BU Today feature: Who Can Build the Better Gingerbread House: CFA or ENG?


This article was originally published in BU Today on December 17, 2018 by Alan Wong. 

On a cold winter night last week, students from two BU schools went head-to-head in a West Campus meeting room. The object? Which two-person team, one from the College of Fine Arts, one from the College of Engineering, could build the better gingerbread house? BU Today had reached out to the two schools asking for students willing to take part in a friendly but spirited competition. Would ENG students, with their penchant for structural soundness, trump the artistry of their CFA counterparts—or vice versa? The rules were simple. As well as a communal pool of icing, frosting, and sprinkles, each team was supplied with two gingerbread house kits to combine and manipulate as they saw fit. In addition, each team was allowed to bring in outside accoutrements to adorn their houses—provided they were edible.

Acting majors Ronan Quiniou (CFA’21, CAS’21) and Zachary Kelley (CFA’21) laid out an eclectic mix of pretzel sticks, a small bag of Golden Grahams cereal, and tea bags. Their ENG counterparts, Camryn Williams (ENG’21) and Samuel Quick (ENG’20), had design and structure in mind. They brought in Exacto knives, a hammer, and safety glasses. (You can’t be too careful when it comes to building a gingerbread house.)

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