Auburn University is known for tradition. By October, football season has begun and that means rolling Toomer’s Corner and watching the eagle fly. However for students and faculty, October is known for another notorious tradition, “Hey Day!”
This year, “Hey Day” will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 7 and the theme is “Peace, Love & Hey Day.” All students and faculty are encouraged to say “hey” to their peers and enjoy a time of fellowship and celebration of the Auburn spirit.
Sophie Burge, a sophomore and this year’s Director of “Hey Day”, says she can’t wait for it to get here. “[Hey Day] is right on up there with birthdays and Christmas,” she says.
Each year the Student Government Association (SGA) sets aside a day to promote the friendly atmosphere that surrounds AU’s campus.
Dating back to World War II, “Hey Day” is one of the longest standing traditions on campus and has recently expanded to outreach to all sections of Auburn University’s campus. Hey Day had a 20 year hiatus and it was not until a former Dean of Students took note of the old tradition and brought it back to campus in the 80s.
Students participating in Hey Day this year can pick up a name tag at any table location near a main entrance to campus; including Lowder, the Science Center and Thatch concourse, the Library and the main Tiger Transit stop. Burge anticipates passing out over 2,500 nametags throughout the day.
Perhaps one the most anticipated events of “Hey Day” is the University Program Council (UPC) Tie-Dye Workshop. They will be setting up a free tie-dye workshop so students can tie-dye their “Hey Day” t-shirts between classes.
“We really appreciate UPC. It is awesome that students are able to tie-dye t-shirts, it will make for a great keepsake,” says Burge.
“Hey Day’s” main activities will take place on the AU Student Center green space. Students are invited to enjoy free food and drinks from local vendors such as The Barbecue House, Niffer’s Place and Papa Johns from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“Hey Day” is one of the first events to use the new green space. Special entertainment will include music by WEGL and appearances by the Tiger Paws, AU Rhythm and AU Cheerleaders. Miss Auburn, Miss Auburn University and Aubie will also be in attendance.
Burge and her two assistant directors, Denis McKeen and Claire Chapman, have been preparing for "Hey Day" since April. “A lot of time goes into planning Hey Day,” Burge says; “We want to make sure students have fun and that it will be a day they will remember.”
For more information, contact Sophie Burge, Director of "Hey Day" at firstname.lastname@example.org .