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Happy 70th Birthday: Homecoming 2019

Last weekend, campus was offering a wide variety of events for students, alums.

By Keila Funez, Staff Writer

From Friday, Oct. 4 to Sunday, Oct. 6, HU will have its annual homecoming.

The main events will start on Friday with homecoming chapel at 11:00 a.m. in Zurcher Auditorium, where three alumni awards will be presented. Dinner and coronations will start at 5:00 p.m., followed by Davis Hall Follies at the Zurcher Auditorium. The doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and the show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Once the show is over, there will be fireworks over Lake Sno-Tip around 9:15 p.m.

Saturday morning will start with 5k run/walk starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Merillat Complex (PLEX). An hour and a half later, at 10:00 a.m., the parade will begin. It will be leading the party to the quad, where the championship Powderpuff game will take place. There will also be food trucks and other activities, including class and department reunions. At 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., the Troupe will perform at the Studio Theater in Merillat Centre for the Arts.

Compared to other years, there will be a new event this year. At 4:15 p.m. the Class of 2017 will be revealing the sculpture they purchased to be placed on campus. At 6:15 p.m. in the Dining Commons, the professor of the year, Dr. Rebekah Benjamin, will be presenting about the research she has conducted. Lastly, John Branyan, a Christian comedian, will have a show at 7:30 p.m. in Zurcher Auditorium.

There will also be sports events in the PLEX. On Friday at 4:00 p.m. the HU Volleyball team will play against Manchester University. On Saturday at 10:30 p.m., JV Men’s Soccer will play against Taylor University, and at 1:00 p.m. Women’s soccer will also play against Taylor University.

Danielle Shafer, the Director of Alumni Relations and Engagement since July 15, shared about her favorite Homecoming event. 

“As a student, I very much liked Davis Hall Follies, and in all of my years at Huntington, I have only ever missed one,” Shafer said. 

Shaffer graduated from HU in 2010 and was an Admissions Counselor from 2010 to 2012; she was also the resident director of Hardy Hall from 2012 to 2017.

Ali Everett, one of the resident assistants of Roush 3rd, is looking forward to Powderpuff the most. For her, it is an event where she has made new friends which she treasures a lot.

“It is my favorite thing about homecoming,” Everett said. “It brings together girls who live on the same floor and brings together girls who do not usually do athletic things to try new things.”

Everett also said that her favorite experience every year is the announcement of Olympiad teams since it gets people hyped up. 

“As an RA, it helps me know what other floors we get to work alongside, what color to start thinking of names for,” she said.

Students should expect a lot of things going on starting Friday morning ending on Saturday night. There will always be something taking place on campus.  

“We want Homecoming to be a time where students feel proud and excited to be part of HU,” Shafer said. For this homecoming, let’s enjoy the events at HU and feel prouder of being a Forester.

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