Putting Your Best Float Forward - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/9/04

Putting Your Best Float Forward

Student organizations rush to finish their float before the annual Texas Tech Homecoming Parade. The pressure is on and members of FIGI fraternity and ZTA sorority can feel it.

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"Basically, we're trying to finish up the float," says Nate Will, FIGI homecoming chairperson.

"We have been working on this for probably a week and a half," says Meagan Wilson, ZTA homecoming chairperson.

"We've put in probably about five hours a night this week," says Will.

These Red Raiders are burning the midnight oil all in an effort to prepare for the annual homecoming parade.

If you need to wrap a gift anytime soon, forget it. You can't find tissue paper from here to Amarillo.

"On no. We had such a problem (Friday) night with tissue paper. We almost ran out of red tissue paper," says Wilson.

The closest place with enough tissue paper to satisfy their needs was more than 100 miles from Lubbock.

"We almost had to drive to Amarillo (Friday) night to get tissue paper from Amarillo, but we found red tissue paper at Eckerd's at the last minute," says Wilson.

Besides sacrificing both time and sleep, it takes a lot of stuff to build a float. First off, you need 100 2x4's, next 150 feet of chicken wire, and to top it all off, 7,500 sheets of tissue paper. The cost is a small price the FIGI's and ZTA's are willing to pay to win the best float title.

"We've spent about $700 on it," says Will.

The question weighing on their minds is: would it be enough to win?

"I think we've got a pretty good chance. You know we've got a good float this year," says Will.

Saturday morning, it was time to meet the competition, but it didn't appear to waver the FIJI and ZTA confidence.

"We won last year, and we are going to try to do it again," says Wilson.

In the end, it's not about winning to this group of Red Raiders. It's about the pride of participating in a tradition held dear by Tech fans of all ages.

"It's awesome. I've never had this much spirit and so it's just really exciting," says Julianne Gaspard, Texas Tech student.

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