About 170 sophomores on the HSU campus will have their hands dyed with a purple-stain, Thursday, September 20, 2012. Second-year HSU students will plunge their hands into bowls filled with a mysterious dark purple concoction.
The fifth annual Sophomore Event is expected to reel in almost 70% of all sophomores for a Chick-fil-A lunch and the opportunity to take home a prize resting at the bottom of the purple slurry-filled bowls.
The event is held on the Anderson Lawn near the fire hydrant by the pond, which marks the grave of Cowboy mascot, Fritz. The bulldog grew up with the class of 1920, better known as Dam-It (don’t ask), so it seemed the pond-side grave area makes for a perfect stage for establishing the tradition of allegiance to the university.
Sophomores wait in line to see what the purple viscous is all about. At the bottom, students brave enough to take the plunge, discover a keychain with a mock senior ring attached. The idea is to slip your forefinger through the keychain and bring it out dangling in the classic Cowboy-gun hand sign.
“The event is to remind sophomores that if they stay focused, they will get a real class ring as a gift from the university just before they graduate,” says Britt Jones HSU director of alumni relations. “The keychain serves as is a symbol of their eventual graduation.”
By the way, the recipe for the mysterious cocktail is so secret that it is kept locked in a vault in Britt Jones’ alumni office. (Not really, but she says the recipe is a secret!)
Thursday, September 20, 2012
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (come and go)
Come meet us @ Dam-It's Grave for "treats & rewards"
Lunch provided by Chick-Fil-A (free with participation)
Door prizes given away @ 12:45 p.m.
Schedule of Events:
Check-in @ 11:30 a.m.
Sophomore DYE @ 11:45 a.m.
Lunch @ 12:00 p.m.*
Door Prizes @ 12:45 p.m.