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Homecoming: an all inclusive weekend

by Margaret Stewart - Managing Editor
Tue, Oct 1st 2019 05:20 pm
Before the homecoming football game, Lot U was packed with people waiting in line for food trucks, carnival games and a ferris wheel ride.
Before the homecoming football game, Lot U was packed with people waiting in line for food trucks, carnival games and a ferris wheel ride.

Every fall students settle back into the routine of school and are officially welcomed onto campus over Homecoming Weekend. The College at Brockport’s students, faculty and alumni celebrated homecoming this past weekend from Thursday, Sept. 26 through Saturday, Sept. 28 with a variety of activities. 

Jamie Rowe, a senior at the college enjoys the opportunities students have to be more involved during the weekend. As a sister of Delta Phi Epsilon, Rowe was able to participate more than in years prior.

“I think the best part was being involved in the parade and having a theme to dress up to,” Rowe said. “I walked with Inter Greek Council (IGC), so our theme was Woodstock. It was a lot of fun, especially because the overall parade theme was music which is my favorite thing in the entire world.”

In addition to the annual parade, the Brockport Student Government (BSG) hosts a few events promoting the celebration leading up to the weekend.

Kaitlin Hill, a junior attending the college said she looks forward to these events.

“My favorite part is the free food and the T-shirts,” Hill said. 

Along with the free food which was produced all week, food trucks lined up on Saturday featuring treats like fried dough, Lugia’s Ice Cream and Jimmy Z’s Plates and Shakes for participants to enjoy while playing festival games. 

Brockport junior Seade Murphy Whiteley explained he believes this year’s better experience was due to his seniority at the college. 

“My favorite part was the food trucks,” Murphy Whiteley wrote. “I have gone to only two homecomings — freshman and junior year of college. This year was different because I know the college and how everything works better.”

While more traditional carnival games like High Striker, the hammer game, were available, there was also the ever popular ferris wheel that gave people a bird’s eye view of the entire festival.

“I went my freshman year but not last year,” Hill said. “My favorite part was the ferris wheel and watching the dance team perform.”

While many look forward to watching the Golden Eagles dominate the competition on game-day, an equal number of people head to the game in order to watch Brockport Dance Team take center field at halftime.

However, after half-time the stands began to clear out which Rowe was disappointed by.

“My least favorite part was the game getting rained on and watching a lot of the crowd at the football game leave after halftime,” Rowe said. “I’m not sure why so many people left after halftime, my friends said it might be because of the dance team, like a lot of people come to support them but maybe too it could be because Brockport was doing really, really well against Alfred and people thought they didn’t need to see the rest of the game.”

Regardless, the weekend was better organized than in years prior and as a result seemed to be better attendance. 

Of course, having homecoming double as Family and Alumni Weekend helps ensure a larger crowd and many of the events were centered around these guests. The biggest events for alumni this weekend included the 50th class reunion of class of 1969, the Tree Dedication Ceremony for the classes of 1969 and 2019 and the Hartwell Society Brunch and Induction Ceremony for alumni of 50 or more years.

“I like that it doubles with family weekend because it’s honestly so cute to see parents and grandparents and little siblings come to the game or the parade,” Rowe said. “That was probably one of the top things for me.”

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