Tugs. Every member of NIU's Greek community know it's the biggest Greek event that is held only once a year. Some say it's bigger than Homecoming and every other Greek event combined. Many times winning or losing a tugs match can make or break a fraternity's reputaiton. So what is tugs?
Each year in the Spring, for one week, all the fraternites battle each other out in rigorus tug-of-war matches to determine the strongest and most athletic Greek organization. However, this is not your typical tug-of-war match you may have played in middle school gym class. Tugs takes tug-of-war to a whole new level. Teams are consisting of 9 people set up in what we call "trenches" where they are able to apply an excruciating amount of pull force. Each tugger holds the rope under their armpit to gain the most grip, and an anchor is at the end. Tuggers are required to tape padding to their ribs and forearms because the prominent force of the rope would rip their skin apart if they didn't. Each round lasts 20 minutes and to win the match, you must win 2 out of the 3 rounds. Each round consits of a new set of tuggers.
Sigma Nu takes tugs very seirously, and only the toughest and most athletic members are able to earn a spot on the rope to represent Sigma Nu during match week. Even though match week is usually the last week of April, members start practicing well early in the semester, beginning in January. Tugs is seen as an actual sport, with practices and coaches.
Tugs is only held at Northern Illinois University, and has been since the early 60s, so do you have what it takes to be part of The Show?