The third floor of Samuel Morris Hall has long been called “Broho” — a shortened version of their nickname, “The Brotherhood.”
Broho has been infamous for its wacky antics and traditions. The floor has long celebrated rich traditions and take some of these very seriously.
Something that has been synonymous with Broho is the Triumvirate. It is composed of three individuals who act as figureheads on the floor.
“It’s the Pope, the Snake and the Phu11bs,” sophomore Samuel Andreson, the current Phu11bs, said. “And we serve as the figureheads on our floor, so we do stuff to lead the floor, there’s a lot of secret stuff but other things like helping with Jericho week and the Boxer run.”
Each of the three have different responsibilities and characteristics. The Phu11bs is more irresponsible and chaotic; the Pope stands on a middle ground while the Snake is normally more reserved.
The previous Snake graduated last year, leaving the position vacant, but, as the men on Broho said, the new Snake was coming.
A couple of weeks ago, Broho chalked campus, filling the sidewalks with phrases like “The Snake is coming,” “The Snake is here” and “LTB (Love the Brotherhood” amongst other things.
This has long been a tradition to announce a new member of the Triumvirate. Back in 2012, when David Neel, the Samuel Morris Hall Director, was a student, he remembered his experience announcing the Snake.
“One night all of us were handed chalk and told to go make way for the snake, to tell all of campus that the snake is coming,” Neel said. “I remember someone wrote out the entire snake chant in chalk near the fountain. I remember writing (Broho acronyms such as) LTB, HTK, PFW all around campus. This was a fun time, and little did I know, the snake was actually one of my best friends at Taylor.”
The tradition of “The Snake,” Neel said, has not changed in the last decade.
Over the last 11 years, however, there have been multiple Snakes, and this year yet another new Snake was coming.
A few weeks ago, there was an event that unveiled the Snake: freshman Tyler Abraham.
When he thought about how it all went down, the Snake couldn’t help but be in awe.
“It was like a detached feeling of awe, it was just like the sheer ambition of just people to go and do this thing with no other reason other than that there is a snake and he’s here,” the Snake said.
The Snake remembered when he stayed at Taylor as a prospective student and witnessed the Snake speech as he stayed on Broho. Witnessing that was a bizarre and unexplainable thing and it has come full circle for the Snake now.
While the Snake loves all of Broho’s fun and crazy traditions, he also recognized how good the guys on his floor are outside of the antics.
“The guys on my floor are just so loving and sincere and genuinely want to have a connection with you, which is pretty much the opposite of everything I’ve (previously) experienced in a community,” the Snake said.
He enjoys how the men of Broho try to have a God-centered and welcoming community. He has no other way to describe living on Broho other than, one of a kind.