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Torchlight Parade and Bonfire tradition continues

Dariana Garza and Alyssa Mitchell October 19, 2019

Heat. Fire. Music and over 400 hundred torch-wielding students attended the annual Torchlight Parade and Bonfire Oct. 18 at 9 p.m. With spirits high and plenty of rival school t-shirts to burn Nacona...

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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...

TSU sign burning during the Bonfire.

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...


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...


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...

Joshua Luffman, psychology sophomore, and Courtney Lawrence, dental hygiene sophomore, walk in the torch parade. Photo by Bradley Wilson

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...

Addison Semer, mass communication senior, and Leah Lychock, exercise physiology senior, light the homecoming bonfire Oct. 19, 2017. Photo by Rachel Johnson

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...

Head football coach Bill Maskill lights the bonfire on Oct. 27, 2016. File photo by Izziel Latour

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...

The cross country team carries their torches in the torchlight parade, an event part of Homecoming week, starting on Comanche Trail by the Daniel building, Oct. 29. Photo by Rachel Johnson

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,...


‘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...

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...

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