Student Association hosted the event “Mid-Week Peak” on Wednesday afternoon. It provided the student body with camel rides after chapel.
“We’ve been wanting to do this for a long time and finally did it this semester,” said Emily Branz, member of the SA programs office.
The programs office thought of bringing camels on campus for a Wednesday during a brainstorming meeting earlier in the year.
The term “Hump Day” is often used when referring to Wednesdays because it is the middle of the week, or the “hump” to get over before getting closer to the weekend. Camels are often associated with the day because of their humpbacks, so SA thought this would be a great way to celebrate the middle of the week.
“We got the camels from Joe’s Camels,” said Branz. “They go to different colleges around Oklahoma, they do the zoo and they do the pumpkin patch in Bixby.”
The event was kept a surprise to the student body until they exited chapel where SA staff was holding signs for the event.
“We wanted there to be an element of surprise and we wanted to do something the student body would never expect to be on campus,” said Branz.
The camels were available for the students to ride for free from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the field between Christ’s Chapel and the Graduate Center.
Many students were taking pictures with the camels and even filming their rides.
“Honestly, it was a little scary,” said Ron Parker. “I was holding on trying to take a selfie and it was a little shaky, but then I held on with both hands and it was more stable.”
This was the first time for many students to ride a camel. Some compared it to riding a very large, unstable horse, but it was a new experience for many.
“It was a blast,” said Jantzen Ryals. “Who can say ‘Hey, it’s a Wednesday so I’m going to ride a camel?’ I did.”
By Alyssa LaCourse; photos by Wyatt Bullard