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PRT Cram

Students attempting to break the PRT Cram record

The PRT Cram is a time-honored tradition challenging student organizations to see which group can fit the most members into a WVU PRT car. The record, set in 2000, is 97. Student Organizations will have two chances to beat the record:

  1. Monday, Nov. 4 - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of the Mountainlair
  2. Thursday, Nov. 7 - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m at the HSC Pylons entrance.

The Student Organization/Group/Club that has the most participants in attendance during their scheduled time slot will receive $150. Spots are limited, so pre-registration is recommended.

Register now at

SpeakWrite™ Writing Contest

The theme of this year's Mountaineer Week SpeakWrite™ contest will be “Writing Appalachia” and is open to all WVU students. Those interested in submitting a piece should focus on how WVU students are helping to tell Appalachia’s story. Entries may include brief scholarly essays, short creative works, engaging research reports or any other written text that focuses on Appalachia. Awards will be given to the best submission in each of two categories: Arts & Humanities, and Social Sciences & STEM. The deadline for entries is Oct. 14 and winners will be announced Nov. 4.

Enter online at

Beard Growing Contest

The Mountaineer, Timmy Eads, will host the first round of the 2019 Mountaineer Week Beard Growing Oct. 16 at noon in the Mountainlair Commons. All contestants must shave their beards during this round of the competition. Fraternities are encouraged to enter as a group. Each fraternity must have a minimum of five men entered in the contest, all of whom will be eligible for individual awards, to earn accreditation points. Judging of the newly-grown beards will take place Nov. 6 from 12-2 p.m. on the Mountainlair Grand Staircase. Plaques will be given to the top three beards and prizes will be awarded as follows: $100 for first, $75 for second and $50 for third. The winning fraternity will win $150 for their chapter.

Beard Growing contestants need to pre-register online at

Door Decoration Contest

The Mountaineer Week Door Decoration Contest will be hosted online via Instagram. This year’s theme will be “Appalachian Story.” The content placed on the door should acknowledge that Appalachia is both a place and a culture and will be judged based on cultural elements, art, history, landmarks, sense of place and more. To enter, contestants must post a photo of their decorated door using the hashtag #MountaineerDoor. The deadline for entries is Oct. 25. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. Winners will be announced Nov. 4.

Photo Contest

The 2019 Mountaineer Week Photo Contest is accepting entries now through Oct. 25. To be eligible, all photos must be the work of the WVU Student who submits it. All entries must be taken in the Appalachian region, with the exception of the Sustainability prize which must only depict an area of West Virginia. Photos may focus on traditional crafts, celebrations, musicians and other elements of Appalachian heritage. The Sustainability category entries must depict one of the following themes: effect of climate change to region, natural wonders that are at risk, sustainable living, sustainable agriculture, alternative energy. Prizes will be awarded to the top three photos. Winners will be announced Nov. 4.

Entries should be submitted online at