Godiva's Crown (sometimes known simply as Godiva or Lady Godiva) is a female engineering student who has been chosen to represent the spirit of Lady Godiva at Skule™. She is selected during a Godiva Week competition in which she must perform a creative act in front of a panel of male judges and the reigning Godiva's Crown. Godiva's Crown holds the ceremonial wooden horse as well as the signature Crown for the year. She is present at many Skule™ events to improve Skule™ spirit.
The Crown worn by Godiva's Crown is a unique hardhat, from which a distinctive crown shape is carved, with the sides of the crown emblazoned with the suit representing the year (i.e. the Queen of Hearts or the Queen of Clubs). The 'suit' for each Godiva's Crown rotates each year in a four-year cycle.
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The Godiva's Crown Competition has traditionally been held on Thursday evening of Godiva Week. The competition consists of two main parts. First, in a humourous gesture, each Godiva's Crown contestant is asked to use power tools to nail, hammer, drill, and screw together a small wooden object in front of the judges.
The main part of the competition involves a creative act which may include a skit, song, or dance. There are no requirements to the act, and many acts have involved the use of props, supporting cast, and multimedia presentations.
The judging panel usually consists of seven judges - six male engineering students (which must include exactly one F!rosh) and the reigning Godiva's Crown (who is the head judge). The male judges are generally chosen by the Godiva's Crown or organizers of the event, and is decided by their (humourous) responses to a series of questions.
Following each act, the judges generally write their comments on paper to be read out by the MC of the night. These comments are humorous in nature, and are not meant to factor into the official judging of the act. The judges also have opportunities to ask questions to the contestants after their act.
The judges, although they are chosen impartially, have been known to enjoy tasty treats and refreshing BEvERages to aid in their selection of the winning contestant. Many contestants choose to make their 'bribery' in a public fashion during their act, with judges favourably receiving creative and personalized gifts.
The judges congregate in a secret location following the last act, and vote for the next Godiva's Crown. Following the decision, the reigning Godiva's Crown announces awards for each of the contestants, and the winner of the title. The new Godiva's Crown is then presented with the Godiva's Crown hardhat, the Godiva sashes, a ceremonial horse, and the flags for the Blue & Gold Bed Races.
Past Godiva's Crowns
|2011||Sandra Sousa||ECE||Queen of Spades|
|2010||Paulette Holtham||Indy||Queen of Hearts|
|2009||Jennifer Eversley||Civ||Queen of Clubs|
|2008||Topaz Chiu||NΨ||Queen of Diamonds|
|2007||Sheena Weisman||Chem||Queen of Spades|
|2006||Lisa Eamer||Min||Queen of Hearts|
|2005||Stephanie McTague||Chem||Queen of Clubs|
|2002||Asleigh Meyer Clelland||Min|