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Second East became known as the "Beast from the East" during the '70s thanks to a captivating beast‐like drawing which residents revered as a symbol of the hall. The Beast mentality persevered for the following years, and Second East transitioned to a coed environment in 1995. The Beast of Second East has been immortalized in many murals on hall whose ages stretch back to the early '80s. Second East boasts a great deal of artwork, with new murals and doors still painted frequently. Notable large-scale murals include a replica of the Sistine Chapel in Goodale lounge and a collaborative space-themed mural in the largest bathroom, whose ceiling tiles have been painted by multiple residents. LED comm has also decked out both lounges with sick LED displays.
The interests of Beast residents have fluctuated a lot over the years, but many refer to this hall as the "jack of all trades". If you have some hobby or special interest, you can most likely find someone on hall who will join you in your endeavors. In the last few years, denizens of Beast have enjoyed: hitting the gym, cooking, dancing, watching anime, rock climbing, playing multiplayer games, cuddling, hosting book clubs, DJing, and fire spinning.
Second East residents are very involved in East Campus government, and they also help organize EC programming like Rush and Campus Preview Weekend. They're also involved in many student groups, especially in leadership positions.
Second East's culture is constantly evolving, and so many of our traditions change with the times Δ. Some recent active traditions include:
- GRT-sponsored hall feeds
- talks through TEDxBeast
- tea time with hall residents
- weekly hall smoothies, courtesy of Smoothiecomm
- Resident-coordinated hall celebrations (Beastsgiving, Secret Sarah, etc.)
- Dinner mobs to local restaurants
- Hall parties at least once a semester, and spontaneous dance parties far more frequently
- Clotting in the halls (residents passing by a hall clot typically get sucked in)