We 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.
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.
As my third semester at TU begins to comes to an end and we have begun fall break, I’ve finally got the chance to relax a little bit. Things have been going at warp speed lately and just some of the things that have happened in the last month involve homecoming, haunted hall, parent’s weekend, bowling bash, the pretentious art show, taste of the John, movie premier night, and humans vs. zombies.
Homecoming this year was so fun! From the standpoint of being part of housing staff, it was a very busy week and definitely filled with a lot of work, but nevertheless I enjoyed it all! One my favorite events that we participated in was street painting. Street painting landed on my birthday so it was embarrassing when the rest of my fellow staff members made everyone there sing me happy birthday but it was definitely something to remember. It was also a little sad that it happened to ran the next day and washed away all of our work but it was fun while it lasted!
Haunted Hall was a Hurricane Thursday event that happened to not only land during the week of homecoming, but also on Halloween. It was a Fisher South (the all freshman residence hall) event and put on by the members of hall government. We turned the three story hall into a haunted house and every level was kicked up a notch on the scary scale. It was fun getting to listen to a series of constant screams all night and seeing the 8 hours of work we put into the event pay off.
That weekend was parent’s weekend. I’m from Arizona and my parents couldn’t make it out for a weekend, but I was so fortunate to be adopted by multiple families for dinners, lunches, and brunches. My friend’s family even brought Kate’s puppy down for the weekend so we got lots of puppy time during the bonfire.
The latest event that I participated in was a week long game of Humans vs. Zombies. Everyone started out as a human and had a bandanna tied to their arm. There was one Alpha Zombie and thus began the game. The zombies had to tag a human to turn them, and the humans had to throw socks at the zombies to stun them for 15 minutes. During the day zombies had missions that the humans tired to interfere with and at night the humans were given missions they tried to complete without running into any zombies. By the end of the week there were about 40 zombies and 20 humans, and the humans were able to win the game! I did not have enough point to get me into the top humans, but I was the longest living human because I started day one so I was proud of myself!
As I said, the last few weeks have been a whirlwind of activities but hoe could you not love all of the fun activities that happen on campus? All that is left to do is make it through finals and gear up for the spring semester!
It is Homecoming week at TU, and we busy with traditions and celebrations. Meet the homecoming court and watch this video to see the 2013 Distinguished Alumni.