The bonfire was held this past Friday night at the SFA intramural fields by the Student Activities Association and Traditions Council.
SAA members set up their table at the Baker Patillo Student Center Plaza this past week Monday through Friday 10a.m. through 2p.m.. T-shirts were on a first come first served basis.
SFA students took their old college shirts and departed with them to gain a brand new free SFA homecoming t-shirt. Students gave up shirts from schools like, UT Dallas, North Texas and LSU.
It seemed hard for some students to depart with their old college t-shirts, especially one girl who was grasping on to her LSU shirt tightly. Finally she let go and exchanged it. What most students do not know is the t-shirts exchanged with SAA for the bonfire are not all burned. Their t-shirts go to a good cause. They go to those less fortunate.
SAA chooses at least ten Sam Houston shirts and throws those into the bonfire. The rest of the shirts are then donated to those in need. SAA members like Thomas Shannon (freshman and criminal justice major), Cori Jone (freshman and business management major), and Sandra Ramirez (sophomore and English major) take the rest of the donated shirts back to their hometown, or any area outside of Nacogdoches to then be donated to the local thrift stores, homeless shelters and donation centers. Whatever seems fit.
“We donate the rest to communities outside Nacogdoches to get those other college shirts away from SFA!” said Chris Reisinger, SAA member and brother of Sigma Lambda Beta.
This year Aaron Watson performed live after the bonfire pep rally. Aaron Watson is a Texas Country singer with hits “Barbed Wire Halo”, “Off the Record” and “Raise your Bottle”. The loud music along with the SFA purple and red Homecoming fireworks and huge bonfire got the crowd even more riled up.
The Bearcats shirts were thrown into the bonfire to get the SFA student body and Alumni rowdy, proud and loud for homecoming game day this past Saturday.
The tailgate was held at the SFA Ag Pond, across from the Homer Bryce Football stadium. Unlike past years when it was held in a more spacious environment, the commuter lot. Where many fraternities such as Delta Chi and sororities like Mu Sigma Upsilon set up their tents and celebrated their homecoming weekend.
The Lumberjacks defeated the Colonels 44-10 at the Homecoming football game. Junior quarterback Brady Attaway completed 41-of-65 for five touchdowns. Many of the people who attended alumni and students wore their SFA vs. Nicholls State University Burn Shirts to the game and tailgate, and showed their school spirit.
The t-shirt burn event is a new SFA tradition. It did however originally start as burning the college shirts that were exchanged but, in 2007 it was decided it was best to donate them instead.
Traditions at SFA are a big part of being a Lumberjack as well as a big part of the SFA family and entertainment. SAA takes part in hosting many of the SFA traditions as well as their own events like the recent TOMS SOS event and the underwear run.
Join SAA at one of their many events and activities. Become a member and have fun at their big events. Speaking of Big Event. SAA’s yearly community service The Big Event is coming up. Much like MLK Day 2012. Sign up with a few of your friends and help out in a day filled with community service and awareness. SAA encourages everyone to join in their events and tradition, as well as to be active in school and your community.