That’s a Wrap: Highlights from the Fall 2023 Semester

That’s a Wrap: Highlights from the Fall 2023 Semester

The Fall semester is over and Christmas break is finally here! Let’s look back on some of the memories made this semester. 

The semester started strong with the New Student Institute (NSI), where incoming students learned where their classes were and got to meet their classmates before classes started. During this time, new students got to enjoy games, dances, and fellowship together.

To kick off the school year, the Social Life team put together the Back to School Bash to celebrate the grand opening of the new Crimson Corner. Students enjoyed volleyball, yard games, rock painting, and community with one another before classes began.

In September, the Community Relations team hosted a two-week water tag event called Wet Bandits. Students, staff, and faculty spent those two weeks trying to tag their assigned target, with the hope of not getting tagged themselves. Elijah Estes won after a “shootout” with the remaining five players.

The Sports and Rec team hosted Fanatics Weekend the last week of September, enjoying home soccer, volleyball, and football games, as well as the annual dodgeball tournament in Broadhurst. The winning team, the Care Bears, won gift cards and sports and rec shirts.

October started with the first dance of the year, a silent disco at the top of the Founders Tower. Students got down on the dance floor with friends while enjoying Crumble Cookies and board games. Evan Rader, a freshman engineering major, said Fall Disco was his favorite event of the year because of the awesome venue and great food.

For Halloween, students served the community of Bethany by putting on Fall Fest, a trunk-or-treat event in the Commons parking lot. Families from around the Bethany area got to enjoy family-friendly trunks and carnival games to celebrate the spooky season.

Homecoming is a staple of November, and this year did not disappoint. Students enjoyed a hoedown dance at the Harn Homestead in downtown OKC, with festive snacks and a mechanical bull. Howdy Homecoming was freshman biology-chemistry major, Lillian Savage’s, favorite event of the year. “Every SINGLE detail was so creative… the DJ, the bull, the food, and the outside games… I was genuinely so impressed.”

The men’s basketball team won their home opener homecoming weekend in an intense last quarter, winning by two points in the last minute. The winning streak didn’t end there, as students got to celebrate the last home football game of the season in a dominating match against Oklahoma Baptist, winning by a strong lead of 49 to 21.

To end the semester, the SALT Creative team and the Community Relations team hosted a Christmas party on December 1st that was full of fun. There was ornament making, cookie decorating, caricature drawings, a food truck, and even an Elf on the Shelf game.

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