East Texas University - Class of 2020

New University Website!

Finally the University has a website! Have questions? Want to meet the staff? Wondering about stories you’ve heard about in the local news? Well look no further. Just click the link below to see the new site.

ETU Website.

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Feeling Lucky?
You know you are.

Ah…college. A time of new experiences, thinking highly of yourself, and moments of sheer and reckless abandon. So how does one bring that feeling into the game?

First, by having a song of inspiration! When your jam comes on the radio, you will instantly be filled with courage and gusto, thus gaining a benny. But this benny has to be used ASAP because once the song is over and gone…so is your benny! But fear not, now there is a special way in which you can keep your benny from disappearing.

The answer…EXPLODING BENNIES!!!

That’s right. Bennies can and will explode in ETU. Rather than using the traditional benny system for Savage Worlds, you’ll be using a benny d6. When you decide to use your benny, you roll your d6. On the event of rolling a 6, you keep it! Potentially, it could go on and on forever, but one will never find out until they spend their bennies to become one of the legendary students at ETU.

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Welcome to ETU
A Letter from President Nelson

Office of the Dean
1 Raven’s Loop
Pinebox, TX

Dear Students,

Welcome, and congratulations on your acceptance as an incoming Freshman student at East Texas University. I would like to take this opportunity to direct you to information that will make your transition to ETU as smooth as possible.

First, I would like to remind you that all Freshman and Sophomores are required to live in on-campus housing. This both ensures your safety and helps you build friendships that will undoubtedly last a lifetime. Please do not forget to fill out your dorm application and submit your deposit. This can be done on the school website or at the student admission and housing office on campus.

Next, I would like to remind you that Freshman orientation, which we call the Sweat Lodge, coincides with dorm check-in on the third weekend in August. Please plan to attend this event, which takes place on Friday night of that week. At Sweat Lodge you’ll learn about the importance of campus safety, our university traditions and fight song, the Raven’s Honor Code, and gain valuable advice from some of our current Senior students. The Friday night event will then end with free pizza and a show by our local rockers, A Jury of Robots.

Again, let me congratulate you on your first step into a larger world. College is what you make of it, and an acceptance to ETU is a great start!

Go Ravens!

President James Nelson

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A Jury of Robots - Live at the Raven's Nest
Freshman Only!

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All the way from Dallas, Texas, come see A Jury of Robots. All Freshman are free. Student ID is necessary for entry into the event. No sophomores, juniors, or seniors allowed (unless working as a volunteer). Also remember that since this is a school event, there is no booze, beer, or extracurricular drugs of any kind allowed into the Raven’s Nest.

Go Ravens!

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Last Time on ETU: Class of 2020
Review of Night One

Hey guys! Trisha here. Just in case you forgot, this is what has been happening around our campus. And don’t forget, Rush Week is right around the corner. See you all there!

ETU – Year One – Night One

After receiving their ID cards, the students made their way into their dorm rooms. Fellow students buzzed around the halls, excitedly introducing themselves. While numerous stories of strange happenings at ETU circulated through the halls of the dorms (stories of ghosts, a specific area in the forest where nothing grows, a death of a student at a local swimming hole/rock quarry, etc.), conversations were cut short as students rushed to make their way over to the Raven’s Nest for the student orientation and concert.

The gentlemen of the group made their way quickly to the Nest, but while walking to orientation, the ladies were spooked by something in the bushes. Catching a glimpse of a pair of glowing eyes, Molly immediately began snapping photos intent on getting a picture of something abnormal or otherworldly. She crept closer and reached into the bush, only to discover…a stray cat! With squeals of delight and joy, the girls picked up the cat and brought it with them to the Nest.

Once there, the students had to sit through President Nelson’s speech, which went on FOREVER, until they were all split into groups. Students reached under their chairs to discover the numbered group in which they were going to be in, and they all magically pulled the number 12!!!

Down in the basement of the Nest, students learned a valuable lesson. Be a zebra. But even after being told to blend in and not stand out of the crowd, they immediately went out of the room at the first sound of a commotion. There they found a broken camera with a campus officer standing over it. They later discovered that the camera belonged to Professor GlenMac when they ran into him and his trusty sidekick, Jackson Green. Both said they wanted to catch a glimpse of a ghost that had been haunting the Raven’s Nest basement and that they had been on the ghost hunt for the past year. Both ran off to continue their search, but not until Jackson made it clear to the ladies that he was single and ready to mingle.

The sound of the band signaled that the party was in full swing, so the group made it out to gym, but strange things were afoot. For starters, girls usually don’t ever bat an eye at Hank Poorman, but a young lady beckoned him to come over, dance, and sneak away with her to a basement room. She introduces herself as Nina. Hank was intrigued and thought, “Hey, this might be my lucky night!” But it wasn’t. While getting close to this young lady, she whispered in his ear, “You’re all going to burn,” and then quickly burst into flames along with the room they were in. But after seconds passed, she vanished, leaving only the faintest smell of smoke in the air and a burn mark on Hank’s arm.

Other strange things began to happen in the gym as well. The sound from the speakers faded in and out. A cold spot that made a stack of pizza boxes go completely frozen. The poor little cat that was found on the way to orientation dropped its own heart in the lap of one of the girls followed by its immediate death. Bugs crawled out of a spot in the stage. Odd occurrences happened everywhere, but the majority of the students unknowingly danced the night away. But the strangest of all must have been that the janitors didn’t finish their job of cleaning up graffiti on the walls, so our students did what any other quality ETU students would do. Molly and Zoe picked up the mops and continued scrubbing away the odd markings. (Duh! ETU students care about their campus!)

Little did they know, these were actual runes that were created to help send the Raven’s nest up in flames. Seeing his work getting washed away, the security guard from earlier (yes, it was him who broke the camera!) told the kids to stop, but after they continued to scrub the walls, things got a little rough. He must have thought, “They’re just a bunch of girls,” thinking it would be an easy enough task to get rid of them, but they fought back with fierceness and heart, especially the young, vodka fueled, Russian hockey player, Varya Yavlinski.

Meanwhile, down on the dance floor, Sugar and Hank, saw the commotion and rushed to help out, but on the way Hank saw something strange. It was as if someone or some “thing” was forcefully moving towards the fight as well. Although he wasn’t able to catch whatever it was, he moved in to help out the girls. All of the sudden, the invisible thing began to drag the security guard away from the brawl. Some of the group followed and continued to fight while other stayed to put out the fires that had erupted from rune marked walls.

Following closely behind and battling with the invisible foe, the creature finally came into view. Spines covered its sleek back and its fierce teeth snapped as it snarled at the youth that fought to pull back the security guard. (An odd looking Chupacabra!!!) Feeling trapped, it finally broke through the back doors of the Raven’s Nest that were oddly chained shut, thus allowing the group and all of the other students out to freedom from the fire within the gym, bravely led by Chet Sanders, who was seen directing students to freedom.

No one else seemed to notice anything strange that night, and if they did it was all chalked up to “Senior pranks and shenanigans” that always happened during freshman orientation. Never the less, the group was called into President Nelson’s office the following day. Congratulations and warnings were both handed out in his office. The first for the bravery shown by the group in putting out the fire, but the latter for wondering why the students were near the fires in the first place.

It was because of this that President Nelson made Professor GlenMac their mentor for their freshman year. Needless to say, his assistant Jackson Green was really pleased by this decision. “Ladies, ladies, ladies! I do love me the ladies!” he thought to himself as he winked at one of the young ladies as they all all exited President Nelson’s office. “It’s gonna be a good year!”

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Rush Week!
Time to find our where you fit in!

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What’s up, broski?! It’s your main man Brodi here to tell you all about rush week. I know all you weenies don’t wanna come on out to Rush Week, but you totally should, bro! It’s killer! Woooo! You’ll totally love it! There’s chicks, and beer, and all kinds of crazy initiation stuff to look forward to! And fear not, we’re not all crazy like those North Texas doofbags! No nasty stuff here! Just good ol’ crazy Frat and Sor fun! Wooooo! Just remember, joining a Frat or a Sor is bomb, but don’t do what they always say at that dumb freshman orientation night. We don’t want zebras! No way, bro! We want people who stand out! Yeah, bro! No zebras here! So remember, this Friday is the start of Rush Week! Be there or be an L7 weenie! Woooo!!!!!

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Review of ETU: Class of 2020 - Night Two
Rush week, dreams, zombies, and more!

Long after the flames at the Raven’s Nest were doused, the students were still haunted by the happenings and fires that took place on freshman orientation night. Vivid images and feelings filled their dreams, each one effected differently and experiencing a piece of the mystery. Dreams of love and betrayal, fire, being hunted, running and hiding, and more haunted them in their sleep as the weeks passed by.

But one can’t sleep when it’s…RUSH WEEK! After Jackson Green gave them the run down on which houses belonged to which sororities and fraternities, each went their separate path, looking into the houses that intrigued them or peaked their interest. But during their exploration, a scream rang out amidst the sounds of partying. Chet ran to find out what had happened and discovered that a young lady was bitten by a zombie…or some drunk dude. Meanwhile, Hank and Varya met Steve and his fraternity brothers, who were worried about their friend Mike. Steve and Mike had set up a prank to initiate new students who were rushing that week. They had acted out a seance where Mike faked being possessed, but then after the prank, Mike had disappeared out the window. Hank and Varya looked through the rooms, but found no evidence of real witchcraft. Police arrived on the scene, scaring the entranced Mike away from the scene of the biting, right into Sugar and Zoe.

Zoe, being the kind hearted girl that she is, went up to Mike to see if she could help, only to get grabbed by him. Sugar swiftly kicked Mike in the head, but he stood there, still holding Zoe, unaware of the kick. It wasn’t until Hank ran to her rescue and punched Mike in the face did he release her and fall to the ground, suddenly coming back to reality. Thus, Hank became the “One Punch Wonder” of ETU! As for Mike, he didn’t know anything about the bite or what had happened that night, but still had to be hauled off by the police for the assault.

Dreams continued to haunt their sleep, even through the rough weeks of testing. All made it through unscathed except for Varya, who failed her intro to biology class exam. (Oh no! -2 on your next Testing roll!) They continued to meet with Doctor GlenMac and Jackson and through their conversation they discovered that they were in need of the students help to infiltrate the Raven’s Nest, get some spectral readings, and do a grave speak spell to talk with the spirit that was haunting the Nest. The only problem was that they needed some components in order to do the spell. Gaining sand from a beach (AKA the volleyball team’s outdoor practice court) and cup of alcohol (Varya’s favorite drink of choice) were easily found, but the last item (the brain of a rabid animal) was more difficult to find. Even after they found where to get one, it seemed as if someone else had beat them to it and was collecting items of their own for a spell.

Knowing that there was only one rabid brain that they could find quickly, the group began hunting down the owner of the list, but only found a note on the back of the list that seemed to be the last item needed to complete their spell. They needed a fresh pair of human lungs. The note also said to “hide the cooler behind Justin Dale’s tombstone.” Not wanting to waste time, the team drove out to find the other collector. Nothing was there at first, until screams filled the quiet night. A young lady raced through the tombstones, crying for help, looking beat up and drugged. Our heroes hopped in Sugar’s car to take her to the police station, but all was not as it seemed. Her name was Hazel, and she was the one who was in need of the brain and fresh lungs. Pulling a knife on the group was her first mistake, because who else was in the car but the “one punch wonder” himself, Hank Poorman! With one swift punch (after a small scuffle in the car), Hazel was subdued, taken to the police, and the supplies found in her sorority room.

Sadly, being sidetracked by the lost brain, they didn’t realize that poor Mike was still being zombified every night. Something was still wrong, controlling him every night he went to sleep, so to stop Mike from hurting anyone else, Hank stayed in room with him and helped subdue him. With some hunting and detective skills, they discovered (using the ghost reading device they got from Jackson) that the shrunken head skull was haunted and controlling Mike. With one swift hit from a baseball bat, the skull was crushed and Mike was released from its power.

Now with all the needed components, the students made their way to the Raven’s Nest. With Jackson Green standing guard, the students made their way in to the center of the gym floor. A chill ran through them as whispers filled their ears. The grave speak spell was cast, and right in front of all of them appeared Nina Castle. With a single touch from her hand, every member was shown Nina’s death. Scenes of running from someone, hiding a necklace with a cross in a clamshell in the trophy case, and being burned alive at center court flashed through their minds, and with a single blast, she vanished from sight. Thanks to some research, they knew to look for Nina’s necklace in the 1950s area of the trophy case, and with some swift lock picking and searching, they found the necklace.

As soon as Varya took hold of the necklace, all went dark. No one (including the security guard on duty) could see. Strange jungle sounds filled the air, especially the sound of a jaguar hunting and stalking the group. Things could have gone horribly wrong if they were caught by the guard, but thanks to some quick thinking by Hank, who acted drunk to let everyone else escape, and some quick talking from Sugar, everyone made it out unharmed and un-fined by the university.

Although they now know Nina Castle’s story, they still are left with questions. Who killed Nina? Better yet, why did she need to hide the necklace from her assailant? And is the strange chupacabra still on the loose? Find out next time on ETU: Class of 2020!

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Freshman Year Finals
It's the end of the year, but will it be the end for our heroes?

It's been a long year thus far for you guys, hasn't it?  Strange crap going on everywhere these days! I thought things were nust when I first teamed up with the Doc, but this year is at a whole new level.  Just wanted to tell all of you that it's been good to have some back-up in the "fighting off evil" department. Especially with that last communication with the dead. We couldn't have done it without you guys.

By the way, awesome discovery of the necklace and cross.  As of now, I have yet to uncover a ton of information about the necklace.  The chain looks to be normal, but that cross is nutty. All kinds of patterns on it. Looks to be indian in nature, but I couldn't figure it out.  I did try putting it on the other day to test it out, and just like you said I would, I heard all kinds of crazy jungle sounds and shit.  Too spooky for me, so I passed it on to GlenMac. Maybe he can figure something out.

Since finals are coming up, I also wanted to make sure to wish you all best of luck. I know one of you didn't do so hot last time on your exams, so make sure to study up.  Yes, there will be parties at this time of year, which I say make sure to experience. Even the staff plan sweet parties this time of year. GlenMac and I got invited to this awesome staff party. But honestly, watch your grades. Nothing is worse than having the dean up your ass about your grades. Plus, evil don't stop for study breaks.

- Jackson Green

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Mid Year Testing
Roll your scores!

Mid year tests have happened by now, so we need to do some catching up. Roll your testing skill at home and post your results and a quick word here in the comments.  Did you pass? Or do you fail? 

Third trimester testing will happen first thing when you arrive on Friday. Best of luck.

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Recap of End of Freshman Year Session
Field trips, brujas, and finals....oh my!

After midterms, the students decided it was time for a little needed exploration and relaxation, so they decided to take a quick jaunt down to Mexico to explore some strange Mayan temples that were recently discovered. A quick hop on a bus and two days later, the students ended up in a small town in Mexico only to find out that the teacher they were to meet wasn’t there to greet them. So what did our fearless Freshman do? Some ate tacos, bought knives or trinkets, and some even drank the local poison from the town watering hole. Nothing much happened, but one thing they did discover was that no one wanted them to go to the mountain..because of the “bruja” of the mountain!

Once up the mountain, they discovered the site to be deserted and empty. Where had everyone gone? Through some investigating and quality noticing skills, they discovered writings and drawings of the bruja, which they assumed dispatched the dig site workers. Sadly, there was no time to head back down the mountain due to the setting sun and a truck with no lights, so they all hunkered down for the night until the bruja struck. It attacked poor Doctor Dougherty, drinking his blood. The students (Zoe and Chet in particular) were scared half to death by her deformed body and ugly appearance, but still everyone fought on, finally getting the upper hand and shooting the bruja to dust. Sadly, with no real evidence of the encounter or relics from the strange Mayan temples, not many answers were found to the many questions that plagued our heroes.

After returning, they found that real problems also haunted the students of ETU. Namely, a stalker named Johnny Chaff who was spending all his time watching Chet’s girlfriend’s roommate, Missy. Missy had complained that a boy she liked was hospitalized for bee stings, but found it strange because the bees weren’t local. It also happened after her boy had a talk with Johnny about leaving her alone. It didn’t take long for the gang to hunt him down and give him a stern talking to, but that only angered Johnny. To find out more about him, Molly and Chet broke into his dorm room to see what made this guy so strange, but instead of finding much, they were attacked by a swarm of angry bugs. One fire alarm pull later, they were out of there with some small clues about Johnny’s obsession with bugs.

A frantic call from Jackson Green postponed the “bug boy” hunt. He was in trouble and needed help from the sound of it. Everyone rushed to his rental house, but all they discovered was carnage, blood on the carpet, and more of the strange quills that they had discovered in the past. Police radios alerted them to another sighting of the “boogy man” on campus. Alas, it was poor Missy who was traumatized, but it wasn’t by Johnny this time. It was some sort of creature that she saw near the greenhouses on campus. More blood splatters directed the team to a dilapidated greenhouse full of tropical plants, and there in the back was the Needler, hovering over another victim that was dying at it’s feet. Molly wasted no time pulling her revolver out and leveled it at the monster. “Eat a dick,” she said as she pulled the trigger, releasing the round straight into it’s skull, dropping it dead in one single shot. The victim also died soon after, having been gutted by the monster, and with more investigations, they soon discovered body after body (some old, some new) hidden in the foliage that surrounded them. Glen Mac and the police arrived, hoping to find Jackson, but he was no where to be seen.

Once the area was cleared, by the police, a mysterious fire burned the building to the ground, leaving no evidence of any monster that had haunted the campus over the last year. “Yet another mystery to solve,” thought the young detectives, but the two days later they were surprised by yet another mystery. A package arrived, postmarked the day after Jackson’s disappearance, with no return address. Within it was a black and white group portrait from the 1950’s. One figure stands out to Hank as he recognizes Nina, the young woman who appeared as a ghost to him in the Roost, along with a note that said, “Keep it safe. Keep it secret?”

What secret is it that needs to be kept safe? Are there more of these ghastly quilled monsters lurking around ETU? And what of “bug boy” Johnny? Will he be back to get even with the gang? And is Jackson Green alive or dead?" So many questions plague our heroes, but you’ll have to wait to find out what happens… on your Sophomore Year at ETU!

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