BSU Community Prepares for Homecoming ’23

With Homecoming right around the corner, the yearly questions from curious students about what Homecoming really means to people and what it’s all about arise once again. Alexis Rawell works in Alumni Relations here at BSU and is a major part of Homecoming planning. Rawell sat down with The Comment to discuss the importance of Homecoming and what events to expect for this year’s celebration. At the end of the day, Rawell believes that bringing together the whole BSU community of students, alumni, and families is the most important part of Homecoming. Keeping BSU open to alumni and families matters because, “the whole point of Homecoming is to garner connection for alumni, and it simultaneously becomes an experience for current students to enjoy— connecting with their families and showing off what BSU has to offer.”

BSU is very dedicated to making sure Homecoming is an event to remember, with a full Homecoming committee that meets year-round to ensure they can maximize time spent on the event. The football game is what “really drives” the tradition, according to Alexis. Varying sport teams host tailgating events with a large tent off-field, set up by the Alumni office. It is commonly referred to as the “rathskeller,” a place where food and drinks are served, along with mini games, a photo booth, and a ten-piece band. Tailgating spots are available for teams or other groups or organizations to buy, and the proceeds go to supporting the BSU food pantry run by the Bears Who Care organization on campus.

In preparation for the football game against Westfield State, there will be a surplus of events around campus for students and alumni alike. Friday, October 20, is when most of the alumni events will occur. There will be two class socials; one hosted for the class of 1963 and another for the class of 1968. The former will take place in East Campus Commons, with the latter being hosted in Weygand 1047. A 50th year reunion for the class of 1973 will also be hosted, taking place in the Dunn Conference Suite. Spirit Night, a large event for students, student families, and alumni, will take place later that evening in University Park. Bristico’s Block Party, Trolley Tours, and family-student brunch are only a fraction of what to expect. Though Homecoming is a weekend full of exciting events and extravagance, it is important to consider the work that goes into fostering the tradition and carrying it on through the years.

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