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!
This was the first year that TU decided to do a “Color Run” for Homecoming! The idea was that students would run a loop around campus and members of SA would throw dry paint at them. What resulted were some super colorful runners! Check out more pictures on DK photography (https://www.facebook.com/pages/DK-photography/150485175079851) and the Color Run album (https://plus.google.com/photos/117595852460701245725/albums/5800823759201807329).
So the past couple of weeks have had a lot of festivities mainly homecoming! (I apologize in advance for so many pictures!) It was definitely fun to go to all the activities but my favorites were the Ben Rector concert and the bonfire! I mean how can you not love a face like that?
But I was quite happy especially when he played my favorite song and all and all it was a good night!
The bonfire was pretty impressive and I’m pretty sure we were being baked during the fireworks show but I got lots of great pictures so I think it was worth it!
The next celebration we had was Kerry’s birthday and we planned a surprise party for her where we all wore lovely mustaches just because that theme sounded fun!
Today I got three care packages (our room was pretty much a disaster when I first opened them with so many things all over the place so I did have to clean up a bit):
You would think it was my birthday! Which I mean it actually was so more celebrations! I never knew how much care packages would mean until I got here! I am so thankful for my friends and family! Celebrations continue with Halloween and then a count down until Thanksgiving so I am quite excited! Until next time!
The Office of Admission wants to congratulate two of our outstanding University Ambassadors. Not only were Jordan Moyer and Sam Graves elected Homecoming Queen and King, the two seniors also got engaged! Congratulations you two!!
What a fun couple of weeks! Fall has finally arrived on campus with some cooler weather (although it still reached 90 degrees on Monday), and we just had an amazing Homecoming Weekend! I was honored to be on Homecoming Court and named as a Top Ten Senior this year, so most of my activities this past weekend revolved around shmoozing with amazing alumni and attending fun events!
On Friday, I started off my day giving a tour to Lovie Smith—yes, THE Lovie Smith. Head football coach of the Chicago Bears, ex-defensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams, and TU alumni. He played football here and coached here, so it was really nice to have him back on campus and an honor to be able to give him and his wife a private tour!
On Friday afternoon my family came in town for the Parents Weekend side of Homecoming Weekend, and it was so nice to have them here! I haven’t seen them in a while, so it was great to drag them along to all of the events! On Friday night we went to a fancy dinner in the new Lorton Performing Arts Center honoring the Distinguished Alumni for this year’s Homecoming (such amazing people!), and then we went to the bonfire, which is one of my favorite Homecoming events!
We have a huge pep rally with the band and all of the dancers and cheerleaders, and then we light the biggest bonfire in Oklahoma and watch fireworks shot off of our own intramural field! It is so beautiful!
I feel bad for not posting anything all month. So I will incorporate everything into one post. (Don’t worry, it will be short)
First up was homecoming. For those of you that don’t know, homecoming is also Parents Weekend at TU. So along with alumni, the campus is bustling with parents and family coming to see their college son/daughter. For the freshman, this event is really exciting especially since the last time some may have seen their parents was months ago when they moved in! So TU makes sure to have a weekend filled with awesomeness. Friday night is the bond fire and Saturday is the tailgate out on the New U with a lot of free food, shirts, and other merchandise for all to enjoy.
Unfortunately I missed the bond fire, but I’m sure fellow bloggers have pictures and stories about the festivities. I did make it to tailgating and the game on Saturday. Not much to say about the football game because we WON!!! Pretty good game, the Golden Hurricane bruised up the Mustangs pretty bad.
That same weekend was also Halloween. Even though it was a Monday night, my fraternity decided to throw a party. Everyone came out in their costumes and it turned out to be one of the best Halloween parties I’ve been to. I was the Big Bad Wolf and I forgot to get a pic with Little Red so maybe next year…
October went by pretty fast, especially at the end. Only a few more weeks till thanksgiving break. Can’t wait.
TU was also randomly visited by the C-SPAN bus.haha.
I’m sure that many of you have heard that the last weekend in October was the University of Tulsa’s homecoming / parents weekend! So many different festivities going on the last week in October, and keeping up with classes on top of it all is quite a challenge but such a blast!
One of the activities that TU does for the week of homecoming is street painting. On one of the streets by the football field, all the different fraternities, sororities, and other campus b get different sections of the street and paint different TU related pictures. Some very cool looking Captain Canes! Then the winner was announced during my favorite part of the whole week, the bonfire. On Friday evening, there is a GIGANTIC bonfire that lights up the entire sky. My family got to come down for the celebration. Me and my siblings started out in the very front, closest to the bonfire but soon had to scoot way back because of the intense heat!! But it was so awesome. And after they lit the bonfire, fireworks started going off behind it. What a wonderful display for all of the TU students, alumni, and families!
Today I got to do something that I rarely do during the middle of the day on a weekday: I went out into the city of Tulsa and saw a movie! There was a French film playing at one of the theaters in Tulsa and to add to the culture of my life (and possibly for a little bit of extra credit) I got to enjoy a heart wrenching French film. Some fun!
November’s here and we approach the end of this semester. However, there is still a lot to do! Going to visit the Gilcrease Museum this weekend and who knows what else! Until next time,
Parents and Family Weekend was the same weekend as Homecoming. There were a lot of activities on campus for visiting families. I was working in the Admission Office on Saturday morning, so I took some pictures of the festivities in front of Collins Hall.
The Mid-life Crisis Band playing on Chapman Commons
A family enjoying Parents and Family Weekend
Can you find one of our Student Bloggers?
I actually didn’t stay for the game, since I had promised my kids I would take them to Boo HaHa on Brookside. Pretty sure 15,000 people (mostly children and dogs) showed up to trick-or-treat at local restaurants and watch the Halloween parade.
These little cows also made an appearance at the TU Greek-or-Treat on Monday and stopped by Collins Hall to trick-or-treat as well. The perks of having children? Halloween candy, of course!
Homecoming is the tradition of welcoming back the alumni of a school. Each year during TU’s Homecoming, TU Alumni visit to go on tours, attend events, and go the homecoming football game. To current TU students, Homecoming means an entire week of activities, including street painting, tailgating, competitions, lectures, performances, and of course, football.
In honor of Homecoming, I wanted to share the TU fight song with you:
Down the Field to victory
On Tulsa on.
Fight on University, Battle on and on.
March to the goal line, oh Tulsa,
Score on mounting score.
March to the goal line, oh Tulsa,
Let the Hurricane roar.
Drive those (opponent) back and back,
On Tulsa on!
Gold, Blue, and Red, go right ahead,
Down the field to victory!
According to the alumni website, this little ditty was written in 1932 by the then Student President, Ben Henneke. They had a contest to see who could write the best fight song. His mother encouraged him to enter, and sure enough, he won the big prize: $25!
Can you imagine? Writing the fight song for your alma mater and having it played and sung by thousands of students and fans for the next 79 years +? Awesome.
You can practice singing the words as you watch the video. If you come to TU, it won’t be long before you are belting them at the top of your lungs.