Peyton King

The Woman Is Required to Pay, “TWIRP,” Week is officially back on campus. After experimenting with Shoot Your Shot Week, OBU is returning to tradition with the beloved TWIRP Week.  

On top of the old-school nature of this long-standing tradition, the theme of this semester’s TWIRP Week is a throwback to the 80’s with the slogan, “Hang up and hang out.” 

This semester, both the visual and performative arts are permeating the events of the women-led week of lighthearted romance. 

As early modernist Russian-French artist Marc Chagall once said, “Art must be an expression of love or it is nothing.” Firstly, TWIRP Week jump-started its events with Buy A Date Night hosted by ZΩH, aka the pro-life group for Oklahoma Baptist University Monday, Sept. 27, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Lower GC.  

Then, after last night’s Qdoba Date Night supporting OBU’s multicultural clubs from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m., the arts are going to enter the picture with Brushes and Brews tonight, Sept. 29.  

Starting at 8:00 p.m. in the Lower GC, OBU’s Art Club will be hosting a Brushes and Brews, an event where couples and friends can enjoy painting, coffee and some good quality time.  

The Art Club will be providing free paint, canvases, and coffee for couples to be creative whilst getting to know each other. This way, participants can pour their emotions out onto a canvas, pour freshly brewed coffee into their cups and maybe spill some romantic interest in the process. The event is free and open to all. 

Tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 30, OBU’s University Concert Series (UCS) will be hosting a trivia night. Carrying on the 80s theme of the week, the event will feature live performances of music from the 80s and of course questions pertaining to the 80s and music to set the stage for some Cyndi Lauper-style romance.  

Some of the categories for the questions include art, literature, music, pop culture, 80s trivia and fashion. So, participants should brush up on their artistic knowledge, as well as knowledge of history and science just in case, before taking part. Studying facts about Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Madonna is highly recommended.  

Trivia night is completely free and open to all groups of four to five who wish to participate and test their knowledge. To sign up, UCS will have a table set up in the Lower GC from Monday to Thursday where teams can sign up and get more information on the event.  

Friday, Oct. 1, at 9:00 p.m. Blitz Week will be hosting Humans vs. Zombies. To run around with nerf guns and take down zombies or become a zombie yourself in this showdown, sign-ups are due by 11:00 a.m. that same day, Friday, Oct.1. Prices to participate are $2.00 for an individual and $3.00 for two, so students are encouraged to bring a date for a better deal. 

Then finally, SGA will be hosting a classic Sadie Hawkins Dance with an 80s theme Saturday, Oct. 2, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Recreation and Wellness Center (RAWC).  

Attendees are encouraged to break out their parents’ 80s attire or hit up a local thrift store and rock the resulting look at the event.  

With neon strobing lights, 80s decor, lots of 80s music and a nostalgic gym setting, the event is sure to be a throwback blast that encourages attendees to “dance with somebody,” like singer Whitney Houston said she wanted to in her 1987 hit, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me).”  

Overall, the week will be filled with art via visual art, music and fashion all pertaining to the 80s to generate a romantic but fun environment for students both artistic and not. TWIRP Week is a long-standing tradition at OBU that all students, taken or single, can participate in to experience art and romance on campus.  

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