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Tailgate teachings: Students learn to how to get involved in OSU Homecomings

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Homecoming celebrates the alumni coming home, the Oklahoma State alumni center and the OSU Residence Hall Association (RHA) decided to get together and celebrate the students who are still home by throwing a tailgate Monday, at Kerr-Drummond Plaza. 

Homecoming is a big celebration for OSU, and one of the main goals is to let the students be a part of it. Some freshmen do not know how to help with future Homecomings, and events like this aim to provide an opportunity to get those students plugged in. At the tailgate, members of the alumni center and RHA visited with students who had an opportunity to learn and understand how to get involved. 

Among hundreds of students, the event featured free food, corn holes competitions, free prizes and perfect weather that made the school spirit shine brighter. Also, Pistol Pete attended the event, attracting people who wanted a photo with the famous mascot.

Homecoming adviser, Becca Emgarten, graduated from OSU in 2007, and could not help but describe how proud she was of the students getting involved and of the school she graduated from. Organizing a tailgate for hundreds of people can be challenging, but to Emgarten, it was nothing but fun.

“This event was a fun one to organize,” Emgarten said. “It’s an opportunity to mingle with people, bring out our Homecoming royalty, the candidates, and the queen and king. The coolest thing about it is being able to include everybody and prepare for the rest of the week.”

As the minutes went by, the event started to get busier and busier. Students look excited to have something for their own entertainment on a Monday evening, and even more excited being able to celebrate being a cowboy in such an awaited week. 

Kennedy Schenkel, a senior at OSU, said she absolutely loves Homecoming week. While working at one of the stands, she happily gave out some free treats for the students stopping by while finally celebrating the 100th year of Homecoming. 

“Everything has always been so fast-paced. Last year, because of COVID everything was slow and impossible to happen,” Schenkel said. “I think it was good that we didn’t celebrate the 100th homecoming last year because this is a big celebration and deserves all the tailgates, amazing events and glory that comes with it.”