), and that Maya is a toddler, this performance will not continue into the 2019 talent show.
    • Note: this event occurred in both 2017 and 2018.
  • Robert's ID went viral amongst the girls because of how beautiful he looked.
  • Every boy wore their shorts up their asses because, in their words, "high shorts, high hopes."
  • The puppy died. Gruesomely.
  • Fourth years Diego Fleury and Wesley Tidwell decides to take a lovely stroll throughout Myers Hall. This would have been ordinary had they been wearing pants. However, they were not. They really took high shorts high hopes to the next level. RC Tristan joined in the fun, pulling his shorts up as well! RC Lauren, however, was NOT amused. She found the pantless boys very stress-inducing.
  • RC Kara read an immense amount of bed time stories over the course of the second term. One of these such stories that was read during the term was A.A. Milne’s timeless tale, Winnie the Pooh. During this time, the TiPsters were quite observant and listened in to Milne’s crude sense of humor. Some examples include: Christopher Robin’s Glock, Winnie-the-Pooh in blackface, theft and armed robbery of a beehive, Pooh’s little something at 11 in the morning, A big something, and sweetened condensed milk.
  • Students beat the staff and we got our puppy back!
  • Madi and Maya were banned from turtle ponds.
  • The TED Talks. Starting at the first dance, many many many boys would gather in the bathroom, crammed into one stall, in order to talk about topics. These were called the TED talks. They were generally about if certain actions are gay. The admin eventually realized and stopped people from going into the bathroom in large groups. Furthermore, certain people were on an unofficial watch, where if they go in the bathroom in 3s, the staff would `unofficially` count the time they spend in there. These talks also got many parts of wills redacted(any section about anything bathroom related).
  • The lemon pepper wings. It was a quiet Sunday night, a time at which ted talks in the bathrooms were becoming rampant. The boys decided that it would be a good idea to have their second ted talk of the night after lights out, around 11:45. In the bathroom were many, and soon RCs started to pile up outside of the entrance to the restroom, hearing about what was going on and trying to put a stop to it. Knowing the boys could be in trouble, we started slowly trickling out into the common areas outside of the restroom. One of the first tipsters to do so was Ethan Goldiez, and 3rd year at the time. In a spout of quick-thinking and genius ability, he said that the lemon pepper wings had given all of the boys stomach aches, and diarrhea. The message was conveyed to the others, and slowly more people started to trickle out, everyone saying it was the lemon pepper wings. It was rumored to be about 7 RCs outside of the bathroom at this point. Matt the Medic was awoken from his slumber to check on all of the kids to make sure everything was okay. In the end, multiple people were sent to John, the OSD at the time, to talk about this incident and explain everything in detail. Those who were there know that it will never be forgotten.
  • To elaborate ^, Tristan's group alone was sent to John 14 times.
  • Ahahaaaaaa -Diego Fleury
  • Wesley Tidwell and Max Hobbs almost got kicked out not once, but TWICE! for having contraband dru9s (the green goodness or whatever u prefer to call it). Snitches get stitches.
  • The Five Daily Brads were born, symbolized by Diego's "Tip Daddy" hat
  • "Oh TIP!" was a phrase coined by Summer Sun to express multiple emotions: anger, disbelief, surprise, happiness, etc.

UGA TIPsters

2009 Original Fourth Years

Term I

  • Dustin Abnos "Paul Pierce" "Primo"
  • Gordon Glass "Vinny" "God" "Tiptator/King"
  • Connally Barry
  • Danielle Bedard
  • Aren Besson "Milfred" "Queen"
  • Chad Boatner "Animal"
  • Emily Polur
  • Amanda Boehlke
  • Casey Brand
  • Kelly Marie Castro "The Cuban"
  • Seth Gordon
  • Clare Howerton
  • Brandon Hoyos "Rudy Fernandez" "Primo" "Papi Chulo"
  • Jennifer Hutchinson
  • Angie Jeong
  • Christian Jester "LeBron"
  • James Kotel "Asian"
  • Emily Kruse
  • Hannah Lefton "Penelope"
  • Chris Mcgahee
  • Abbey Meller
  • JJ Netter
  • Ihuoma Nwaogwugwu
  • Mark Olsson "Big Baby"
  • Hannah Organick
  • Drew Paulman "AK 47"
  • Joseph Perez
  • Maya Gringas
  • Enrique Ramirez "Tony Parker" "Caliente"
  • Connor
  • Sam Scroggins
  • Micheal Green aka "Marcus South" "Kobe" "Shut up Micheal!" "Miguel Verde"
  • Hannah Stern
  • Henry Thomas
  • Jeofry Wages
  • Jamie Ward
  • Thompson Way

Term 2

  • Nic "Jesus" Ballinger
  • Cassidy Bingham
  • Mark "QB" Bernhard
  • Jeff Brehm
  • Shannon Bush
  • Leanne Castro
  • Emily Dong
  • Yolanda Douglas
  • Rose Fox
  • Chloe Gagin
  • Micheal Green
  • Jill Hattaway
  • Emmie Heath
  • Kenneth Hill
  • Stefan Isaza
  • Brendan Loomis
  • Steven "Sweet Java Brown" Lyga
  • Christopher Nesmith
  • Lena Ray
  • Josh "Shadow" Snadow
  • Austin "Oh Snap!" Terry
  • Dan (Pong) Weitzman

2019 The Last Fourth Years

Term 1

  • Xander Blackwell
  • Jack Boals
  • Katrina Borgen
  • Colby Brown
  • Courtney Carrington
  • Valerie Carver
  • Melissa Chow
  • Ren Cox
  • Miriam Crotwell
  • Matthew Cuartas
  • Grace Davis
  • Cáelan Devine Ryan
  • Brian Donor
  • Allison Douglas
  • Eric Erbach
  • Rebecca Flug
  • Aubrey Ford
  • Menna Freeman
  • Lila Grandle
  • Rob Hackl
  • Wilson Hattaway
  • Jacob Holman
  • Hadley Howard
  • Holly Hyde
  • Xeo Jenkins
  • Charles Johnson
  • Khalil Johnson
  • Sarah Johnson
  • Kennedy Kearns
  • Susanna King
  • Emily Kitchens
  • Wesley Leach
  • Levi Leard
  • Michelle Lee
  • Kayla Ligett
  • Emily Lootens
  • Kasey Maguire
  • Alexa Mavrakis
  • Chas McCrary
  • Duncan McEwan
  • Madie Murnane
  • Camille Nooney
  • Matthew Outlaw
  • Ritta Paixao
  • Josh Palmer
  • Riley Pienkowski
  • Austin Reid
  • Nikki Roane
  • Mary Elizabeth Rudd
  • Valerie Salvatierra
  • Abbey Swanson
  • Josh Truong
  • Joanna Ward
  • Sam Williams

Term 2

  • Madi "MadDawgGangGang" Smith
  • Rachel Yeung $
  • Maya Offir "The token Jew"
  • Diego Fleury Ahahah (see The Five Daily Brads)
  • Ryan "Martha" Griggs (see The Five Daily Brads)
  • Liam Heraty (see The Five Daily Brads)
  • Max Hobbs (see The Five Daily Brads)
  • Wes Tidwell (see The Five Daily Brads)
  • Steven Fabrizio
  • Garrett Anderson
  • Henry Skeen
  • Bre Witt
  • Summer Sun
  • Chase Patterson
  • Olivia "Pam" Nichols
  • KIMI Lessor
  • Tochi Osuji
  • Duncan Lambert
  • Bibby Kitrell
  • Kaitlin Hicks
  • Emma Claire Everett
  • Bank Daniel
  • Kenny Cook
  • Rafa Chavez
  • Connor Sutton
  • Reggie Bell
  • Annaleah Seufert
  • Alicia Abraham
  • Ayoola Adewuyi
  • Josie Anderson
  • Grissell Barajas
  • Zoe Barron
  • Abbey Boswell
  • Leah Bradley
  • Brayden Clark
  • Lauren Connally
  • Grace Constantian
  • Elliot Crosby
  • Willow Curtis
  • Sadie Dibb
  • Maddie Fellner
  • Victoria Fenwick
  • Elliot Ford
  • Emma Gast
  • Kat Grimm
  • Simon Hughes
  • Josh Johnson
  • Franklin Kennedy
  • Rebecca Kielmanowicz
  • Jordan Kinney
  • Emily Van Ecko
  • Bethany Welch
  • Nik Kronlein
  • Lillia Lancaster
  • Clancy Lamour
  • Autumn Larsen
  • Alex Lartonoix "LaCroix"
  • Chloe Libert
  • Jack Madsen
  • Ben Martin
  • Nash McElveen
  • Erin Miller
  • Ethan Milton
  • Kim O'brien
  • Collin O'Donoghue
  • Kieran Opela
  • David Pollock
  • Aaron Ratner
  • Emma Robert
  • Coral Schulte
  • Kelile Southwell
  • Jack St.Pierre
  • Lucas Stokoszynski
  • Lexi Tracton
  • Shyanne Urbin
  • Devon Whitesides
  • John Yuan
  • Georgia Christie



The second week of term one in 2019 brought on some of the worst TIPlague reports ever seen by some tipsters. Strep and a typical summer stomach bug made its way around campus, with whole RC groups and more than half of some classes becoming sick. Needless to say, it is the worst TIPlague ever experienced by some tipsters so far, originating in Criminal Law and Mock Trial. Make sure y’all wash your hands, get good sleep, and eat healthy!!! In addition to the stomach bugs, the worst plague of them all is the “woah” plague. Tipsters can be seen “woahing” at any given time. Some female tipsters report that their roommate will be in the middle of doing their makeup, when the roommate would suddenly “woah”. It’s truly a terrifying plague.


According to some tipsters, the government is dropping inflected fleas on the tipsters at uga, resulting this widespread plague. Perhaps the plague (2019) occurred due to the SHIT ON THE WALLS in a particular bathroom.