Student react to Founder’s Week events

By: Hayden Hewitt

Staff Writer

Tarleton State University held their annual Founder’s Week events April 18-23, and students, whether they attended or not, had a lot to say about it. 

Tarleton had a total of nine events during the week. Founder’s Week kicked off on April 19 with Silver Taps, an event that honors deceased students and faculty over the past year. 

Freshman pre-nursing Major Madison Moore preferred Silver Taps over the other Founder’s Week activities.

“It’s a time-honored tradition, and it wraps up your time here at Tarleton; after you light your flame of convocation you’re a Texan for life,” Moore said.

Silver Taps remains a constant part of Founder’s Week events, but there have been several changes over the years.

Senior horticulture major Miranda Jennings said that during her first year, she went to every single event, but since the COVID-19 outbreak, there have been fewer events. 

She also noticed the Grassburr Fest was a little different this year. April 20 featured Grassburr Fest which allowed students to pick up the 2022 Grassburr and included the announcement of Mr. and Mrs. TSU nominees. 

“They also had already started giving out the Grassburr, so that was a little bit different because I already had my Grassburr before Grassburr Fest,” Jennings said. 

Even with the changes, students seemed to genuinely enjoy going to Founder’s Week.

“I think it’s something nice to have events to go to before finals, before you’re all stressed out,” Moore said. 

Jennings believes that this week is an important tradition.

“It kind of brings that touch of tradition to spring that we don’t get because fall has homecoming and all of those traditions,” Jennings said.

The attendees seemed to have a good time, but there were also a large population of students who didn’t attend even one event.

It seems that the main reason for students not attending Founder’s Week events is a lack of knowledge.

“I don’t know anything about Founder’s Week, I don’t even know what they do during Founder’s Week, I don’t even know what kind of events there are,” sophomore civil engineering major Zade Kendall said.

Senior biomedical science, pre-med, Major Riley Dirkse said he also had no idea that they existed. 

“They probably sent an email, but I don’t look at those,” Dirkse said.

Both Kendall and Dirske said they would have considered going if they had more information on the events and times. 

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