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Four F-18 fighter jets fly over Baird Hall. Photo by Jake Brillhart, the Hillpost.

This afternoon, airmen from the 138th Fighter Wing stationed in Tulsa conducted a flyover of several area hospitals.

At approximately 3:28 PM, four fighter jets roared over the blue skies of Claremore. First flying over Claremore Regional Hospital, the squadron then passed Claremore Indian Hospital. Moments later, the four F-18’s came soaring over the RSU Claremore campus.

Coming from the south, the four pilots flew over Baird Hall, Solider Field, and University Village A before returning to their flight plan. After flying over College Hill, they continued towards the Claremore Veteran’s Center.

“I can tell you nothing makes me feel more protected and more at ease than knowing that our stateside military members want to remind us of their presence and that they’re here to help during both natural disasters and to aid during times like these,” said Kiera Parker, a nursing student at RSU.

The flight was part of greater exercise by the Oklahoma Air National Guard recognizing healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is our way of showing our gratitude and thanks to all of the doctors, nurses, medical staff and first responders who are selflessly and tirelessly working to keep Oklahoma safe and healthy during this pandemic,” said Maj. Gen. Michael Thompson. Thompson serves as the adjutant general for the State of Oklahoma and coordinates the operations of the Oklahoma National Guard.

In a statement, Thompson recognized the continuing contributions of healthcare workers in Oklahoma. “Thank you for your service to the people of our great state, and for showing how strong Oklahoma can be when we are all working together,” said Thompson.

After their flight over Claremore, the four airmen of the 138th Fighter Wing completed one more flyover of James O. Goodwin Health Center in Tulsa. The James O. Goodwin Health Center houses the Tulsa Health Department.

Jake Brillhart serves as the editor-in-chief for the Hillpost. He is a junior studying public affairs with a focus in media communications. He frequently covers stories related to state and local government and campus policy. After graduation, Brillhart plans to pursue a Master of Public Administration and begin a career in higher education.

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Gallery: Fairest on the Hill Draws Crowds and Dazzles

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Juniors Trent Siever and Skye Fairbanks welcomes students and community members to Fairest on the Hill. This year, the event was held on the lawn of the Dr. Carolyn Taylor Center. Photo by Jake Brillhart, the Hill News.
Skye Fairbank welcomes everyone to Fairest on the Hill. Fairest on the Hill continued this year as a tradition of President’s Leadership Class. Photo by Jake Brillhart, the Hill News.
Tammy Ryan of the Oklahoma Military Academy Alumni Association raises her hand. Judges, from left to right, include Katie Warnick, Tammy Ryan, and Lori O’Malley. Photo by Jake Brillhart, the Hill News.
RSU student Atticus Wise waves to the audience during his introduction. Photo by Jake Brillhart, the Hill News.
RSU student Caden Coleman (right) performs a dance routine during a lip-sync performance. Coleman represented the Student Ambassadors program. Photo by Jake Brillhart, the Hill News.
RSU student Joseph “Josie” Gaither sings during his talent portion. Gaither sung a satirical song on his experiences in the Honors Program. Photo by Jake Brillhart, the Hill News.
Fairest on the Hill organizers look onward, as RSU student Joseph “Josie” Gaither sings. Fairest on the Hill is organized, annually, by the RSU President’s Leadership Class. Photo by Jake Brillhart, the Hill News.
A group of RSU students cheers during Joseph “Josie” Gaither’s performance. Photo by Jake Brillhart, the Hill News.
RSU student Brandon Xiong strums a guitar while singing a song. Xiong was assisted by fellow contestant Duy Pham. Photo by Jake Brillhart, the Hill News.
A crowd of student athletes clap after Brandon Xiong’s performance. Over 50 students and community members attended this year’s Fairest on the Hill. Photo by Jake Brillhart, the Hill News.
RSU Student Duy Pham sang during his talent portion. Pham represented the Association of International Students. Photo by Jake Brillhart, the Hill News.
Three students rock their phones while Duy Pham sings You Raise Me Up. Photo by Jake Brillhart, the Hill News.
RSU student Katrina Christian signs during performance. Christian is a redshirt junior playing women’s basketball at RSU. Photo by Jake Brillhart, the Hill News.
Katrina Christian points outward to the audience while RSU student Lily Garner dances in the background. Photo by Jake Brillhart, the Hill News.
RSU student Charity “Paige” Adams plays a singing bowl. Adams represented Alpha Sigma Tau. Photo by Jake Brillhart, the Hill News.
RSU students Molly Rhames and Taryn Thompson sit on lawn in front of the Dr. Carolyn Taylor Center. This year, attendees were required to wear masks. Photo by Jake Brillhart, the Hill News.


RSU student Carleigh Stallcup sings Se Tu M’ami. Stallcup represented Alpha Sigma Alpha. Photo by Jake Brillhart, the Hill News.
RSU student Gabe Seiler waves his “wand” during his talent performance. Seiler performed a magic trick for his skill. Photo by Jake Brillhart, the Hill News.
RSU student James VanOrsdol walks off stage after assisting Gabe Seiler. Seiler represented the Campus Activities Team. Photo by Jake Brillhart, the Hill News.
Scooba performs an unreleased single Through the Night. Through the Night released on Spotify and Apple Music on Friday night, October 2, 2020. Photo by Jake Brillhart, the Hill News.
RSU alumna Ashli Davis dances during her performance. Davis performed a series a synchronized hula hoop tricks as a part of her talent portion. Photo by Jake Brillhart, the Hill News.
RSU student Luke Huen sings Sixteen Tons. Huen represented the Student Threatre Organization. Photo by Jake Brillhart, the Hill News.
Trent Siever announces a door prize drawing during Fairest on the Hill. This year, multiple door prizes were given to attendees ranging from a QuikTrip gas card to a gift card to 918 Nutrition. Photo by Jake Brillhart, the Hill News.
Scooba thanks everyone for coming and supporting his career after winning first place. During his acceptance, Scooba recognized his faith and partner Vuye. Photo by Jake Brillhart, the Hill News.
The winners of Fairest on the Hill stand on stage. (From left to right) Scooba took first place, Caden Coleman took second place, and Joseph Gaither took third place. Photo by Jake Brillhart, the Hill News.

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Gallery: Students Return To Campus for First Day

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An RSU freshman flashes a peace sign while walking from the Health Sciences Building. Photo by Jake Brillhart, the Hill News.
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Fall RSU Panhellenic Recruitment: What You Need To Know

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New COVID-19 signs placed on exterior of university village building. Photo by Jake Brillhart, the Hill News.

COVID-19 has made everyone rethink how we go about our daily lives. RSU students received an email on July 20 explaining university plans to keep everyone safe and healthy for the upcoming semester. However, how will this effect things like fall recruitment?

Just like university administrators, our campus’s greek life has had this heavy on their minds with fall recruitment being right around the corner. Here is what students need to know.

Formal recruitment will go on like normal from September 14 to September 18, 2020. Students will be able to spend time with both Panhellenic Council sororities to get know everyone. Additionally, masks will be part of recruitment dress code, and social distancing will be implemented in activities.

“Safety is our number one priority with Alpha Tau, especially because I’m a diabetic so I’m higher risk,” said Alpha Sigma Tau President Camdyn Ellis, “formal [recruitment] is going on as normal; however my girls will be in cute Alpha Tau masks, and we will also have sanitizer and Clorox wipes on hand to keep everything clean.”

The sentiment of staying safe and keeping things as normal as possible is shared by both sororities on campus.

“Alpha Sigma Alpha members are looking forward to being able to still put on formal recruitment despite these unprecedented times,” said Alpha Sigma Alpha President Lynsey Naugle.

“Together our Panhellenic Council, which is made up of our chapter and the Alpha Sigma Tau chapter, is working on making fall recruitment the safest it can be. This will include wearing masks and having spaces that are big enough to allow proper social distancing. “

“Despite these changes, fall recruitment will still be about making connections and helping the women of RSU find their home in one of our two sororities. We cannot wait to meet all of the women who are interested in greek life once the fall semester begins,” said Naugle.

Students can sign up for recruitment online at www.rsu.edu/campus-life/fraternity-sorority-life/how-to-go-greek. The deadline to sign up is September 15, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.

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