Students encouraged to ‘Treat Yourself to Homecoming 2010’

Whether or not you are an alumnus of Marietta College, Homecoming is a busy and exciting time to be on campus. Although the weekend of Homecoming is primarily dedicated to alumni, the week leading up is all about the current students.

“From a student perspective, I would say that Homecoming is a chance for all of the student organizations to show the campus community the pride they have in their own organizations,” said Karlie Graf ’12 (Akron, Ohio), Campus Traditions Chair of CUB. “I also believe that Homecoming is a time for students, faculty, and alumni to express their pride for Marietta College and what it stands for.”

This year’s 2010 Homecoming week kicks off Monday, Oct. 25 with a pennant competition. Pennants are due at 7 p.m. and there is also BINGO at 8 p.m. in the Gathering Place complete with prizes relating to Halloween and Marietta College.

In honor of Homecoming falling on Halloween, Tuesday night consists of “Carve your Candidate.” It is essentially a pumpkin carving contest to see who can do the best carving of their candidate on a pumpkin.

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Student activities begin Monday, Oct. 25 and continue every day until Saturday, Oct. 30.

The traditional Munchies on the Mall is Wednesday, Oct. 27. Munchies is a chance for organizations to make snacks to the theme of Homecoming for the student body to enjoy. This event is held on Christy Mall starting at 6 p.m. In case of inclement weather the event will be held indoors.

At 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 28, will be the Candidate Croon. This event is held in the Gathering Place at 8 p.m. It is a chance to sell your Homecoming candidate to other students in the form of a short skit.

On both Thursday, Oct. 28, and Friday, Oct. 29, at lunch and dinner there will be a chance to vote for the Homecoming king and queen. Voting is open to all students.

The annual Cheer Competition starts at 7 p.m. Friday with the football team in attendance. Organizations prepare a cheer to motivate the players. There will be food provided.

Saturday is the Homecoming parade at 11:45 a.m. Organizations build floats following the theme and then display them in the parade. The organizations participating either ride on the float or march alongside through Marietta.

To conclude the student festivities, there is the football game against Ohio Northern at 1:30 p.m. at Don Drumm Stadium. The Homecoming king and queen are announced at halftime of the game.

Homecoming is a time not only for the alumni but a time of celebration for our students,” said David Travis, Director of Student Activities and Greek Life. “The friendly competition that is part of the week leading up to Homecoming weekend is fun for everyone. The College Union Board spends a lot of time and energy making sure that students have fun not just for those organizations participating but for all students that want to come out and watch.”

All student organizations are eligible to participate whether or not they have a candidate. Student organizations are allowed to participate in even just one or two events. There are packets available in the Student Life office in Andrews Hall. They are due by noon, Friday, Oct. 8 to be eligible.