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Students celebrate annual Hey Day

<p>Students enjoying events during Hey Day on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019 in Auburn, Ala.</p>

Students enjoying events during Hey Day on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019 in Auburn, Ala.

Auburn held its annual Hey Day on Wednesday, an event which dates back to the 1940s.

Led by SGA, volunteers handed out nametags throughout campus and encouraged students to interact with one another. 

“This year’s Hey Day was focused on encompassing 'All for Auburn' to celebrate the whole Auburn Family coming together to cherish one of the longest standing traditions at Auburn,” which was popularized after World War II, according to the event’s website. 

Jacob Sparks, senior in marketing, said Hey Day is a time for students, faculty and staff to come together.

“I think Hey Day is just a great treasure for Auburn,” he said. “It establishes a bond amongst the entire Auburn Family.”

AJ Pierce, sophomore in communication, echoed Sparks’ statements, saying Hey Day offers a family-like atmosphere for students.

“I think college is really different because you’re not with your family all the time, so the people on campus become your family, and this is a really cool way to do that," Pierce said.

Dillion Sprague, senior in ecological engineering, said he believes Hey Day allows students to meet more people on campus beyond their fellow classmates.

“I think it’s important that all the students and faculty get to know each other,” he said. “It’s what makes Auburn, Auburn.” 

There was live music, cornhole and free food, along with other activities throughout the day. 

One student said she went to Hey Day, which was located on the Campus Green outside of the Student Center, to participate in all of the activities offered. 

“I was wanting to be outside and enjoy the music and events and all of the things that SGA has worked hard to put on,” said Lauren Krug, sophomore in English literature. “[Students] get to know each other in a casual way instead of just being by themselves.” 

Pierce added that she decided to volunteer for Hey Day to help share her love for Auburn with other students.

“I just wanted to be a person — a friendly face on campus — just be a part of making someone’s day, and make the Auburn community a little more real for some people,” she said. 

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