Wessli-Ann Hardee, Staff Writer
Wingate University students clear out the store shelves as they stock up on toilet paper for the annual homecoming tradition of “TPing” the campus on Thursday night.
For years, Wingate University has been establishing traditions for students to take part in during homecoming. One of their biggest is allowing the students to cover the campus in toilet paper.
Bailey Goforth, a sophomore at Wingate, said she had heard about the crazy tradition when she toured the campus as a senior in high school.
“I never believed it could be as fun as they said it was, but participating in it as a freshman made me realize that what they were saying was true,” Goforth said. “It’s one of my favorite memories as a student here and something I always look forward to.”
“TPing” is usually seen as a type of vandalism, but the staff at Wingate University allow the students to have a little fun doing something they normally couldn’t get away with.
“I almost feel bad for making our campus look so terrible, but it really does look so cool the next day when you are walking to class,” Goforth said.
On the Thursday night of homecoming week, students leave their rooms and cover every inch of campus with toilet paper. They even go as far as pouring soap in the fountains.
“Last year I jumped in the fountain full of soap, even though it was freezing outside,” said student Veronica Manka. “I plan on doing that again this year. It was so fun.”
Wingate’s Student Government Association also created a little incentive for students in order to make the clean up the following week a little bit easier. For each garbage bag of toilet paper the students bring to the Office of Residence Life, they will receive a free t-shirt.
“Although it’s a lot of fun throwing the toilet paper…it makes quite the mess. To try and help maintenance, SGA encourages students to join in our annual clean up the Monday following homecoming,” said Kirby VonEgidy, vice president of marketing and communications for Wingate University’s student government. “We made the mess, the least we can do is help pick it up.”
The tradition has become such a fun event for the students to participate in, and senior Zack Singleton said it will be on his list of “most missed things” about Wingate University when he graduates in the spring.
“I’ve always looked forward to ‘TPing’ the quad,” said Singleton. “I’m really bummed that this will be my last year.”
Wingate’s homecoming week was full of games, activities and events. “TPing” the quad is one of the final traditions before the homecoming tailgate and football game on Nov. 4.
Edited by Gabriela Cabrera, Ryan Mackintosh and Mason Teague