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Traditions provide a sense of campus unity

Traditions provide a sense of campus unity

Sky Barron, Reporter

March 13, 2019

Whether students are walking from class to class, future Mustangs are touring the campus or visitors are just driving by, the history and traditions of Midwestern State University are shown through the statues, street names, and the bricks on the buildings. The campus was founded in 1922 as a local...

Homecoming tradition goes up in flames

Homecoming tradition goes up in flames

Luke Bryant, reporter

October 28, 2018

Ten gallons of gasoline, well over 500 people and around 90 shirts burned. Nocona Trail south parking lot went up in flames once again for the homecoming bonfire. Whether they were there for the atmosphere, the people, or the fire, everyone experienced the tradition that has taken place as far ba...

Traditions contribute to campus life

Traditions contribute to campus life

Ryane Hatten

May 12, 2018

From its beginnings in 1922 as a junior college housed within a high school building, Midwestern State University has become a campus of 255 acres and 70 buildings. The university offers a variety of academic programs in liberal and fine arts, mathematics, sciences, business and applied sciences. Whether...

Even the homecoming bonfire impacts the environment

Even the homecoming bonfire impacts the environment

Shannon Doss, Reporter

October 25, 2017

It's a chilly night in late October. A crowd gathers around a huge pile of wood with T-shirts from other schools pinned up on the stack. As the crowd grows, soft whispers can be heard about how big and hot the bonfire will be this year. Then, finally, a line of eight flaming torches can be seen in the...

450 flames light torch parade

450 flames light torch parade

Devin Field

October 20, 2017

Campus streets radiated with the warm light of 450 torches held by students, faculty and staff as they marched toward the annual bonfire on Oct. 19 as part of homecoming festivities. Student organizations took part in presenting the final round of the lip-sync competition, where Alpha Psi Omega, the ...

Freshman: ‘This is my first bonfire and I expect it to be lit’

Freshman: ‘This is my first bonfire and I expect it to be lit’

Herbert McCullough

October 20, 2017

The Office of Student Development and Orientation faculty members organized the bonfire on Oct. 19 as part of homecoming week. Under this, students donated a shirt of another college that was burned. Mario Ramirez, interim director of student involvement, said not all the shirts donated were burne...

Homecoming bonfire to bring excitement to campus

Homecoming bonfire to bring excitement to campus

Rockelle Gholson

October 18, 2017

Nothing but darkness and heat will beam on the faces of students participating in this week's homecoming annual bonfire at Nocono Trail South Parking Lot at 9:15 p.m. "This is the funnest part of homecoming week. We get to bring our old college shirts that we don't want anymore and burn the h...

Turnout huge for annual bonfire

Turnout huge for annual bonfire

Samuel Sutton

November 3, 2015

Fire, tradition, and school spirit - just some of the highlights of the Homecoming bonfire. The turnout was huge, just like Kevin Bazner, the assistant director of Student Development and Orientation, predicted. "Since there are more people living on campus this year, I think we will have a muc...

‘Biggest turnout’ expected at bonfire

‘Biggest turnout’ expected at bonfire

Kara McIntyre

October 28, 2015

As tradition goes, the annual homecoming bonfire will commence on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 9:15 p.m. in the parking lots by D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Each year, MSU students are asked to donate their college T-shirts from other schools to be burned in the bonfire in exchange for an exclusive MSU bonfire T-sh...

First student homecoming committee forming for fall 2014

Mandi Elrod

April 22, 2014

Homecoming is one of the biggest student activities from high school to college, and last semester was the first time that an actual committee of students was created to plan the event. Before that, the office of Student Development and Orientation planned the entire thing. "I really want this committee...

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