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In the span of 11 days in the middle of February, UT rose to the forefront of one of the country’s most divisive controversies surrounding university culture.

On Feb. 7, a now-infamous party took place at the Fiji house north of campus, instigating demonstrations, investigations and embarrassing headlines that spread across the world.

And on Feb. 18, Student Government President-elect Xavier Rotnofsky and Vice President-elect Rohit Mandalapu extended the criticism of UT’s social organizations a few blocks west of the Fiji house with a single sarcastic line in their first campaign video: “I want another Student Government president from Tejas.”

In the month that’s followed, discussions over the role that social organizations play in UT campus life have intensified. There are still protests against Fiji, SAE is under investigation for its own possible discriminatory customs and an SG election was framed almost exclusively around whether Greek and spirit organizations wield too much power.

There are obviously some very stark differences between the debate over fraternities, both at UT and nationally, and that over spirit groups at this University in particular. The former group carries connotations of misogyny and intolerance, justified or not; those same connotations are virtually nonexistent among the latter. And spirit groups at least ostensibly choose their members based on characteristics like service and leadership, while there’s a huge variation in selection criteria across different fraternities.

As a case in point, it’s ironic how the particular organization Rotnofsky and Mandalapu poked at is among UT’s best at not emulating Fiji’s example when it comes to race and elitism — the Tejas Club’s most recent New Man class, to use the group’s terminology, roughly mirrored the demographics of the University overall, and the Tejas Coffee distinguished speaker series provides the UT community with access to prominent leaders in a remarkable array of different fields.

Still, when every Executive Alliance this decade has featured at least one member of either Tejas or the female service group Orange Jackets (with the exception of 2012’s Thor Lund and Wills Brown, both of whom were in fraternities), it’s easy to see how this year’s Travesty duo were so successful in painting SG as a group that revolves around the interests of a select few organizations. In that regard, discussions over both Greek life and more explicitly merit-based social organizations revolve around the same central premises: exclusivity and the privileges encased therein.

Within Greek organizations, those privileges often manifest themselves as extensive alumni networks, which make any selection criteria based primarily on characteristics as innate as race, class or connections inherently problematic. But even spirit groups are capable of arbitrarily and sometimes wrongly leaving intelligent and capable voices out of their ranks. That exclusivity might be necessary to maintain a group’s legitimacy as a merit-based organization, but it’s worrisome how quickly it can become insular, which is why this year’s nontraditional Student Government campaign was so effective.

At the same time, outright antagonism toward exclusive groups of any affiliation strikes me as misguided. Elitism isn’t institutionalized in high school cafeterias or cubicle-adjacent water coolers, but it doesn’t take an avid fan of “Mean Girls” or “The Office” to notice that it still arises naturally. 

So just as UT’s musicians and top-tier athletes would find each other even without organized bands or sports teams, those attracted to Greek organizations would congregate into groups that look awfully similar to fraternities and sororities, while those attracted to service, school spirit or networking would wind up forming de facto spirit groups with their like-minded peers. Indeed, one reason Tejas and Orange Jackets have had such an influential history within Student Government is that all three institutions attract similar types of students by serving as training grounds for young leaders.

That’s not a problem. That’s freedom of association.

What is a problem is any organization viewing its selection process as the ultimate word on who does and does not deserve access to powerful positions or networking opportunities. In groups that select their members based on qualities other than merit, that type of exclusivity undermines the equality of opportunity for which universities are supposed to stand. And in groups that do select based on merit, it can stifle the exchange of ideas between qualified non-members and influential members.

To avoid those kinds of scenarios, organizations of all stripes should promote openness and inclusivity just as strongly as they do service, leadership, friendship or any other foundational principle. That’s the strongest path toward making UT welcoming and its institutions accountable to all of its 50,000-plus students.

Shenhar is a Plan II, government and economics sophomore from Westport, Connecticut. He writes about campus and education issues. Follow Shenhar on Twitter @jshenhar.

During the past academic year, former Student Body President Thor Lund and former Student Body Vice President Wills Brown have accomplished many successful developments throughout the UT campus. They were succeeded in office by the current president Horacio Villarreal and vice president Ugeo Williams.

Photo Credit: Becca Gamache | Daily Texan Staff

Thor Lund and Wills Brown said they ended their year in charge of Student Government with extended student services and a more visible Student Government.

“I have no regrets,” Lund said. “We did everything we wanted to and more.” 

When Lund and Brown ran for office last year, they planned to improve student life by extending night hours on campus for libraries and food vendors, increasing safety measures on and off campus and making Student Government more transparent. 

Lund said the initiatives they planned effected more students’ everyday lives and helped show what SG can do for the campus. 

“One of the most rewarding things is to see the fruits of your labor and the smiles of Longhorns,” Lund said. 

Several of the initiatives they campaigned for have become permanent additions, including 24-hour access to the Perry-Castaneda Library and the State of the 40 Acres address, a YouTube address that will be aired at least four times a school year.

Lund and Brown said they hope SG can continue working toward initiatives they could not fully execute, including extending shuttle bus service hours for the North Campus and the Riverside areas. 

“That was obviously something we couldn’t accomplish in just one year,” Brown said. “We’re hoping Horacio and Ugeo will want to continue with that and take the next step to make that happen.”

Lund said current President Horacio Villarreal and Vice President Ugeo Williams, who took office April 2, have already said they want to continue what Lund and Brown started and bring fresh ideas to benefit students.

“Horacio and Ugeo have good ideas and as they grow into their roles they are starting to understand more about their roles and their ideas,” Lund said.

Villarreal said Lund and Brown made a significant impact on SG and on campus.

“Thor and Wills had a vision when they took office and they worked tirelessly to made that vision a reality,” Villarreal said. “There is an obvious [similarity] to many of the initiatives that we’re implemented so we’ll do what we need to do to continue their legacy. We’ve got big shoes to fill.”

As for their futures, Brown said he will join Teach for America after graduating in May, while Lund said he will be on campus for one last semester in the fall. The two have been friends since third grade.

“It’ll definitely be weird not seeing Thor every day, but I’ll just be an hour down the road in San Antonio,” Brown said. “Also, when we’re both in grad school at UT in a couple years, we’ll just run for GSA president and vice president, or heck, maybe even SG president and vice president again, so we’ll be back.”

Printed on Thursday, April 11, 2013 as Lund, Brown reflect on legacy 

New student body president Horacio Villarreal was sworn into office Tuesday evening by former president Thor Lund. Villarreal and new vice president Ugeo Williams plan to implement initiatives such as upper division tutoring in the Sanger Learning Center and introduce more police call boxes in the north campus and Riverside areas.

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Newly elected Student Government President Horacio Villarreal and Vice President Ugeo Williams took their new positions at Tuesday’s General Assembly meeting.

Villarreal, a history senior, and Williams, a sociology and education senior, are replacing previous Student Government President Thor Lund and Vice President Wills Brown.

Villarreal said he was excited to start working toward initiatives and programs for which they campaigned.

“We’ve already been meeting with so many people on campus for the last few weeks, this just makes it official,” Villarreal said. “We’re ready to get started.”

The executive alliance campaigned with plans to strengthen the organization’s connection to the Senate of College Councils and the Graduate Student Assembly, as well as connecting with more students and organizations to better voice the opinions of the student body.

They also plan to provide upper-division tutoring at the Sanger Learning Center, pair incoming and transfer students with upperclassmen mentors and improve safety for students living in north campus and in the Riverside area by introducing more police call boxes.

The newly elected college and university-wide representatives also selected committee chairs in addition to taking their new positions.

Williams said the executive alliance plans to individually review the campaign platforms of the new Student Government representatives.

“I‘m just getting to know everyone and meeting with everyone one-on-one,” Williams said. “Since we are going to be working closely, I want to make sure I get along with everyone.”

Villarreal and Williams were elected Feb. 28, in a campus-wide election, winning 53 percent of the vote. Villarreal is a former University-wide representative and Williams is a former College of Education representative.

Brown said he and Lund are glad to pass on the control of Student Government to Villarreal and Williams.

“I have full faith in Horacio and Ugeo and believe they’ll do a great job,” Brown said. “They’re both stand-up guys who truly do care about this university and are ready to serve day-in and day-out. I’m very happy to be passing on the torch to these two awesome friends of mine.”

RTF sophomore Luke Swinney works in the TSTV control room as they kickoff 24Seven on Sunday evening. The fundraising event will run for 168 consecutive hours, pulling in nearly 200 volunteers as well as airing online and on television.

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Nearly 200 volunteers at Texas Student Television plan to go beyond the standard 40-hour work week to produce 168 consecutive hours of live content for an annual broadcast and fundraising event.

24Seven started Sunday at 7 p.m. in the Unofficial Zach Anner Studio. For an entire week, TSTV will place continual live content on air that includes programming such as a cereal show, girl talk, the Newlywed Show, student organization shows including Student Body President Thor Lund and Vice President Wills Brown and a late night talk show, as well as regularly scheduled shows like KVR News and Videogame Hour Live.

Rebecca Rushworth, station manager and Radio-Television-Film senior, said 24Seven and all programming on TSTV is the culmination of hard-working individuals who volunteer their time and effort to help produce shows all while going to class and learning at UT.

“The purpose of the event is to show that our volunteers are working hard to maintain the standard of being the only Federal Communications Commission licensed entirely student-run station in the country,” Rushworth said. “Part of being entirely student run is that we support ourselves along with some very appreciated support from the Student Services Budget Committee.”

24Seven raised approximately $1,500 last year, Rushworthsaid . She said the event began in 2008 as a fundraiser to purchase the station’s digital antenna but did not become an annual event until Spring 2012. 

In his second year as a volunteer for 24Seven, journalism junior and TSTV assistant news director Jon Scott said producing 168 hours of consecutive live content can get pretty crazy.

“We have people at the station all the time,” Scott said. “We have to. People sleep at the station. Someone has to be on camera at all times.”

Scott said he will spend around 20 hours on air throughout 24Seven, but not consecutively.

“Last year, I actually had to register for fall classes on camera at 8 a.m.,” Scott said.

Journalism senior and TSTV sports director Alexandra Stockwell said she enjoys the challenge.

“Some of the best content happens last minute at 3 a.m. so it’s one of those things that’s so much fun even though it’s technically work,” Stockwell said.

Content from 24 Seven will air all day online and on television — on digital antenna channel 29.1 and in dorms and Apogee on channel 15. Content will also air Monday through Friday from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Channel Austin for service providers Time Warner and AT&T U-verse.

Rushworth said she hopes to raise nearly $3,000 this year and establish a relationship with businesses and student organizations.

Published on March 25, 2013 as "TSTV hosts annual 24Seven fundrasing event". 

Student Government President Thor Lund, University Library Director Fred Heath and Vice President Wills Brown announce the indefinite continuation of the PCL’s 24/5. Keeping the PCL open 24 hours a day will come at the price of $40,000 more each year. 

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The Perry-Castañeda Library’s 24/5 schedule will continue indefinitely, cementing its status as a home-away-from-home for students. 

Keeping the PCL open 24 hours, five days per week, will cost $40,000 more per year. Last semester, the PCL received funds from the Student Services Budget Committee, Office of the Provost, Division of Student Affairs and Texas Exes, but those organizations had only committed to funding the extended hours for the 2012-2013 academic year.

UT Athletics has historically given funds to the library system and decided to increase its planned donation this year to enable the extended hours, Natalie England, intercollegiate athletic communications manager, said.

Student government president Thor Lund and vice president Wills Brown, whose terms finish at the end of the month, campaigned on increasing the PCL’s hours. Lund, who presided with Brown at a celebration event launching PCL 24/5 for the rest of the spring Monday night, said he and Brown are happy to obtain the financial commitment from UT Athletics and have their main campaign promise realized. 

“It was just last year that Wills and I were standing outside the PCL with cardboard signs that said ‘24-hour PCL,’” Lund said. 

Brown said the donation has a deeper significance than simply fulfilling a goal he and Lund had set for themselves.

“It’s exciting, but it’s not about me or Thor,” Brown said. “It’s about the students and what makes them happy.”

Patrick Marsh, petroleum engineering senior and baseball player, attended the event on behalf of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee to show his support of the extended hours. 

“With practices and games, having a library open at odd hours can only benefit us,” Marsh said. 

Electrical engineering freshman Abhi Kallur said he has already logged plenty of hours in the PCL — “as much as a freshman can” — and is happy to learn the hours had been extended indefinitely.

“Usually I can say most people study past 2 a.m.,” Kallur said. “It kind of gives you that extra motivation to keep going.”

Pre-pharmacy freshman Johana Campos said she is happy the extended hours mean she no longer has to walk home at 2 a.m.

“I live really far, and I’m always scared,” Campos said. “I would probably take a nap and keep studying.”

Printed on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 as: PCL to be 24/5 permanently 

As they look back over this past semester and ahead to the next one, Student Government president Thor Lund and vice-president Wills Brown said they are happy with what they see.

Brown and Lund announced later gym hours at Gregory Gym and the Recreational Sports Center on Wednesday night, the latest in a series of goals they met this past fall. Gregory Gym will now stay open until 1 a.m. and the Recreational Sports Center will stay open until 11 p.m.

“When Thor and I were freshmen, those were the hours,” Brown said. “The cutback was hard on us and from other students we heard from.”

With gym hours expanded, Brown and Lund said they are now looking forward to the spring, when their primary goal will be advocating for UT during the legislative session. Along with the Graduate Student Assembly, Senate of College Councils and other student organizations on campus, Student Government will lobby through a campaign called Invest In Texas.

“Every week we have meetings with the operational committee, going over platform, finalizing our points and preparing for what we need to do for winter break,” Lund said.

Among other requests, the Invest in Texas platform asks the Legislature to allow UT to decide its own admissions policy, determine its own campus gun policy and give the UT System student regent and the student representative on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board a vote in decisions.

Currently, Student Government is attempting to get outdoor water fountains built on campus.

“You got to promote hydration,” Brown said. “I’ve walked on campus and wished for an outdoor water fountain, because sometimes you don’t know where the water fountains are inside. And that’s odd.”

After asking for student input, Brown and Lund requested UT facilities install outdoor water fountains at Perry-Castañeda Library, near the intersection of Speedway and 24th Street and outside Robert Lee Moore Hall.

Although Lund and Brown expect Invest in Texas to keep them busy this spring, they said they were equally busy this past fall.

On the first day of classes and during their first student body YouTube address, Lund and Brown announced the Perry-Castañeda Library would start functioning on a 24/5 schedule midway through the semester.

“We’ve had students who we don’t know come up to us and thank us for making the PCL 24/5,” Brown said. “That was a huge deal for me.”

The initiative costs around $40,000 per year, of which the Student Services Budget Committee, the University Libraries and the Provost’s Office split the costs. When Lund and Brown met with the University’s administration about making the Perry-Castañeda Library 24/5, Brown said they were supportive.

“It was on us to find the money, but the administration was there to help us,” Brown said.

As an unexpected side effect, Travis Willmann, spokesperson for the Perry-Castañeda Library, said the library saw an 11.8 percent increase in visitors from October of last year compared to October of this year.

Lund and Brown also expanded Student Government this semester, creating the new Longhorn Entrepreneurship Agency. Lund and Brown created the Longhorn Entrepreneurship Agency to increase support to student entrepreneurs.

“We want our entrepreneurial students to be as celebrated as our athletes,” Lund said.

Lund and Brown also restructured intramural sports, adding a basketball league to the fall and a football league to the spring. Brown said sign-ups for basketball in the fall filled up quickly, and he suspects sign-ups for football in the spring will fill up just as rapidly.

Printed on Friday, December 7, 2012 as: SG anticipates spring initiatives 

Student Government’s increased presence on YouTube might become permanent if a new bill passes through the general assembly next week.

Wills Brown, Student Government vice president, and Joshua Fuller, College of Liberal Arts representative, authored a new bill which would require future Student Government presidents and vice presidents to create at least four video addresses to the student body via YouTube every term. The general assembly will vote on the bill during Tuesday’s student government meeting in the Student Activity Center at 7 p.m.

Transparency and outreach were part of Student Government President Thor Lund and Brown’s campaign platform when they ran for their positions last spring. The two promised they would do regular YouTube addresses to update students on what Student Government is working on.

Student Government has released two videos this semester under Lund and Brown, one for September and another for October. They have made various announcements in these videos, including making the Perry-Castañeda Library operate 24 hours, five days a week midway through the semester.

“We have always said that we want students to know and recognize their student body president and vice president,” Lund said. “We want to stay connected with them and let them know that we are working every day to improve their lives on campus, and a video address is the best way to keep them updated and let them know what we are doing.”

Brown said the only concern he and Lund have heard is whether the bill would imply YouTube addresses are the only thing Student Government needs to do in terms of outreach. He said that is not the case.

“This is a stepping stone to more outreach and transparency,” Brown said. “This will require the future SG president and vice president do YouTube addresses, but they can do anything else they want. YouTube addresses are not the only thing they need to do.”

Brown said making the videos is a quick and easy process and normally takes no more than an hour. Since releasing the videos, Brown said he has been recognized on campus by strangers.

“In years past, the visibility of Student Government hasn’t been as much as it has been this year,” he said.

Anthropology senior Claire Porter said she had not seen the YouTube addresses Lund and Brown make. The addresses have been sent out via Twitter, Facebook and email. Porter could not name any of Student Government’s accomplishments, such as making the PCL 24/5.

“Honestly, I don’t know that much about Student Government,” Porter said. “It would be cool to hear more about them. I’m sure they do a lot of things I don’t know about.”

Porter is part of the group of students Lund and Brown are hoping the YouTube addresses will reach.

As of Tuesday, Student Government’s YouTube channel had 76 subscribers and a little more than 7,000 video views. Student Government represents more than 50,000 students.

Student Government Vice President Wills Brown and President Thor Lund accomplished a campaign goal of keeping the PCL open 24 hours a day, 5 days a week. 24/5 PCL began Monday and will continue until the end of the semester.

Photo Credit: Chelsea Purgahn | Daily Texan Staff

After Monday’s launch of the 24-hour, 5-day-a-week schedule for the Perry-Castañeda Library, UT students will no longer worry about relocating during tedious all-nighters for the remainder of the semester.

University of Texas Libraries and Student Government kicked off the PCL’s 24/5 service Monday evening by handing out free pizza, prizes and T-shirts to students. Students waited in a line that wrapped around the PCL to celebrate the launch of the new schedule. More than 800 students said they would attend via Facebook.

The PCL will now be open from noon Sundays through 11 p.m. Fridays and will maintain regular hours Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Student Government President Thor Lund and Vice President Wills Brown promised students a 24/5 PCL during their campaign in March 2012 and Lund said the two were not opposed by UT Libraries or fellow Student Government members.

“Wills and I felt that students needed a safe study space that they could access all hours of the night, and there was not one that was available to students,” Lund said. “Many of our peer institutions and neighboring schools have 24-hour libraries. It only makes sense that we would provide a 24-hour study space on campus as well.”

Travis Willmann, communications officer for UT Libraries, said this is not the first time PCL has offered 24/5 services. Willman said UT Libraries cut funds for the PCL in Spring 2002, which was operating on a 24/5 schedule at the time. He said funding for the 24/5 service includes costs of electricity, maintenance, replacing more broken furniture, custodial services and security guards. He said current funds from UT Libraries alone could not cover the cost of a 24/5 schedule. 

Lund and Brown proposed the 24/5 PCL to various campus groups to gain interest and funding support for the initiative. The Student Services Budget Committee contributed $20,000, the Office of the Provost and Office of Student Affairs each contributed $10,000 and the Texas Exes contributed $5,000 toward the effort.

Lund said Student Government is currently looking for permanent funding for the 24/5 PCL to keep the extended hours.

“We hope that sometime soon we will be able to announce that [permanent funding] has been secured to continue benefiting future Longhorns for years to come,” Lund said.

Biomedical engineering freshman Amanda Nguyen said she believes she will get more work done now that the library is open 24 hours.

“My dorm room can be very distracting,” Nguyen said. “Now I will be able to study longer and accomplish more.”

The 24/5 service will be offered from now until finals. The PCL’s hours will return to the previous schedule next semester until the beginning of midterms.

Printed on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 as: PCL 24/5 launches for midterms

Pharmacy school students cheer during Gone to Texas Tuesday. Each college held separate gatherings before all congregating at the Tower.

Photo Credit: Zachary Strain | Daily Texan Staff

I expected attending Gone to Texas in the middle of my college career would feel different from attending it as a freshman. After all, the past two years of college have changed my view of this massive and wonderful place. Watching the UT System Board of Regents and the UT-Austin administration fight out their ideological differences by way of newspaper editorials, ominously named committees and rumors of President William Powers’ termination has made me both more cynical about and more attuned to the political motivations that affect our university. I predicted that this year’s Gone to Texas would hint at the importance of graduating in four years, at the crucial role of research at the University, and that it would walk a fine line between mouthing off at the regents and telling them what they want to hear. It was wonderfully refreshing, then, that last night’s festivities steered clear of obvious references to the battles being fought on the 40 Acres and focused instead on the University’s many victories.

The ceremony began at 8:30 p.m. when a commercial featuring Powers lit up the tower, leading the students to look up as his distinctive voice fell over the audience. In the video, Powers vowed to make this the “best public university in the nation,” a phrase I find admirably absent of bravado — he didn’t say we are the best — and yet full of enthusiasm for the University.

At the video’s end, a performance by the Innervisions Gospel Choir begins. Soon, the choir launches into a gorgeous breakdown of the “Eyes of Texas,” and the audience began to hoot, holler and applaud. As the song ended, Thor Lund and Wills Brown, the student body president and vice president, filed on stage for a scripted speech. Their most charming moments occurred when they forgot to read off their papers and broke into unplanned moments of Brown pointing into the audience and waving around his horns. Of course, at least one of them, Brown, made mention in his speech of the Texas Constitution of 1876’s mandate that UT be “a university of the first class.” Though people on both sides of UT’s ideological battles often use this quotation in their arguments, Brown’s use of it appeared to carry no between-the-lines implication of what “first-class university” should mean.

Throughout the night, however, the programming offered some hints at what a “first-class university” should be. The event included over 20 minutes’ worth of programming devoted to praising research and the opportunities it gives students. Alexa Van Brummen, a senior involved in research, shared the story of how she found her way into a competitive research lab as a mere freshman. She then encouraged students to follow a similar path. Another video showcased how research by mechanical engineering professor Rick Neptune has made better-fitting prostheses available to amputees. While the regents’ disagreements with UT administrators over the role of research in higher education were never directly referenced, the amount of time spent on the subject serves as a reminder that the conflict continues.

Finally, Powers took the stage. Every time I hear Powers’ voice, I can’t help but feel like I am standing in a smokehouse in Luling, Texas, and he is about to emerge from the back with a giant slab of brisket, although the mass of freshmen sitting in front of me last night almost certainly didn’t make the same connection. They too seemed intimidated by the gravelly-voiced Powers, who has a calm confidence about him that I must subconsciously associate with Texas barbecue. “All too soon I’ll see you at graduation,” he said to the freshmen, reminding them of the “bookend” nature of Gone to Texas and their graduation: one you attend as an incoming freshman, the other as an exiting senior. A video of previous commencement speakers followed, and the nod toward the end goal of “going to Texas” — making it to graduation — had sufficient gravitas to quiet the now antsy crowd. As the video ended, a spotlight landed on the academic seal. “You are now and forever identified with Texas,” Powers said. A cheer went up, and I felt my cynicism flare — what exactly does “identifying with Texas” mean when so many people are fighting over the University’s purpose?

But alas, Gone to Texas rightfully left no place for a grim upperclassman like me. Before I can turn to a friend and make a move, the band swept in and the celebration started.

Printed on Thursday, August 30, 2012 as: Issues lurk amid celebration

Student Government will host a student-only tailgate near the Lyndon Baines Johnson Fountain for the first time Saturday for the Texas vs. University of Wyoming football game.

Student Body Vice President Wills Brown said students should expect a normal tailgate atmosphere that encourages different groups to mingle before games. Starting about three hours before football games, the tailgate will be set up at 23rd Street and Robert Dedman Drive. At 5 p.m., the buses carrying the Texas football team will arrive and the players will walk down 23rd Street into the Tom and Cinda Hicks gates at the north end of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

“The event will be on the east side of the football stadium under a 20-by-40-foot tent,” Brown said. “We will have a large table, chairs and games like corn hole.”

Brown said creating the event required communication and preparation.

“Tailgating began by meeting with the athletics department and preparing the student area,” Brown said. “The hardest part of the tailgating process has been getting the word out.”

Brown said he supports bringing in as many people as possible and hopes every person interested comes out to the tailgate.

“We want to bring everyone together. Come early. Stay late. We really want to bring an opportunity to students who aren’t already involved in student organizations,” Brown said.

Business freshman Evie Howard said the tailgate should help bring her friends from different groups together before games.

“The tailgating will help students who only know a few friends,” Howard said. “You meet one person here and there, but the event will help students mix different groups of friends.”

Many other student organizations host tailgates as social events. Kristin Dugie, Texas Lonestars alumni relations chair, said her group hosts a tailgate near the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum two or three times a year.

Dugie said, “You meet a lot of people that aren’t in your organization, which helps students branch out.”

Printed on Thursday, August 30, 2012 as: SG to host tailgate for students