Tuesday with Tulsa: TU Spirit

Today’s Tuesday With Tulsa blog post comes from Oriana A, a junior marketing major from Tulsa and member of the TU Spirit Squad.

What I love about sports is not the refs, trick plays, slam dunks or cheerleaders (even though I am on the Spirit Squad), it’s the fans. There is nothing quite as exciting as being in a huge stadium like the Reynolds Center and hearing the student section stomping and yelling for the Golden Hurricane basketball team. For being the smallest division 1 school, we make a lot of noise. We even have a new head coach, Danny Manning, who has taken our team to a new level. This past Saturday, the Spirit Squad (comprised of Pom, Cheer and Mascot) organized a flash mob for the student section to perform at halftime. Students came dressed for the occasion and breezed through Gang’em style, YMCA and the Harlem Shake as if they had been preparing for this performance all season (in reality we only had 1 practice!). The performance turned out to be just what the basketball team needed to come back from a 30 point deficit and win the game!

 I have been on the Spirit Squad for 3 years and this flash mob will always be one of my favorite memories. Another favorite memory was going to (and winning!) the Liberty Bowl in Memphis on New Year’s Eve. Even cold and raining weather couldn’t keep us down!  I graduate in May, 2014 and hope that my senior year brings another Liberty Bowl win as well as a Basketball CUSA Championship.

February Part 1

The weather never ceases to amaze me in my lifetime of living in Oklahoma. This past weekend we had freezing rain and snow. But as soon as it came, it was over and temperatures soared back to mid-50s. I still think there’s a good chance for at least one big snow before winter is over…we’ll see.

Saturday was the TU Men’s basketball game against Houston. We stomped the floor with them, score of 72-48! And the final game was held for the Tri-Delta “Hoops for Hope” philanthropy (supports St. Jude’s Cancer Research Hospital.)  It was a pretty intense match-up, even if it was for philanthropy!

The Grammy Awards was also hosted this past weekend. It really did feel weird with the news of Whitney Houston, but as they say “The show must go on.”  And Adele deserved all 6 Grammys. She’s definitely one for Gaga to keep an eye on.haha

Cheers TU!

 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!