Ouachita Baptist University students are preparing for the annual Battle of the Ravine Week starting Monday, Nov. 11. After the week full of activities on and off campus, the Ouachita Tigers and the Henderson State University Reddies football teams will square off in the Southern Bancorp Battle of the Ravine on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m. at OBU’s A.U Williams Field.
The Battle of the Ravine rivalry football game dates back to 1895, one of the oldest rivalries in the NCAA. Many clubs and organizations host events and traditions that make the week memorable, including each class taking turns guarding Ouachita’s tiger statue in the middle of campus around the clock.
“I think Battle of the Ravine is a great week because it allows every student to come together for the common purpose of supporting our school,” said Gracie Lundstrum, a junior mass communications major from Springdale, Ark. Lundstrum also serves on Student Senate, which will coordinate many of the activities throughout the week.
Monday, Nov. 11, EEE women’s social club and Beta Beta men’s social club will host a chili dinner and will be playing Monday night football in the middle of campus starting at 7 p.m. The senior class will guard the tiger beginning at 7 p.m.
During chapel on Tuesday, Nov. 12, students will receive ribbons to raise awareness and cultivate spirit for the Tiger for Life campaign, a project of the OBU Office of Development. The juniors will begin guarding the tiger at 10 p.m. following the AfterDark concert hosted by Kanakuk Kamps and OBU Campus Ministries in Jones Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. The concert will feature music artists such as Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors as well as FEDEL, a hip-hop artist. Joe White will speak on the topic “Is Jesus Relevant Today?” The event is free and open to the public.
“AfterDark is far more than a concert; it’s a catalyst for conversation, investigation and a night that offers authentic hope,” said Jeremy Dixon, a junior mass communications and Christian studies major from Benton, Ark. “It has reached over 400,000 students across the nation, and I am excited to see this event come to Arkadelphia.”
Kappa Chi men’s social club will sponsor a car bash on Wednesday, Nov. 13, starting at 8 p.m., and Eta Alpha Omega men’s social club will provide refreshments. The junior class will guard the tiger starting at 8 p.m.
Rho Sigma men’s social club will host a pep rally starting at 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, in the Rachel Fuller & Ouachita Singers Memorial Amphitheatre followed by a bonfire. Refuge, Ouachita’s student-led worship service, will meet at Second Baptist Church at 9 p.m. Tri Chi women’s social club will serve s’mores and hot chocolate in the middle of campus beginning at 10:30 p.m. Freshmen will guard the tiger starting at 10 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 15, KATV Channel 7 will broadcast a live Battle of the Ravine pep rally from A.U. Williams Field during its 6 a.m. “Daybreak” show. Students and supporters from both universities are invited to attend. Rho Sigma men’s social club will guard the tiger that night.
That evening, Rally on the Ravine will begin throughout the Arkadelphia community. Carnival rides, a zipline and a photo booth will open at 5 p.m., and a powder puff football game and a Baggo tournament will kick off at 6 p.m. The night will close with a Backroad Anthem concert at 8 p.m. All rally events are held at the Henderson State intramural fields.
Saturday, Nov. 16, will start with the Battle Bash Color Dash 5K at 8 a.m., followed by the Andy Allison Fun Run at 9 a.m. Carnival games, rides and a zipline will also open at 9 a.m. Tailgating will begin at 11 a.m., and the Shari Bales Band will perform at 12 noon. Then to climax the week’s festivities, the Ouachita Tigers will kick off at 2 p.m. against the Henderson Reddies at A.U. Williams Field on Ouachita’s campus.
“My favorite part about the Battle of the Ravine week is definitely the actual showdown of the football game,” said Justin Young, a senior business administration and management major from Springdale, Ark. “The intense rivalry adds to my support for the OBU football team; I want to see them dominate and bring Ouachita a victory.”
For more information on Battle of the Ravine events at Ouachita, contact Gracie Lundstrum from OBU Student Senate at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on Battle of the Ravine Rally events, visit www.facebook.com/battleoftheravine.
vs Henderson State University- Arkadelphia, AR
Come help recognize our football seniors this Saturday, November 16, 2013. The recognition ceremony will begin around 1:45 pm before kickoff. Come show your support and thank our student-athletes as they finish out their 2013 season. And in case you need reminding, they’ll be taking on that school across the street.
The Ouachita Baptist University Tiger football team has accepted an invitation to play in the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl in Copperas Cove, Texas, on Saturday, Dec. 7
The 7-3 Tigers of the Great American Conference will face the 7-3 Tarleton State Texans, who claimed a share of the Lone Star Conference title. The game will be played at Bulldawg Stadium in Copperas Cove with kickoff scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
The Tigers and Texans have faced off three times previously, with the Tigers leading the all-time series 2-1. Tiger Head Coach Todd Knight said he is happy to see the 2013 Tigers’ success being rewarded with the bowl invitation.
“Our student athletes, coaches, managers and trainers are all deserving of this honor and we look forward to playing the Lone Star Co-Champion Tarleton State University,” Coach Knight said.
Athletic Director David Sharp said he also is pleaded about the Tigers’ bowl opportunity. “This team has worked hard all season and has been successful both on and off the field,” Sharp said. “I’m very happy that the players get the chance to play one more game this year.”
The Heart of Texas Bowl is sponsored by C.H.A.M.P.S. (Communities Helping Americans Mature, Progress and Succeed), a school-based program aimed at educating students about the dangers of the abuse of illicit drugs and alcohol. It was founded by Copperas Cove Head Coach and Athletic Director Jack Welch.
Participating teams will arrive Friday before the game. The bowl committee will provide meals and entertainment for the participants, including a Friday night banquet. Both teams also will have the opportunity to participate in learning and community engagement activities while in Copperas Cove.
Prior to the game between the Tigers and the Texans, the Trinity Valley Community College Cardinals will face off against the Thunderbirds of Mesa Community College. The matchup will feature two of the nation’s top National Junior College Athletic Association teams. The Cardinals are ranked 6th and the Thunderbirds are ranked 15th. Kickoff for the first match is set for 11 a.m.
Tickets will be available on Monday, Nov. 25. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased through the office of the Ouachita Athletic Department by calling (870) 245-5182 or by emailing email@example.com. Tickets are good for both games that day.