Sept. 27, 2013 at 3:40 a.m.
I can tell that the semester is in full swing at ETBU. A common sight that I have observed, students walking to class with notes in hand, refreshing their minds before a test. Just the other day I saw a student walking out of the Bennett Student Commons (cafeteria) holding an open text book reading as he walked. Students are engaged in learning.
But it's not all about studying and going to class for the Tigers. Last night, the very first Moonlight Prowl was held at 10:00 p.m. in Ornelas Stadium. The event was to gather the ETBU community together before the first home football game which is Saturday night vs. Willamette. The Tigers are 2-0 as well as the visiting Bearcats from Oregon. Being 2-0 has never happened in Tiger football history.
The evening consisted of the cheerleaders cheering, the Tiger Band playing, students relaxing, and words from the head football coach Joshua Eargle.
Coach Eargle told the enthusiastic crowd, "This is not all about football tonight. This is about the ETBU family being together and having fun."
I asked one of the student workers in the Office of Enrollment Management, Kerry McClahan, who plays basketball for the Tigers, what he thought of Moonlight Prowl. Kerry told me, "It was a great night to see all the athletic teams together as well as the students. The attendance was larger than I expected. It was not just a football event; it was a time for all us to be together and celebrate being family."
Paul Swearigen, resident director of Feagin and Fry Hall told me, "It was really neat to see the football team leading every one in the singing of the ETBU school song to finish out the Moonlight Prowl."
If you like football, make it to Ornelas Stadium Saturday night. Tiger Alley with tailgating and fun begins at 4:00 p.m. Kick-off at 7:00 p.m. and the Tiger Band performing at halftime.
Honorary team captains for the game vs. Willamette will be brothers Andrew Baldwin and John Baldwin of Marshall. The two brothers have Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The Tiger football coaches are participating in the "Coach to Cure MD" program sponsored by the American Football Coaches Association. Each Tiger coach will wear a Coach To Cure MD logo patch on the sidelines and fans will be asked to donate to research projects supported by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy.
Also don't forget about the ETBU Choral Concert tonight (Friday) at 7:30 p.m. in Baker Auditorium of the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center presented by the School of Fine Arts. The concert, with free admission, will feature the ETBU Concert Choir, University Singers and Men's and Women's Choir. The concert will also feature ETBU faculty soloist Dr. Virginia Boaz on Alleluia by Mozart with the University Singers. The concert will conclude with a newly composed piece of music by Mr. Bob Wright, ETBU Composer in Residence and the director of the Bennett Technology Lab. Psalm 150 was premiered during ETBU's 2013 Convocation ceremony.
Come out to the Hill this Weekend, you will enjoy it.