OU organization serves burgers in honor of historical rivalry.


OU students, faculty and staff waiting in line in the Oklahoma Memorial Union Courtyard for the Union Programming Board’s event, “Bevo Burger Bash”.

Julyana Sanchez

The University of Oklahoma’s union board gave out free burgers yesterday in the union courtyard to celebrate OU Texas weekend.

Over five hundred people were in attendance to the Union Programming Board’s “Bevo Burger Bash”. Students, faculty, and staff gathered in the Oklahoma Memorial Union Courtyard to enjoy the event commemorating the 117-year-old rivalry between the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas.

“In celebration of OU Texas weekend, we sort of poke fun at Texas’ mascot, Bevo, and we give out a bunch of free burgers,” said Patrick Lockwood, Union Programming Board engagement director.

The rivalry dates back to 1990 and is typically held in the Cotton Bowl, in Dallas, Texas, which is considered “neutral” territory for the two teams. The Longhorns currently lead the Sooners in wins with 61 victories, compared to OU’s 45.

But, the event was not just about a football game, it’s also about engaging with the students. “We do these events, and all other UPB events to provide free and fun engaging events to the student body,” said Lockwood.

The burger bash is one of many of the programming board’s traditions which they plan to continue, “We ran out of all 600 burgers this year, we’ve ran out of them every year that we’ve done it,” Lockwood said. “It’s such a fun thing people look forward to… we’ll definitely be doing it again.”