Stillwater News Press

August 25, 2011

Oklahoma State University's Lights on Stillwater shows students what city has to offer

By Silas Allen
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Thousands of students, as well as a fair number of dogs, crowded Oklahoma State Univerity’s Edmon Low Library lawn Wednesday evening to see what Stillwater has to offer.

Oklahoma State University hosted Lights on Stillwater, an annual festival marking the beginning of the fall semester, Wednesday night.

During the festival, campus organizations join groups, churches and businesses from the Stillwater community set up booths on the library lawn to welcome students back to town. Live music, food, a mechanical bull and seemingly endless free swag highlighted the event.

The Stillwater NewsPress unveiled and distributed the latest issue of Stilly magazine. The local magazine for twentysomethings was launched at Lights on Stillwater last year.

Anthony Briggs was at the event with the Stillwater chapter of Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, or PFLAG, a group that provides support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Briggs said the group has attended the festival for the past several years. It’s a good way for the group to get its name out in the community and let OSU students know that they’re available as a resource.

During the event, PFLAG representatives handed out brochures and provided information on the group. At about 7:30 p.m., Briggs said things had gone well. He and others from the group had handed out quite a bit of literature, he said.

“So far, so good,” he said.

Whitney Presley spent the evening at the University Dining Services booth. During the event, Presley handed out information about a number of University Dining Services programs, including the OSU Farmers’ Market.

The event is a good chance for the department to connect with students to let them know about certain programs they may not otherwise hear about, Presley said.