Jenny Dolezal and Becky Brady of Gamma Phi Beta sorority kept glancing at their phones, waiting for 10 am.
They arrived early Tuesday for the start of the Paint the ’Ville, a homecoming tradition during which Greek campus organizations to paint the windows of Aggieville businesses.
When they arrived at Aggieville Clothing Co., they learned there weren’t any exceptions regarding starting times.
According to the competition rules, not a drop of primer or paint could touch a window before 10 a.m.
“It’s hard for me to wait,” Brady said.
Twelve Greek pairings and 4 residence hall pairings are competing during homecoming week with Tuesday’s event being judged.
Gamma Phi Beta is paired with fraternities FarmHouse and Sigma Chi.
Brady said she used this year’s homecoming theme, “A Tale of Tradition,” to develop the window’s theme, “There’s No Place Like K-State.”
Based on “The Wizard of Oz,” the painting incorporated the yellow brick road and a meddling flying monkey that has a West Virginia logo.
A K-Stater represents Dorothy, baseball coach Brad Hill is the Scarecrow, basketball coach Bruce Weber is the Tin Man and football coach Bill Snyder is the Cowardly Lion.
The tail hanging from the lion’s back might be familiar to K-State fans who have watched Snyder pace the sideline with his wired headset over the years.
“Our Emerald City is Anderson Hall because of the tradition,” Brady said.
Brady sketched the paper outline with the help of a sorority sister. Not everybody had to be that artistic.
“You don’t have to be an artist,” Brady said. “You just have to color inside the lines.”
The painting projects were scheduled to last from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Dolezal figured people from the pairing would use the whole time.
While applying primer, Dolezal and Brady were discussing how the windows would be cleaned off.
Brady figured somebody came with a power washer to remove the paint.
“That’s scary to think because it might rain,” Dolezal said.
It didn’t take long for Brady to react to that bad omen. “Don’t say that,” she said.
“It’s been haunting me for like a month,” Dolezal said.
Luckily for those two and everybody else, the forecast doesn’t show rain for the rest of the week.