Baylor students attend 5th Quarter

A crowd of Baylor students cheers at a football game. After the four quarters of game time conclude, all students are invited to continue the fun at 5th Quarter. Photo credit: Lariat File Photo

Friday night was the first night of the annual 5th Quarter hosted by Union Board. 5th Quarter is a series of extended gameday activities designed to bring students together for fun, food and fellowship as a community after each home football game.

Starting in the fall of 2014 after the Bears’ first game in McLane Stadium, 5th Quarter held a “Frozen” movie sing-along in the SUB Bowl and offered Common Grounds and ice cream to all who attended. Throughout the past two football seasons, 5th Quarter events have featured inflatable bounce houses, bubble soccer, blacklight mini-golf and rollerblading in Barfield Drawing Room.

“We found out about 5th Quarter from a guy yelling ‘Free food and drinks!’ as we were walking back from the game, so we took him up on his offer and came over,” said Columbus, Ga. freshman Claire Costanza.

During Friday’s 5th Quarter, students were treated to popcorn, soda and the Disney classic “Aladdin” on Fountain Mall. San Angelo freshman Cheyenne Elliot said some of the students even decided to take a dip in the fountain as a way to have fun and meet new friends.

Events like 5th Quarter are important to students, especially incoming freshmen who are still trying to find friends and their place in the Baylor community.

“As a student, it’s important that you feel welcome and know that you have a place here, and our job as the Union Board is to make the SUB feel like home. There are some students who maybe have not found a place yet in a certain organization, so 5th Quarter is just an opportunity to come together as a community and to meet new people and have a good time,” said Richmond master’s candidate Stephanie Harrison, a co-advisor for Union Board.

The next 5th quarter event will take place Sept. 10, after the Bears take on SMU, in the SUB gameroom for blacklight bowling and all-you-can-eat pizza. Below are the rest of the 5th quarter dates for this football season:

September 24 following Baylor vs Oklahoma State

October 15 following Baylor vs Kansas

November 5 following Baylor vs TCU

November 19 following Baylor vs Kansas State