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Orange Reflection offers campus involvement for students

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Orange Reflection

Patchin Hall used participated in Orange Reflection.

On Thursday, Oklahoma State's Orange Reflection contest occurred at 9 p.m. to midnight against participating Residential Halls. 

Hosted by the Housing and Residential Life staff, the annual Homecoming event is a competition with participating Residential Halls where they use varying orange decorations in creative ways to decorate the hall buildings. 

Tanya Massey, the Assistant Director of Housing and Residential Life said students use a variance of different supplies when decorating the residential halls. Supplies may include, but are not limited to, orange lights, orange paper, decorations, signage, glow sticks, etc. These decorations are a good way to get into the Homecoming spirit, according to Massey.

Patchin and Jones, and Stinchcomb Halls did this through their participation in this year’s Orange Reflection.

“For residents in the halls, involvement in homecoming is all on a volunteer basis and all halls are not required to participate,” Massey said. “So when they do, it is a great way to show they are a viable part of the cowboy family.”

The lights stay on the nights of Thursday and Friday. This allows opportunity for students, faculty, Stillwater community and OSU alumni to view the decorated hall buildings. 

LeAnne Hutchins, the ​Interim Assistant Director for Residential Living, enjoys this about the Orange Reflection. She says Orange Reflection is a way for students to get involved with the Homecoming festivities. In addition to this, Hutchins said her favorite part is seeing all of the orange throughout the residential halls. 

“Seeing each hall's interpretation of what Orange Reflection means to them shares unique creativity,” Hutchins said.

Along with displays of creativity, the Orange Reflection event allows for OSU students, faculty, alumni and members of the Stillwater community to celebrate.

“Orange Reflection in the Residence Halls is an important event in Homecoming because it allows students and residents to participate in OSU's Homecoming festivities regardless of their club/organizational involvement,” Hutchins said.

Alongside this it is a celebratory event where the community can come together for Homecoming and to view the decorations.

Chase Parker, chemical engineering junior, said, “I had never been to the Orange Reflection until this year, but I’m glad I went because all of the orange lights really put me in the spirit of Homecoming.” 

The Orange Reflection is more than just decorations, the halls are judged by the Homecoming Royalty Court, and the winner of the contest is announced on Thursday night.