It’s a dreaded night for some, but it's a tradition many students involved in Greek life will reminisce upon.
All Night Pomp started Thursday, the day before Walkaround, and Oklahoma State students put the finishing touches on their house decorations.
This sleepless marathon is a time in which the fraternities and sororities spend all night perfecting their displays for spectators to view during Walkaround the next day. Alumni, students and the community get to see the finished displays the houses have spent weeks on.
Sororities work on finishing details of the displays while the fraternities take pieces of what’s been completed and put it on the structures made they made weeks ago.
It is another homecoming tradition, and some have conflicting feelings toward the grueling, night-long work. For Carly Nicklas, a member of Pi Beta Phi and marketing and management senior, All Night Pomp is an enjoyable tradition.
“I honestly do really like it,” Nicklas said. “I’ve been doing it for four years and every year I’m very involved in it. I like staying outside, helping with all the mechanics and hanging everything up.”
Others like Hadley Nixon, a member of Alpha Omicron Pi and general business freshman, said they have differing feelings toward the tradition.
“I don’t think anyone likes losing sleep, but I think once I see the completed design at Walkaround it’ll be worth it,” Nixon said.
Members of the Greek community said they All Night Pomp as a big tradition themselves and residential halls join in. Stout, Parker and Wentz and all the Villages were among the few halls that pomped all night to get their floats ready for the Sea of Orange Parade on Saturday morning.
Management information systems junior and Stout resident, Aaron Carmichael talked about the tradition and what it means for residential life.
“Greek life does quite literal all night pomping and on our end we call it all night pomping, but it’s not quite all night,” Carmichael said. “Last year was later than usual. We ended at like 5 in the morning, but this time around at the rate we’re going, hopefully we will be done before that.”
As homecoming draws closer to an end, Carmichael said he has become more of a leader figure this time around. The past two years he has served as a someone there to do grunt work, but this year he has taken on the challenge of directing the float and delegating people to specific tasks along with Krista Eldridge, a nursing sophomore.
For the final stretch of homecoming, all the Greek life houses, residential halls and organizations taking part, want the community to enjoy the designs that they spent time on.
“Being able to see all the hours that went into this creation and to admire the design is what we want people to take from our float,” Carmichael said. “I really like how simple our design is. It’s very whimsical and it’s space, everybody loves space.”
The same goes for Pi Beta Phi and Kappa Sigma, which have been paired up for homecoming.
Homecoming requires countless hours for all those who choose to be involved in it, but it’s for the future, current and returning cowboys to think about their time at OSU. There is a reason why it’s called America’s Greatest Homecoming.
“I want them to see how much work we’ve put into this and how passionate a lot of us are about this,” Nicklas said. “Yeah it is just sticking tissue paper into a chicken wire, but it means a lot. We put our hearts and basically our blood, sweat and tears into this thing.”