Founded in 1977, Rusk Eating House was the first all-female eating house at Davidson College. Our founders wanted to create a place for the women of Davidson College to congregate, bond and better serve Davidson College and the community at large.
Rusk values service, sincerity, community and acceptance, as well as excellent food. Scholarship is very important as well; we have held the highest GPA of all the Eating houses for the last 4 years. You can find a Ruskie in just about every campus activity and major, and there is no one stereotypical ‘Rusk woman.’ Our members are class presidents, Davidson Outdoors leaders, outstanding athletes, researchers, artists, and scholars; there’s a place for everyone in Rusk. We come from diverse backgrounds and perspectives but are united by our care free nature and mission to create a positive Rusk community.
As of 2015, Rusk has refocused its philanthropic efforts on fighting hunger in the local community. Through direct service opportunities, we want fewer of our neighbors, especially children, in the area to go to bed hungry and hope to educate the community about hunger and nutrition. We will be holding the first Hunger Games this March on chambers lawn to play games worthy of an olympian. Rusk's signature philanthropic events include the Color Run and Dancing through the Decades.
Rusk’s signature social events include; Rusk Semi-Formal Destination Unknown, where the entire house and their dates load a bus to travel to 2-3 unknown locations to party the night away, Cheeseburger in Paradise, and Space Jam sisterhood.