Clubs and organizations from Utah State University gathered for street painting in the Taggart Student Center loop Wednesday evening.
This traditional Homecoming Week event looked a little different from past years due to COVID-19.
Only five people from each group were allowed to paint at a time, and organizations were assigned hour-long time slots to avoid too many people gathering at once. Masks were required, and members of the Utah State University Student Association Traditions Committee, the committee over Homecoming week events, were sanitizing regularly.
“This street painting looks a lot different from previous years,” said Clara Alder, a member of the Traditions Committee. “It’s still a super fun time. We’re all dancing, and different clubs and organizations are making their mark on the loop.”
Each club was given a single square in the TSC loop, a pan of white paint, and a pan of blue paint. They had an hour to complete their painting.
The Pre-Dental Club painted a giant tooth in their block.
“We wanted to pick a design that represents our future professions, and it’s something that unifies us, I suppose,” said Spencer Bray, a Pre-Dental Club member.
The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association painted the words “hear what isn’t said” in their block to represent their club’s focus on speech and hearing.
McKenna Nobis, the president of USU’s National Student Speech Language Hearing Association said she felt the event was put on safely.
“I love that everyone’s wearing a mask, and they have everyone socially distanced in groups,” Nobis said.
Though students felt the event was put on safely, club involvement in street painting was much lower than in previous years. Only 30 clubs signed up for this year’s event, compared to 70 clubs in 2019.
Darcy Ritchie is a second-year journalism student at Utah State from Idaho Falls, Idaho. Outside of writing for the Statesman, she loves to DJ for Aggie Radio, eat french bread in the Walmart parking lot, and tweet.