Published in the Oct. 26, 2016 issue
As October draws to a close, one major event comes closer and closer — an event that serves to celebrate those who created the school’s legacy and to welcome them back to campus with the sole intention of honoring them.
Homecoming is a week-long celebration leading up to the rivalry game versus Hardin-Simmons University. This week-long event included a “Taste of Belton,” the “Full House dance,” and “Family game night,” among others.
The first of the homecoming celebrations occurred in 1909 and has since taken place in either the fall or the spring. Over the years, it has become tied to football, meaning it happens in the fall, in either late September or early October. Alumni and students alike attend to cheer on the Cru football team.
Events were held every day of the week and included games, giveaways, and concerts. These are organized and executed by the Homecoming Steering Committee, the team that puts brainpower and hard work together to plan everything that happens during this anticipated celebration.
“Homecoming was incredible. They did an awesome job putting on events throughout the week to get students excited. I loved all of the events leading up to Saturday,” said freshman elementary education major Jackee Lawrence.
Beginning Sunday night with the Color Clash on the Rec fields, Homecoming week started off strong.
Twitter feeds were flooded with pictures of students covered from head-to-foot in powder paint and grinning from ear-to-ear.
Monday featured a mass tank top giveaway, followed by pictures on King Street, and wrapped up with the “Taste of Belton,” where restaurants from the area served some of their signature menu items.
On Tuesday, students were invited to King St. once more to make themselves a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in the middle of the day, and to come back that night to dance those calories off at the “Full House Dance.”
Wednesday showed us that UMHB students definitely know how to “Hit the Quad.” The day’s events included lawn bowling, ladder golf, pumpkin painting, and board games during the “Family Game Night” event.
Thursday included the first performance of one of the most anticipated parts of homecoming week: Stunt Night. This event is put on by representatives from each of the four classes. Each group is given a theme, which they take and create an original skit.
“Stunt night is an absolute blast to be a part of,” junior chemistry major Ashley Hastings said. “I’ve gotten to know so many people from my class that I wouldn’t have known otherwise. Our rehearsals are so much fun that the commitment never felt like a burden. I really love getting to share this experience with my fellow juniors.”
This year the theme was Pixar, so the freshman class representatives put Nemo from Finding Nemo in the context of being overwhelmed in college.
The sophomores used The Incredibles to teach everyone that school spirit is important when a villain sporting the name Hardin-Syndrome is causing trouble where none is needed at homecoming. The junior class put on a dance battle between characters from the Toy Story trilogy. And the seniors put on a touching performance about moving on once the college journey is over, using the film Up.
The performances took place again on Friday, and were accompanied by the announcement of Homecoming King and Queen, Wesley Bailey and Abby Portilla. Friday also included a pep rally, followed by the lighting of the letters, fireworks, and a carnival.