Snow Day and Service Day

Mercedes
We had our first snow day but unfortunately it did not result in a snow day from school! Nevertheless the snow made campus even more beautiful than it typically is.  Originally I am from New Jersey so for the majority of my life I got white winters every year, but after living in Arizona for so many years I forgot what it meant to actually have to walk in the snow on your way to class.  It was definitely a nice experience though and I enjoyed watching people have snow ball fights and build snowmen.  I even saw guys building a snow fort outside of the John (John Mabee is the all male dorm) and by the time my class was over i came back outside to see it was even furnished with chairs and all!

The view walking out of the Admissions building!

The view walking out of the Admissions building!

 

McFarlin Library and one of many snowmen!

McFarlin Library and one of many snowmen!

Also last Saturday was service day as someone posted about earlier! I went to an elementary school and the building they are in was a junior high but it was closed for a year and the elementary school just opened.  They have been slowly but surely making a ton of improvements.  It was too cold on Saturday to paint since originally we were going to paint hopscotch patterns outside.  Instead we created a template so when it does warm up a bit they have a good idea of where to paint.  The hopscotch patterns were from the United States, Nigeria, and Great Britain.  I worked on the one from Great Britain with Kerry who lives with me.  Together we made this massive template:

Hopscotch Great Britain style!

Hopscotch Great Britain style!

I was very proud of us!  After that we moved on to cleaning out a storage room and then we joined the others outside and moved lots of dirt in preparation for re-mulching and planting flowers in the spring.  We even had help from some little boys that went to the school and saw us working!  If volunteering is something you’re interested in TU makes it so easy to log some hours!  Plus it is a great feeling knowing you are with 400 of your other classmates all doing some good and giving back to the community!

Keeping Warm in the Winter

Casey Reed
There is a saying in Oklahoma, “If you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes.” Even though we have 4 distinct seasons, each of them is usually interrupted with days of unseasonable weather, giving you a nice break.

Today is a good example. It’s the middle of February and it’s almost 70 degrees outside. Most of our students are wearing shorts. I snapped this shot of a few TU students playing in the fountain outside Collins Hall at 11:30am this morning…

Knowing Oklahoma, it will snow tomorrow.

-Casey Reed

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