The Epic Quad Battle took place on June 8, 2005 at the West Quad. The North and the South fought bravely and many great feats were accomplished. May this grand contest of strength and cunning continue to grace the UCD campus hereafter.
The administration is trying to shut down the fourth Epic Quad Battle! See bureaucratic_asshattery.pdf for more details!
Two armies formed at each end of the West Quad. The North boasted foam noodles and water balloons, and had as its mascot a close relative of the Stanford Tree. South was decked out in duct taped shields and weaponry, with a large and impressive flag. In all, there were perhaps 80 soldiers duking it out.
Although North was outnumbered and outclassed for armor, they did succeed in taking down the flag of the South. It was then retaken by the South, and a battle of champions ensued. The tree was beaten senseless several times. The screaming audience of a few hundred surrounded the field of war and many confused, yet happy, faces were glimpsed.
All is now quiet on the West Quad front. Until the next Epic Quad Battle ensues!
2005-06-08 13:29:03 I wasn't going to show up. I'd heard about this event just a day or two previously, and wasn't sure if it was worth braving the gray and stormy weather. That and I was lazy. Then, from a strange feeling of excitement, I grabbed a pool noodle and headed to campus, expecting disappointment. I heard the screaming and saw the lines forming... and it was glorious. We should definitely do this again next quarter. —CindySperry
2005-06-08 19:13:35 I saw it! i was amazed how long they kept fighting and wondered if the girl without pants was cold. —RohiniJasavala
2005-06-09 00:54:16 I was so disappointed that I couldn't go and use my sheild a couple of the guys in Unitrans made for me. They are the ones with the big blue banner baring the "HF" for the Knights of Hammerfall. —TracyPerkins
2005-06-09 11:02:06 It was a weird day.....an Epic battle on the grass, Artists for Peace on the Patio..... —JimSchwab
2005-06-09 11:41:22 It was amazing. It was definitely at least a 3-1 score with the Southern Army totally bending over the Northern Army. First, we stole all their buckets of water balloons (which the other side has confirmed to be 200+), we beat the crap out of their tree, and although momentarily foiled by the theft of our Standard (= flag), our brave few performed an epic flanking maneuver, stealing back the standard, and probably beating up the tree on the way by. It was freakin' awesome. Also, a big shout-out to Manny is well-deserved for taking it like a man as he was heartlessly dragged across the quad, weaponless, still holding on for dear life to the flag. =D —JulieEickhof
2005-10-07 16:54:00 the most glorious day of my life. —IanRamsay
2005-10-07 18:23:42 Oh, I can't wait till next June... —CindySperry
2005-10-11 22:46:57 Lets have the next one be East vs West, since that way there's a clear border (the walkway) between the two warring states. —ThomasFifield
2006-04-12 16:26:48 Nice idea, but it would suck to tank on that walkway during battle. I think it's pretty obvious as it is. —JulieEickhof
2006-04-12 17:56:01 What was this for, anyway? —JosephBleckman
2006-04-12 21:33:51 Isn't it enough that it ... was? I mean, what better way to blow off some steam before finals than partake in the madness of the Epic Quad Battle? —CindySperry
2006-04-22 22:09:57 I'm not on facebook, but would anyone be interested in forming a wiki phalanx for the second battle? We shall have strength and honor... —CharlesWinkelmann
2006-04-22 22:18:19 A phalanx in terms of us acting together as a unit, or in terms of the highly regimented and trained structure associated with the Greeks? Because as a Wiki Phalanx/Alliance, that might be cool, but not something where we need a lot of discipline. —MaxMikalonis
2006-04-22 22:47:06 Max, im talking about the phalanx formation. I'm guessing 7 or 8 of us can 'train' a bit. I think it would be interesting to see a trained group move cohesively in a battle as glorious and chaotic as this. The barbarians won't stand a chance. Of course, a group of swashbuckling wiki-goers, beholden to none but the wiki banner would be fun as well, and if training will be impossible, then count me in as a wiki samurai. —CharlesWinkelmann
- Sweet Movie, I'm looking forward to it! —MaxMikalonis
2006-05-01 23:19:37 I'm interested in being part of a phalanx. —SimonFung
2006-06-01 00:01:25 Less than a week, what's the word people? —GregBishop
2006-06-01 00:13:46 I know there's a Facebook group for EQB 2... http://ucdavis.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2200766943 —CindySperry
2006-06-04 22:18:17 I noticed in the video that someone took a cheap shot to the back of the head. For last years battlers: was the combat mostly honorable, or were there a lot of cheap shots to people busy fighting others? —CharlesWinkelmann
2008-05-20 00:43:56 If you have never witnessed an Epic Battle, it is the most-blowing, heart-pounding 60-seconds of excitement you'll ever have ... in Davis. I was a spectator, not a participant; perhaps that's why I enjoyed it so much. Actually, everyone seemed to be having a lot of fun, and I didn't see anyone get hurt. The energy died quickly and after five minutes of all-out carnage, the warriors could barely thwack each other. Highly recommended. —SteveDavison
2008-05-22 22:15:06 For Christ's sake...the administration is seriously ridiculous. Misuse of property, lack of a sponsor and concerns with liability? Bull Crap...who gets seriously injured from a pool noodle? Nope...the chancellor doesn't want the world to know how BAD ASS Davis is, they want to keep up our facade as a peaceful community and open and engaging campus...they don't want our carnal sides sprawled on any major newspaper. —ArianeMetz
- My views are mixed. It's an amazing event (I couldn't make it freshman year, even though I commented above), I've always wanted it to happen, but I have to be concerned about what happened last year, as documented in this photo. Someone got got their skull fractured by a hammer-esque device wrapped in a towel. Fortunately, the guy didn't sue, but seriously? If it was in fact just pool noodles, we wouldn't be having this discussion. If there was a strong organization putting on the event, one which could check peoples weapons and take those capable of causing harm (like lead pipes and broken exposed PVC), then I'd feel more comfortable. And— hopefully— a strong org would be able to deal with potential insurance issues. Maybe I'm just more sensitive to these issues and concerned about them since Bill, but I think it's far more likely the administration is fine with our carnal sides, they just don't want our insides sprawled on any major newspaper. And, admittedly, they don't want the UCD name attached to any incident. Here's a pic of the hammer that did it:
- For those with Facebook, here is a link to the pic on the EQB3 group, with all associated comments, including some by the person who was hit. —M.
2008-05-23 01:35:39 This is one of those things, where if you've payed attention to the University's policy surrounding student activities, you would have to see it coming. And that's bullshit. Could I hate this administration any more? I don't think so. —ZackFrederick
2008-05-25 19:54:02 you may have detected the pinch of sarcasm inbedded in my comment...but I stand by my original post. Why don't we have the quad battle elsewhere? On the greenbelt maybe? —ArianeMetz
2010-03-26 14:28:48 You sure it was not this hammer? It sounds more like it with the towel. —David.Tran *