Homecoming 2008: Return, Rediscover, Reconnect
BGSU will “rock the block” during this Homecoming week, with events ranging from sports to alumni reunions. Homecoming Kickoff is tonight (Sept. 29) from 7-10 p.m. in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, hosted by student affairs.
All week, offices and public spaces will be showing Falcon spirit as they compete in the Homecoming campus decorating contest. Mascots Freddie and Frieda will judge the offices Thursday (Oct. 2), and the winners will be announced Friday (Oct. 3).
The Homecoming football game is against Eastern Michigan. The Falcons will take on the Eagles at 4 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 4) in Doyt Perry Stadium. Tailgating for the game will be from 2-4 p.m. in Falcon Football Tailgate Park east of the stadium. The Alumni Big BBQ will be held at the same time in the Alumni Association tent in the tailgate park.
The volleyball team has two matches Homecoming weekend, against Ohio University, at 7 p.m. Friday, and Kent State, at 7 p.m. Saturday, both in Anderson Arena.
Before the football game, the Falcon hockey team will face off against Wilfred Laurier University in an exhibition game at noon in the Ice Arena.
Even nonathletes can participate in the annual Freddie and Frieda 5K Fun Walk/Run Saturday morning. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Student Recreation Center. The race starts at 9.
The University Activities Organization (UAO) will throw a party on Tuesday (Sept. 30) to celebrate its 50th birthday. Everyone is invited, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Falcon’s Nest in the Union.
Soulja Boy and Yung Joc will be sure to get the crowd on its feet at the Homecoming Concert Thursday night. Doors to Anderson Arena open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $20 for students and $25 for the general public and are available by calling the Office of Campus Activities at 2-2343. The concert is hosted by the UAO.
The excitement builds on Friday with the Homecoming parade. Marchers step out at 5 p.m. The route goes from Mercer Road to Wooster Street and ends on the University Hall lawn. The lawn will also be the site of the pep rally and royalty crowning, at 6 p.m., after which revelers will move to the stadium’s Parking Lot L for the Rock the Block Falcon Fest, from 6:30-9 p.m. Faculty and staff with University ID will receive a discount on their tickets.
The Black Alumni Homecoming Committee will host a farewell brunch on Sunday (Oct. 5) from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 228 Union.
Movies, plays and music are also part of the week’s events. On Tuesday, movie buffs have their choice of an outdoor showing of “Iron Man,” at 7:30 p.m. at the stadium, or “Nerdcore Rising,” the newest, dorkiest wave of hip-hop, at 7:30 p.m. in the Gish Theater in Hanna Hall. Director Negin Farsad will be on hand for a conversation with the audience after the screening.
Friday brings a guest recital, “Corridors,” by composer and sound artist Alessandro Bossetti, with audio-visual effects by Byron Westbrook. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center.
Mature theatre-goers may attend the dark comedy “Raised in Captivity,” a production of the theatre and film department. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Joe E. Brown Theatre. Single tickets are $12 for students/adults and $5 for senior citizens (over 65). Children’s tickets are not available for this show. Group rates are available. Contact the theatre box office at 2-2719 for more information or to purchase tickets.
A memorial service for Clarence Terry Jr., a BGSU alumnus and former director of the University’s multicultural recruitment, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church, 1526 E. Wooster St. Terry died May 13 after working at BGSU for 35 years.
A “Pie in the Face” auction, from 4-10 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 1) in 228 Union, will benefit a scholarship fund named in Terry’s honor. The auction is sponsored by student affairs and hosted by the Black Alumni Homecoming Committee.
For more details on Homecoming events, times and locations, visit http://homecoming.bgsu.edu.
September 29, 2008