1988

Will Rice announces in the special Beer Bike issue of the college newsletter, "The Phoenix," that 100 water balloons have been purchased and will be launched on an anonymous neighboring college at 5:45 Friday night.

By 1991, the balloons are introduced in the parade and are an overwhelming success with everyone, with the possible exception of the campos (campus police). Today, colleges prepare weeks in advance, filling hundreds of balloons and packing them into barrels or trashcans. The water balloon fight allows all students, not just the riders and chuggers, to become part of the Beer Bike festivities.

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This means war!
Rice alums from Hanszen 320: The Documentary Across Media
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