Soft lighting lit the Stamps Courtyard at California Baptist University Sept. 25 as students relaxed to the acoustic sounds of brother-sister band The Native Siblings, who kicked off this year’s TWIRP week with a free concert.
TWIRP, also known as The Woman Is Required To Pay, is a week-long event put on every fall semester by the Office of Community Life. This year’s TWIRP week was held Sept. 25- 29.
Monica Overton, junior applied theology major, said she was pleasantly surprised with the concert.
“The concert was good,” Overton said. “I didn’t know what to expect because I hadn’t heard that band before, but I really loved how they sounded.”
Taylor Allen, program coordinator for clubs and events for Community Life, said TWIRP week was a perfect event at the beginning of the year to make new friends.
“It’s a great opportunity to meet new people and interact with students that you don’t interact with a lot,” Allen said.
While the main events were similar to previous years, some deviations were made to spice things up for the students.
Some of these changes included students having the option to choose whether they wanted Disneyland park tickets or California Adventure, a trip to L.A. Dodgers stadium instead of Angels stadium of Anaheim and a new event at Skyzone in Riverside.
Of the events, students said Disneyland and the annual Barn Dance were highlights of this year’s festivities.
“I was most excited for Disneyland because I hadn’t been in a while,” Overton said. “And now we (were able to go) for a lot cheaper than normal, (it was) exciting.”
Allen said TWIRP week is a tradition Community Life plans to continue for many years.
“We believe in traditional events here in the office with something we really value and it’s something we want to continue,” Allen said. “TWIRP has been around for a long time. We want to keep it going and it’s something students really seem to appreciate.”
Community Life has other activities planned for the remainder of the semester that students should anticipate. These events will include Midnight Madness, a campus- wide event celebrating the start of the Lancer’s basketball season Nov. 5th, and Fortuna Bowl, the championship games of the men’s and women’s intramural flag football teams, Nov. 11.