February 5, 2013

UNO Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Homecoming Week

The University of New Orleans enjoys pomp and circumstance this week as Homecoming Week arrives in full swing. Homecoming Week, which runs Monday, Feb. 4 through Thursday, Feb. 7, includes a basketball bonanza and rolls out alongside the University’s favorite parade: Krewe of UNO. Surrounding fun and festivities have been planned by the UNO Student Activities Council, which boasts the motto “Fun Happens Here.”

The theme for Homecoming Week 2013 is “Motion Picture Privateers.” Roll ‘em!

Festivities began on Monday, Feb. 4 with a free breakfast on the quad. Spirited SAC members and other student leaders distributed a schedule of Homecoming Week events. UNO President Peter J. Fos, who is also a UNO alumnus, attended the breakfast. He wished students well as they enjoy the week of fun and festivities.

At lunchtime on Monday, students gathered again in the quad, some dressed as their favorite comedy characters. Nominees for this year’s Homecoming Court made appearances and will be interviewed by the SAC regarding their aims and qualifications. Voting runs Monday through Thursday, Feb. 4-7. Candidates include undergraduate students: Adley Murphy-Mejia, Alvin White, Amanda McGilvray, Brandy Campbell, Chase Hukins, Kate Donsback, Mike McCabe, Brandan Bonds, Blake Edwards and Emily Srofe.

Teams of students received buckets of water-soluble chalk and cans for spray paint, then decorated the sidewalks and grass with Homecoming spirit. Colorful messages including information about Homecoming events, Saturday’s basketball game against the EPSA Cobras and other Homecoming Week events now line UNO pathways, as do spirited shout-outs such as “Go UNO!” or “Let’s go, Privateers!”

The Monday Night Homecoming Kick-Off centered around a talent show held at 7 p.m. at The Cove. Students came dressed as their favorite comedy characters and performances ran the gamut, including lip-sync performances, dance routines and air band performances.

Today’s event is a banner competition in which students prepare action-themed homecoming banners to display on Saturday at Pan American Stadium, as UNO basketball takes on the EPSA Cobras.

Tonight, students will participate in a traditional bonfire and pep rally designed to show support for the UNO basketball teams, who will be present. SAC will provide a massive woodpile for burning and snacks for enjoyment. The event will take place at 7 p.m. in The Cove parking lot.

“The Homecoming Basketball Game is what Homecoming is all about!,” according to SAC student leaders.

Wednesday, also known as Game Day, kicks off with the fourth annual Krewe of UNO Homecoming Parade, which rides at 12:15 p.m. Students, faculty, staff and administrators will participate as walkers or bikers, drive spirit vehicles or ride on traditional floats. The parade rolls through campus streets, bringing spirit and good cheer and ending up at the UNO Lakefront Arena, where the fun continues with tailgating and live music, starting at 2 p.m.

From the tailgate, students will enter the UNO Lakefront Arena for a basketball doubleheader. The women’s basketball team faces off against Murray State at 5 p.m.  The men’s team plays Texas-Pan American at 7 p.m.

Students have organized in teams to show their spirit during Homecoming week and are asked to bring a valid UNO student ID card to Homecoming events to receive attendance points, according to SAC leaders.

Game Day is the biggest spirit event of the week and every team’s spirit will be assessed by the SAC Executive Board for points at the game. For spirit points, teams can dress in costume or show spirits through cheers, chants, signs, songs, pom-poms or other accessories.

The University’s Homecoming Court 2013 will be crowned at a ceremony during halftime, according to the SAC, and the winners of Homecoming Week will be announced immediately following the men’s game.

The week of fun culminates in a Homecoming dance at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7 in the University Center ballroom. Students are asked to dress in attire related to classic films. For fun, the night includes a costume contest. Attendance is free. SAC promises a DJ and light refreshments.

To learn more about Homecoming Week events, visit the SAC website >>