Juniata College has a tradition that accompanies Madrigal, our winter dinner and dance, called “Tenting.”  Tenting begins when an e-mail is sent out to the entire student body, who race to the lawns in front of Ellis Hall to set-up camp for the next week.  The order in which students arrive and set-up their tent determines students’ place in line for Madrigal ticket sales.  For example, the first students in the tent line (otherwise known as the “head tent”) receive their first choice table at Madrigal, second tent gets second choice and so on.

Students compete to be “head tent” so they have their pick of Madrigal table (the ones in the middle which represent “Five Golden Rings” tend to be the most popular).  Additionally, students enjoy the tradition of camping outside and participating in “roll calls” which can occur at any time, so it is important that at least one person is always by their tent.  (Roll call is prohibited during class hours, 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m. Monday - Friday.)
Juniata students typically camp out with their friends and those they wish to share a table with during the Madrigal dinner.  The maximum number of people per tent is ten.  Dinner tables cannot surpass 6 or 8 people.  Students who do not plan to attend the dinner may still attend the dance.  Dance tickets will be on sale at the Information Desk starting the Monday after Madrigal ticket sales begin.

Basic Rules:

  • An email will be sent to the entire campus in the near future permitting the start of tenting outside of Ellis Hall. Tents may not be set-up ahead of time, so tents should remain “in pieces” as your team races to Ellis Hall.
  • Tents may be set up on the lawns in front of Ellis Hall and along the 18th Street on the lawns near Lesher Hall and the Kennedy Sports & Recreational Center. The entrances to these buildings and the sidewalks surrounding them should not be blocked. If you plan to set up your tent behind Lesher Hall, please stay to the right side of the sidewalk leading up to the back entrance to allow access to the Early Childhood Center playground. 
  • Extension cords may not run across Scott or 18th Street.
  • Only outdoor extension cords may be used to provide electricity to your tent.
  • If you choose to bring a mobile home or recreational vehicle, please park the vehicle in the South parking lot only. For safely reasons, camping out in rental trucks (Ryder, U-haul, etc.) is prohibited.
  • The Madrigal Committee will not be responsible for monitoring the order of the line. It is up to the participants to keep themselves in order and/or work out any conflicts in a responsible manner. 
  • Before students may purchase their tickets on the day ticket sales begin, all tents and personal items from tenting must be cleaned up.  Anything not removed from the lawns by 10:00 a.m. on that day will be discarded.
  • All rules in The Pathfinder, including the alcohol policy, apply during tenting. Violators’ names will be given to the Dean of Students Office. 
  • The Madrigal Committee reserves the right to cancel the sign-ups and implement an alternate sign-up format of our choice, if any violations of college policy and/or concerns for the participants’ safety occur.
  • At 8:00 a.m. on the Saturday after tenting, the Madrigal Committee will open the lower right front doors of Ellis Hall (beside the porch) to initiate ticket sign-ups. Students will proceed up the stairs to the Cyber Café. When finished signing up, students will exit down the other set of stairs. 
  • Ticket will cost $15.00 per Juniata student and $20.00 for all non-JC students (for the dinner and the dance). Make sure to have all Juniata ID numbers before sign-up and if there are any dietary restrictions (vegetarian / vegan option).  Tickets for the dance (without the dinner) will cost $10.00 in advance and $13.00 at the door.
  • To sign-up for a table after the first day of ticket sales, please stop by the Information Desk in Ellis Hall.  
  • Students may sign-up for tickets in “tables” of 6 or 8 students.  If you would like to attend and do not have a complete table, the Madrigal committee will assign you and other students to a table, so all the tables are filled.