Events at TU this semester

TU hosts weekly events catered to the students, here’s a list of this week’s events and some to look forward to this semester.

Events this week:

Hurricane Thursday
Prior to the first football game of the season, TU Events is hosting a tailgate for students on the New U. Despite having a zone for tailgating every year, this season TU Events is partnering with the football tailgate to make the event catered more towards the students. TU Events will have a tent with yard games and other activities for students.
Hurricane Thursday is a recurring event that will happen before every home TU football game.

Football Home Opener

In the first game of the 2023 season, the Tulsa Hurricanes will face off against the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions with a 7 p.m. kickoff. This will be the first game with new head coach Kevin Wilson and his new line of coaching staff all hoping to turn the Hurricanes into a winning team. Wilson will be showcasing the quarterback he regained from the transfer portal over the summer, Braylon Braxton.

Students have free access to all the TU sporting events with their student IDs but are not allowed to bring a bag of any kind into the stadium unless it is see-through. Once inside the stadium, head to the student zone, sections 102 and 103.

Staycation Sip ‘n Slide: Friday, 4 p.m.

This year’s staycation event is hosted by a local Tulsa restaurant, Welltown Brewery. The brewery has put on a number of Sip ‘n Slide events before, but this week they’ve paired up with TU Events to bring the party to our campus. On Friday starting at 4 p.m., Sip ‘n Slide will provide multiple canopied pools and 42-foot water slides in the McFarlin parking lot for the 8 hour event.

Accompanying the water activities, there will also be various food trucks from different restaurants and house drinks from Welltown Brewery. Upon nightfall, Sip ‘n Slide will bring out a performer for a concert full of lasers and foam that runs until 12 a.m.

Events to look forward to:

Homecoming Week

This year, homecoming week is scheduled for Nov. 2-5. While there are usually many events throughout the week, the Friday homecoming bonfire has long been the most widely regarded homecoming event. Students can help volunteer to build the bonfire in the week leading up, removing the flowerbeds from the Old U and building a tipi out of wood. The event generally includes fireworks, giveaways and an announcement from the football team about their homecoming game the following Saturday, where the Homecoming King and Queen will be announced.

Monster Mash

Every year, TU holds an off-campus Halloween party at a venue downtown. Open to all ages, there are buses that shuttle students from campus to downtown Tulsa. Inside the venue, there are various activities and giveaways along with special Halloween drinks.

Lights on TU

To distract students from the impending doom of final exams, TU hosts Lights On at the beginning of December to make the campus festive and celebrate the upcoming holidays. Lights are strung all around the Old U and McFarlin Library, and there are always special festivities like gingerbread house-building stations and giveaways.

Post Author: Callie Hummel