Homecoming fell on a perfect October Saturday where the weather was cool, the sun was shining, and students, families, alumni, and faculty got to mingle with one another. A chance for students to introduce friends of their new home to their family members. A lot of people showed up to University Park to explore what different organizations and clubs were there to showcase.
From Greek life to dance clubs to Program Council, the student-run organizations came to impress. The Comment set up at about 10:45 with help of Carly Mehl, editor-in-chief and Jessie Frazier, sports writer and later to join the party was Lexi Ray, and myself (both staff writers for The Comment.) Arthur Kopellas, creative director, spent relentless late-night hours creating the club banner that was entered in competition as well as the interactive “create your own headline” poster. The poster was designed to be an enlarged edition of The Comment that passersby could create their own headline using Velcro attachable words and then take a photo behind as if to be in an issue of The Comment.
During this event the different clubs, organizations, and charities had raffles, info about the Homecoming events and the campus itself which was found under the BSU Information tent. Along with food trucks, there was a table with apples you could dip in caramel to make your own candy apple that attracted many who were searching for the perfect fall treat. One of the sororities collaborated with charity Love Your Melon and had an activity where you were blind-folded and had to “pin the beanie on Fred Clark” (University President.) I participated in this and came close to putting it on his head. I feel as though this was a neat activity as you learned more about the charity and had fun while doing so.
The President and Vice President came through to check out all the clubs and organizations and to take pictures with students and some of their family members. There was even a parade where BSU cheerleaders, football players, and Bristaco the Bear came through with the live band. More performance featured Kinetic Edge and the Hip Hop dance club in front of the main stage that had a band playing throughout the entire event. After the club dances, winners were announced for the dance competition and raffles.
The fair began to wind down as everyone headed to the football game, clubs packed up their tables and The Comment left with new memories and a feeling of gratitude from humble interactions with alumni of the university who once wrote for The Comment. We appreciate everyone who stopped by to take photos and learn more about who we are. Homecoming Family day and Football game was a lot of fun and a great opportunity for students to network with other students and clubs spreading the word out about joining their club.