Traditions and Competitions

IMG_1675We are in the midst of Homecoming week here at TU and as a junior I have a few Homecoming traditions that I always look forward to.  Every night of Homecoming Week includes events that the whole school is invited to attend.  Organizations are able to participate in the competitive aspects of Homecoming and are judged by attendance, as well as how they place in the competitive events.  I work in Fisher South, the first-year residence hall, and our hall government competes in Homecoming each year.  The events for Homecoming this year include a Color Run, Street Painting, a Yard Board competition, a Pie-Eating Contest, and our annual Bonfire.

The theme this year is the All-American Homecoming in honor of TU moving into the American Athletic Conference for our Division I teams.  Fisher South is a very competitive building, and these events have made all of us step up our game.  My favorite event of Homecoming is Street Painting.  During Street Painting, organizations take a section of 8th Street leading up to Chapman Stadium and paint murals to show our school spirit.  We are given three hours to complete the competition and it was all hands on deck.  Our concept was “The All-American Dream” and Goldie was dreaming about a Golden Hurricane sweeping up the Bulls (our opponents for the game), Captain ‘Cane punching a bull, and our football team making the winning field goal.


My contribution was mixing the color for Goldie and painting her.


Hall Government, staff, and Fisher South friends were all helping to get the vision down on the street.


By the end of the night we were all holding flashlights in order to see exactly what we were painting.


Creating the yard board is my next favorite competition during Homecoming.  Each organization is given a board to decorate and they are then placed on one of the sidewalks by McFarlin library for everyone to see.  One of the Resident Assistants, Julia Morgan, took this project under her wing and was responsible for most of the artwork on the board.  About ten of us followed her lead and were able to paint the letters and such.

yard board

Our concept was The All-American Team featuring key figures: George Washington, Goldie, President Upham, and Captain ‘Cane. We named this “Mt. Crushmore Bulls” in anticipation of a Homecoming win.


As if Homecoming competitions were not enough, Fisher South has begun a Halloween Door-Decorating Contest that runs through the end of the month.  I love some friendly competition as does this building.  My roommate and I have fully embraced the challenge and I look forward to seeing what others bring to their hall.


Love at First Sight!

IMG_0054Today’s Tuesday with Tulsa comes to us from Maria Fernanda Ahumada, a freshman Petroleum Engineering major from Colombia, South America.


My name is Maria Fernanda Ahumada, and I’m from Colombia, South America. I’m a freshman at TU majoring in Petroleum Engineering. I received an International Scholarship for Academic Excellence and Outstanding Leadership, and that’s why I’m here at TU. At first, I was really insecure and nervous coming to Tulsa, a faraway city which I had a never heard of before. But when I arrived, my mind completely changed.

I had a good time during Orientation Week because I met lot of people from the United States and from other countries. During the week, I met my friends from South America (Chile, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Mexico), and now we are such a big group of Hispanic people. At first sight I loved the campus. It’s such a marvelous place where life is easy-going and entertaining.  It’s a safe place where you can walk at any time of the day no matter what; everything is close enough that walking is the fastest way of moving from one place to another. Continue reading