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While seasons shift, autumn events draw students off-campus

As the green on the trees starts to fade into red and sweatshirts replace tank tops, the season shift brings different events and festivities to campus.

Fall is arriving, and you know what that means. The UGG boots, flannels and soon-to-be Halloween costumes slowly begin to come out of storage, and the rivalry football games, competitive pumpkin carving and cozy bonfires with the all-too-famous pumpkin spice latte begin to lift students into a spirit of jollity.

Well-known fall events such as ranch worship nights, corn mazes and the Tulsa State Fair have become an annual treat for ORU students. So freshmen, listen up.

Tulsa State Fair: “11 Days of Awesome!”

Starting Sept. 25 through Oct. 5, thrilling carnival rides and exclusive foods like fried bubblegum, chocolate dipped corndogs, banana Nutella deep fried crepes and the infamous Krispy Kreme doughnut burger will be at the Tulsa State Fair for students who are desperately trying to consume something other than the daily Saga meal.

Live entertainment includes concerts that range from country artists Eric Pasley, Jon Pardi and Thomas Rhett, to famous Christian bands Family Force 5 and Newsboys. The best part about this, besides the middle-aged women in crop tops, is the fact that concerts are absolutely free with admission.

For those looking to throw on some Wranglers and cowboy boots, the Tulsa State Fair will also be hosting the PRCA Rodeo, which features Steer Wrestling, Bronc Riding and Barrel Racing.

Student admission for the Tulsa State Fair ranges from $8 to $10 dollars. To purchase tickets or to get further information, visit the fair’s website here.

“The Maize”

With all the fall attractions The Maize is definitely an experience to partake in as an ORU student.

“Nothing unifies a group quite like being stranded in an endless field of corn together,” says Jamie Heiman, ORU sophomore.

With bonding experiences such as bonfires with hot dogs and s’mores, hayrides and a paintball range, The Maize is a great way to help bring together a group or convince your brother wing to hang out with you.

Tickets cost $8. Call ahead to reserve a campfire, a group discounted price or for more information call 918-232-4299.

A Night of Food and Worship at the Ranch

Home cooked meals, acoustic worship and ORU fellowship, who’s in?

ORU Alumni Jake and Alisa Jones are opening their ranch gates to create a positive spiritual atmosphere and a home-away-from-home for students. On Friday or Saturday evenings about twice a month, groups of up to 80 students flock to the Jones’s to experience the solitude and serenity that cannot be found on campus.

Guests are occasionally surprised with random bonfires and s’mores, or gun and bow-and-arrow shooting lessons from Jake and his daughters. Jake and Alisa have become a spiritual mother and father figure to many of the students that return to their ranch on a month-to-month basis.

“Sometimes I just need to get away from campus and refresh,” says Christian Polus, ORU senior and acoustic worship leader at the ranch. “It does well to be loved like that as often as one can receive it…It got me through [hard times] and I will be forever grateful for it.”

The gathering bonds students together as they worship and pray for one another.  Every student that attends is sure to leave the stomach full and spiritual appetite quenched.

To receive more information, updates, or have any questions answered, join “The Ranch – ORU Students and Friends” group on Facebook, where future events will be posted.

Assuming the typical ORU student has some sort of attraction to the outdoors, music and the presence of God, this small list hopefully lifted your spirits and will keep most of you lovely scholars busy over the course of the next month. Stay focused; stay centered; stay true, ORU.

Photo from the Ranch Nite’s Facebook page.

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