Student Activities Hosts a 'Firework' Fest
Published: Friday, November 1, 2013
Updated: Friday, November 1, 2013 22:11
Just a day after the takeover of the Lowman Student Center festivities, Student Activities hosted this year’s Firefest in honor of the Battle of the Piney Woods this past Thursday from 7p.m. to 10 p.m.
If all goes as planned there would be a bonfire following a few words from the current president of SHSU and/or from selected officials. After assembling around a stage a heard a few people speak, students were asked to look over their shoulders only to witness a lengthy firework show. The original setup for firewood for the bonfire was present, but no there was no bonfire.
This was not the first time the bonfire was cancelled. In years past, the mother-nature (weather) has hindered the tradition from taking full effect. Brandon Cooper, Associate Director of Student Activities, explained why the bonfire was not possible this year:” We had to pick it up to the parking lot; the field was too wet,” said Cooper. He also mentioned that the trucks needed to bring in all the firewood would get stuck in the mud. The ground was soaked enough to turn the bonfire into mere smoke.
Upon arrival, students had to walk across intramural field three (or rather on its sidewalk) to get to Bowers parking lot. There were tents setup with multiple festivities: caricature drawings, and a blow-up obstacle course. The Center for Leadership and Service gave out free t-shirts to those with a donation of one canned good. All food proceeds go to local families in need of a good meal.
Firefest, an event meant to be a pep rally typically doubles as a place to meet SHSU football team and witness the award winning Orange Pride. Orange Pride danced alongside the cheerleaders, and a few band members to a song heard many times in Huntsville’s bars: The K-Wang by Khia.
President Dana Gibson spoke about “Sam Switch” where a student entered to win a chance to switch places with the president for a day. President Gibson also encouraged students to attend Sam Houston State’s football game: “That was a fun thing for this week. A great thing for the end of the week is that that Reliant game with the Battle of the Piney Woods and we are gonna bring home that trophy once again,” she said.
The women’s basketball team, stepped up to speak. Their game against Mary Hardin- Baylor will be this Saturday at 6 p.m. ; The game falls on the same day as Battle of the Piney Woods, but three hours earlier at 3 p.m. Perhaps a good number of people will head back to Huntsville to show up and give the women’s basketball team a little support.