When the fountain is dyed orange, it means only one thing.
It’s time for homecoming.
The celebration of “America’s Greatest Homecoming” brings many events to Oklahoma State University’s campus, and students and alumni can take part in them throughout the week.
The festivities start Monday when OSU’s Campus Life hosts its annual Res Life Tailgate between 5 and 7 p.m. at the Kerr‑Drummond Plaza. The tailgate will promote residential hall unity and spirit during homecoming. The students who attend the event can enjoy music, food, games and chances to win door prizes.
Wednesday, the Cowboy family can show its support for the football team and paint Hester Street with encouraging words and drawings. These paintings will decorate the street along the last leg of the Spirit Walk as the Cowboys head to Boone Pickens Stadium before the game. The road painting will take place at 5 p.m.
Later that night, the Seretean Center will host Nobuntu. Nobuntu is a five-part a cappella vocal ensemble made up of young women from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The women will fuse traditional Zimbabwean rooted music, Afro Jazz, gospel and crossover with minimalistic percussion. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students. The performance starts at 8 p.m.
Thursday, the Diversity Hall of Fame will induct five members. These people are former and current OSU staff and professors who contributed to the advancement of diversity and inclusion at OSU. The induction will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center.
Also, on Thursday, people can get into the Halloween spirit with a performance from the OSU Symphony Orchestra in the Seretean Center. Attendees can listen to music from “Harry Potter,” “Jurassic Park,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Wicked!”
Before the event, the orchestra will have an instrument petting zoo. The Halloween Pops concert will include a costume contest with awards handed out to the cutest, scariest and most original costumes. The instrument petting zoo will begin at 7 p.m., and the concert will start at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $10, and tickets are $7 for students and seniors.
Students and alumni can see the fraternities' and sororities’ hard work as they take part in the oldest homecoming tradition, Walkaround. People can tour Greek Row and look at the house displays made of tissue paper. Attendees can vote for their favorite house decorations. The results are revealed at halftime of the football game Saturday.
After Walkaround, OSU fans can fill Gallagher-Iba Arena to cheer on the football team and get a preview of the men’s and women’s basketball teams at the 12th annual Homecoming and Hoops. Spirit awards for the Library Lawn sign competition and the Res Life decoration competition are presented as part of the event. Previously at Homecoming and Hoops, a wrestling match between two coaches broke out, and Mike Gundy and Mason Rudolph took their shirts off in front of the crowd. The event will begin at 9 p.m. Admission is free to the public.