One weekend a year, hundreds of Northwest Nazarene University students can be seen participating in a variety of frivolous activities including, river dancing in front of the Idaho State Capitol, freezing in poses at the Grove in downtown Boise and playing games at a carnival in Nampa; these are the sights of TWIRP. TWIRP stands for The Woman Is Required to Pay, and it is easily one of the highlights of the year for NNU students.
TWIRP is a two-day, giant group date that takes place on a Friday and Saturday night with events happening all over the Boise Valley. Former SGA Social Vice President Jessica Whittaker, who planned the event last year, said, “TWIRP is one of largest and most highly attended social event put on by a private university.” Last year over 600 NNU students participated making it the most highly attended TWIRP to date.
TWIRP stands for The Woman Is Required to Pay, and it is easily one of the highlights of the year for NNU students.
During the month of October, before TWIRP is even advertised, girls are already scoping out possible dates to this jam-packed, crazy fun event. Part of the TWIRP tradition is for the girls to ask the guys in creative, and often embarrassing, ways. In the past, girls have orchestrated elaborate scavenger hunts, serenaded their guys in public places and hung posters or pictures of the objects of their affection around campus—all in the name of properly asking someone to TWIRP.
Once a guy has been asked, it is expected that he will answer in an equally creative way. Guys have filled cars with balloons, thrown rocks at windows Romeo and Juliet style and written “yes” in ketchup on a plate in the Dex.
Every year there is a creative theme to accompany TWIRP. One night couples wear their matching themed shirts, and the next night couples show their creative side and don all sorts of thematic costumes. Last year the theme was Around the World, which led people to dress as “tourists, famous landmarks and even points A and B from Google Maps,” Jessica remembers.
The history of TWIRP dates back to 1997 when the then SGA social vice president, Lindsay Kuhl, got the idea during the annual National Student Leaders Conference, NSLC. Luckily, Lindsay misunderstood versions of TWIRP shared by the other social VPs, which were essentially just designated weekends when girls had to ask guys out.
Instead Lindsay began planning fun, social, school-wide events, and thus NNU’s version of TWIRP was born. Although Lindsay was not sure how the first TWIRP would go, she enthusiastically planned a scavenger hunt and ended with pizza at a movie theater in downtown Nampa. Needless to say, it was a hit and this unique and beloved campus tradition was born.
They say not to have any regrets in life, but missing out on TWIRP is definitely a regret for many people who have decided not to go for one reason or another. Jessica missed TWIRP her freshman year. “I regretted it immediately because all my friends were talking about in the days after was what an amazing time they had.” No matter if you grab a group and head out to events together, ask that special someone you’ve had your eye on or just ask a friend, TWIRP is a must for every student at NNU.