Being a college student and always having to be serious with either class work or studying, it is always a welcoming feeling to get a chance to let your inner child out. On Tuesday, the Favrot Student Union held a Build-A-Tiger event on the yard. Walking up to the yard one would think that they were no longer at Grambling State University but may mistake the campus for Grambling High School as people pushed their way to grab tigers and stuff them. All smiles could be seen as one looked around.
It’s probably safe to say that it’s just something about making a stuffed animal that can just make anyone have a great day. As the supplies of Tigers and stuffing ran out you could look and see those lucky enough to get a tiger hugging and clutching on to them.
Build-A-Tiger turned out to be a great event in which the student body could come out and interact with their fellow students as well as let their inner child out.
“We have been doing the Build-A-Tiger event for about a year,” said Student Union Board President Mekayel Luke. “And it was an event that we thought would be engaging and show Tiger spirit.”
Students had mixed responses about the event.
Kelsey Owens, a freshman nursing major from Chicago, said, “Building a tiger makes me feel like a kid again. I plan on keeping the tiger as a keepsake.”
Freshman Shelbi Whitcomb, majoring in early childhood education from Omaha, Neb., was also excited about her new keepsake. “I’m just happy I got a chance to make a tiger this time, because I have been trying to build a tiger since the first time they had it. I plan to keep it in my room as a souvenir.”
Stephen Laaf, a freshman New Orleans native majoring in kinesiology, said, “The build-a-tiger event brings everyone out. I will save it to have something to remember the semester with.”
“It’s a cool event, and it helps show campus unity. I plan on giving my tiger to my mom,” said Porsha Johnson from Houston who is currently a freshman majoring in biology.
Mariah Breedlove from Houston, a freshman criminal justice major said, “This time I liked the timing of the event for the reason that its not too hot outside and you can really enjoy the event. I will sit my tiger on my bed in my room to remind me of the yard.”
Luke said, “Last time there was a greater hype so there was more people and more supplies. And this time it was like we had to find a way to spice it up.
“During freshman welcome week we had a lot more supplies than we did Homecoming week. But we try to order around the same amount everytime.