A tradition that began in 1895, the 88th football game between Ouachita and Henderson State University will be played this Saturday, Nov. 15, at 3 p.m. across the street from Ouachita at Henderson’s Carpenter-Haygood Stadium. The undefeated Ouachita Tigers, who already have clinched a share of the Great American Conference championship, are seeking to go 10-0 and earn sole possession of the GAC title against the 9-1 HSU Reddies.
“School spirit is a essential part of any institution’s culture, and Battle of the Ravine is vitally important on that front,” said Dr. Kevin Motl, faculty sponsor of Tiger Nation, Ouachita’s student spirit organization. “No other opponent gets the students and the broader Tiger Nation community fired up for Ouachita like Battle of the Ravine. We turn out in force to support our student-athletes, who give so much of themselves to represent the university.”
“Battle of the Ravine Week is significant because it is a great Ouachita tradition,” said Student Senate President Josh Rubin, a senior biology major from Dallas, Texas. “It brings the campus together by guarding the tiger all week then supporting and cheering on our football team against Henderson.”
“It’s cool to see how our campuses and the Arkadelphia community rally around to cheer on the football players from both teams,” said Sophomore Class President Amber Easterly, a business administration/marketing major from Bryant, Ark. “It’s pretty awesome to have a rival right across the street and to just have fun with the week.”
“The victor in any given BOTR competition, of course, enjoys bragging rights over the other school until the next contest,” added Motl. “That’s why it’s particularly intense in football—it’s an entire year before one team or the other has an opportunity for revenge.
“On another important front, the hoopla surrounding Battle of the Ravine brings incalculable value in terms of campus visibility,” he noted. “Because of this storied rivalry, potential students and/or donors all over the country may hear about Ouachita and take an interest in what we do here. As everyone knows, Ouachita is a tremendous place to grow and learn, and we want the world to know how special OBU is.”
Social clubs and organizations will host a variety of events throughout the week that are open to all Ouachita students. Each class will also take a turn during the week guarding the tiger statue around the clock.
“When you look back upon your college career, whether five or 50 years down the road, you’ll remember less about the details of your course content and more about the relationships you built and the experiences you had while a member of the Ouachita community,” Motl said. “A life well-lived is one that seeks out those shared experiences and revels in the accompanying memories and stories. Battle of the Ravine will give you stories to tell and memories to share for the rest of your life.”
For more information on the Battle of the Ravine student events at Ouachita, contact Student Senate President Josh Rubin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Battle of the Ravine 2014 Schedule
All events take place at Ouachita’s Tiger statue near Grant Plaza unless otherwise noted.
Monday, Nov. 10
9 p.m. – EEE & Beta Beta host chili and hot dog night and Monday night football
- 9 p.m. – Seniors guard the tiger
Tuesday, Nov. 11
- 6 p.m. – Chi Rho Phi & Rho Sigma host Bible Bowl
- 9 p.m. – Chi Delta hosts hot cocoa night
- 9 p.m. – Juniors guard the tiger
- 10 p.m. – OBU Tonight Show at Dr. Jack’s Coffeehouse
Wednesday, Nov. 12
- 8 p.m. – Kappa Chi hosts car bash
- 8 p.m. – Eta Alpha Omega provides refreshments
- 8 p.m. – Sophomores guard the tiger
- 10:30 p.m. – CAB Movie: Guardians of the Galaxy
Thursday, Nov. 13
- 6 p.m. – Rho Sigma hosts pep rally and bonfire
- 9 p.m. – Refuge at Second Baptist Church
- 10 p.m. – Freshmen guard the tiger
- 10:30 p.m. – Tri Chi provides hot chocolate and s’mores
- 10:30 p.m. – Sigma Alpha Sigma hosts Donuts and Dodgeball
Friday, Nov. 14
- 5:30 a.m. – 7 a.m. KATV Battle of the Ravine Pep Rally at HSU’s Carpenter-Haygood Stadium
- All Day – Rho Sigma guards the tiger
Saturday, Nov. 15
- 11 a.m. – Tailgates and Lunch begin at Cliff Harris Stadium
- 3 p.m. – OBU vs. HSU football game at HSU’s Carpenter-Haygood Stadium