Tailgating with CHSS!

CHSS Tailgating

Jessica Cuevas

This past weekend, the LEAP Ambassadors and Erin Juarez showed their Bearkat spirit by volunteering at the tailgate for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) Tent with Mrs. Deanna Briones, CHSS Community Relations Coordinator. During the tailgate we handed out snacks and free t-shirts from the College, while also enjoying our time with students, alumni, and football fans!

Although we arrived an hour early, there were football fans (and swag fans) there even earlier. We held them off until the official tailgating kick-off time, however, fearing that we would run out of items (especially the ever-popular t-shirts) if we opened too early.

Once it was noon, there were hundreds of students with their families–it was family weekend–wandering around, going from tent to tent to snag up goodies.

When they saw that we were handing out t-shirts, people quickly lined up to get their shirts before we ran out. They came in big waves, and it was chaotic. Meanwhile, at our second tent, there was much less commotion. Apparently, not everyone is as excited about free snacks, especially since almost every tent gave away free snacks.

After an hour, we had run out of all sizes in shirts except for a few size smalls, but we soon handed them out to kids and other students who wanted one. The snacks consisted of chips, candy, and granola bars.

Mrs. Briones, encouraged us to walk around and see the tailgating action when there wasn’t a big wave of people. And, of course, that meant we could also collect some goodies for ourselves. There were so many options that we all had a little bit of everything, pizza, hamburgers, hotdogs, and more. We also got a look at all the spirit festivities of the day.

Yvette was also interviewed by students claiming to be affiliated with a radio station, or perhaps a podcast, it wasn’t entirely clear. Perhaps it was just a curious student, interested in others’ opinions. Yvette predicted a BearKat victory.

As it was nearing game time, the tailgate came to an end with a lively presentation from the marching band, cheerleaders, twirlers, and the orange pride dance team.

By the end of our tailgating day, we were encouraging people to take as much of the snacks as they wanted, and a few people obliged!

We were happy to see the snacks go to a good home, happy that people had fun, and happy to volunteer for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences–which has provided us with a great education and many opportunities.

We would like to thank Mrs. Deanna Briones for giving us the opportunity to help CHSS. And to end such an amazing day, the Bearkats played hard against Lamar’s Cardinals and won 41-7!

Author: mikeyawn

Mike Yawn teaches at Sam Houston State University. In the past few years, he has taught courses on Politics & Film, Public Policy, the Presidency, Media & Politics, Congress, Statistics, Research & Writing, Field Research, and Public Opinion. He has published academic papers in the Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, Social Security Quarterly, Film & History, American Politics Review, and contributed a chapter to the textbook Politics and Film. He also contributes columns, news analysis, and news stories to newspapers such as the Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express News, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Stamford Advocate, Greenwich Time, Huron Daily Tribune, Laredo Morning Times, Beaumont Enterprise, Connecticut Post, and Midland Reporter Telegram. Yawn is also active in his local community, serving on the board of directors of the local YMCA and Friends of the Wynne. Previously, he served on the Huntsville's Promise and Stan Musial World Series Boards of Directors. In 2007-2008, Yawn was one of eight scholars across the nation named as a Carnegie Civic Engagement Scholar by the Carnegie Foundation.

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