Red Dirt Roundup brings staff, students and faculty together

Music, food: Residential halls aim to foster friendship among students

By Dana Choi, Editor-in-Chief
On November 10, 2011

  • Sophomore Jarvis Motte tries to hang on the the mechanical bull at the Red Dirt Roundup on Friday, Nov. 4. Mark McDaniel

Live music, a mechanical bull, and a chili cook off were some of the attractions featured Friday at the 6th annual Red Dirt Roundup.

Carr Hall, Centennial Village and Housing and Residential Programs revived the event this year. It was held at the Centennial Village courtyard from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Students, faculty, staff and some community members attended the event, where the local band Bryce Jones & the Bad Decisions performed.

Volunteers from Fort Concho, dressed in Fort Concho attire, brought a cannon, which fired about four times throughout the evening.

"It was a bit of a surprise when the cannon would go off, but definitely cool," junior Mason Rusk said.

Student organizations, such as Block & Bridle and Phi Alpha Theta, and individuals participated in the chili cook-off. Stuart Lickteig, associate director of Housing and Residential Programs, took first place. Area coordinator Travis Taylor took second.

Student organizations, such as Block & Bridle and Phi Alpha Theta, and individuals participated in the chili cook-off. Stuart Lickteig, associate director of Housing and Residential Programs, took first place. Area coordinator Travis Taylor took second.

"I entered to help get some exposure [for my organization] because it helps students get to know the different organizations on campus," graduate student Kerry Buchanan said.

Block & Bride members gave roping lessons by showing how to rope calf dummies, Blaney said.

The mechanical bull, from Rocking H Entertainment located in Rockdale, Texas, was a success, Blaney said.

Housing and Residential Programs funded the event, Blaney said.

Each residential area is required to organize an event such as Red Dirt Roundup, Blaney said, but it is also a tradition.

"It's something you want to do to help residents to get to know each other and come together as a community," she said.

Planning for the event started early, during the summer, Blaney said. She said she and Student Hall Director Desiree Garcia had to find the mechanical bull and book a band. When the students and resident assistants arrived, they helped with the fine details, which include advertising, she said.

Many students came to the event to hang out with friends and watch people take a shot at the mechanical bull, freshmen Matthew Ryans said.

Other activities at the event were bandana-decorating and bean bag toss.


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