10 Things That Only Make Sense At Oklahoma State's Homecoming

10 Things That Only Make Sense At Oklahoma State's Homecoming

It's America's greatest Homecoming.

Well, we've come to the week that everybody loves: Homecoming. Football, parades, events all around campus. Different universities have different traditions, and some things only make sense if you go to a certain school. For Oklahoma State, Homecoming is an incredible week that brings together the whole campus, the city, and people from all around the state. Some things only make sense if you've ever been to Homecoming at Oklahoma State.

1. The Fountain

The first day of homecoming begins when the fountain in front of the library is dyed orange. People gather around and watch as homecoming royalty pour the dye into the fountain to kick off the week of festivities.

2. Football Frenzy

Teams from Greek life come together and compete against one another in football games, to eventually play for the championship at Boone Pickens Stadium.

3. The Walk

For weeks, members of the sororities and fraternities spend many hours and many late nights preparing some of the most elaborate house decorations in the country. All of their hard work is showcased the night before the game, which brings in thousands of people from across the state. When someone thinks of Oklahoma State's Homecoming, they definitely think about the Walkaround.

4. Homecoming and Hoops

After the Walkaround, OSU holds a spirit rally in Gallagher-Iba Arena to prepare students for the upcoming basketball season.

5. Sign Competition

Different organizations, Greek houses, and residential halls come up with designs unique to the Homecoming theme each year to display proudly on Library Lawn all week.

6. Harvest Carnival

While most events that go on during Homecoming week are for students, the Harvest Carnival is just for the kids. It's put on each year by students, with different games for the little ones to enjoy and win prizes.

7. Hester Street Painting

Before every home game, the football team and coaches take a walk along Hester Street into BPS. For Homecoming, students, families, and alumni come together to write encouraging messages for the team to see as they walk into the stadium before the game.

8. Sea of Orange

The Sea of Orange Parade is one of Stillwater's favorite celebrations. Just like with the Walk, thousands of people gather to see different student organizations come together to show off their hard work. The morning of the football game is spent with people lining the streets of Stillwater in anticipation for the game later in the day.

9. Stillwater Strong

One year ago, Stillwater was shaken by a terrible tragedy that was heard around the country. Though it is not part of our Homecoming celebration, it will never be forgotten as we begin to celebrate our school.

10. America's Greatest Homecoming Celebration

Oklahoma State boasts the title of having the best Homecoming celebration in the nation. From the Walk to the parade, nothing brings the University together like Homecoming. So much effort is put into making Homecoming better than the last year, and the students who spend hours perfecting everything deserve all of the credit.

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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Your Comprehensive Guide To The Dos And Don'ts Of Death Valley Saturday Nights

A simple survival guide of how to make it through game days at Louisiana State University.


There is absolutely nothing like an LSU game day, the excitement and thrill of Death Valley are like no other. Whether it's the food you eat while tailgating or the time you spend with your friends, you are guaranteed a good time if there is a home game. But if you are like me, where you haven't grown up going to LSU games and been raised a Tiger fan, you are definitely going to need a few tips to survive and thrive on game days.

Here are the dos and don'ts of Saturday Nights in Death Valley.

1. DO take advantage of tailgating food

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I believe this is one way LSU differs from ANY other school. You don't have to know anyone who tailgates in order to get food! Tiger fans are so proud of their cooking and very eager to share with anyone who would like to try it.

So my advice would be to walk around campus, introduce yourself, and make some friends!

2. DON'T pregame too hard... Instead, hydrate!

This is definitely one of the most important tips I have to offer. Pacing yourself with both food and alcohol while mixing in some bottles of water is a for-sure way of having a great game day! Just remember it's a marathon, not a sprint. You do NOT want to be the one in the stands throwing up or passed out before kick off.

3. DO stick with your game day squad

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Your group should consist of at least two smart, responsible people, or the mom friend as I call it! Definitely make sure your crazy friends don't outnumber the mom friends because we all know how that can be. This group should have a group text to constantly send updates throughout the day. You should also use find my friends with your friends! This is the perfect solution in case you lose a friend, can't hear them on the phone, or if they aren't answering.

SEE ALSO: 95 Thoughts Every LSU Girl Has On Game Day

4. DON'T expect easy parking

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Honestly, it is probably for the best if you didn't drive or bring your car to campus at all on game days. It is almost impossible to find a legal parking spot, there is security always waiting to tow or give someone a ticket, and there are so many roads blocked off it makes getting to your destination very difficult. So if you're living off campus, maybe stay with a friend who is living on campus the night before. If you are living on campus, definitely don't move your car!

5. DO make sure your phone is charged at ALL times

Your phone basically has your whole life on it. This is your key to knowing where you are going, where your friends are, and other important information to surviving your game day. My advice would be when you leave to go tailgate, make sure your phone is at 100%!

I would also carry a portable charger if possible. You tend to use your phone a lot on game days. Whether it's finding your family's tailgate spot or keeping up with your crazy friend, you need your phone to communicate! A portable charger is a great back up plan to keeping your game day running smoothly.

6. DON'T wear uncomfortable shoes

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I'm not saying you should totally forget about fashion, but LSU is a huge campus. Be cute and practical! A bad shoe decision can destroy an entire game day. If you combine drinking and bad shoes, this could be a mess and your chances of even making it to the game are at risk.

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