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Homecoming 2010: Paint the Town Gold

Next week is the University's homecoming and I could not be more excited! Especially because this year, I'm on the homecoming committee. Our committee has been planning homecoming events since last March and working hard to get people excited for it. In August, we were at the Minnesota State Fair passing out promotional items such as backpacks, pins, and water bottles to people that stopped by the University of Minnesota booth. During Welcome Week, we announced the artist set to perform at the homecoming concert, Kid Cudi.

Homecoming is a great tradition at the University of Minnesota. It starting in 1914 with the theme "Back to Campus." This year, our theme is "Paint the Town Gold," which is about exemplifying the strength, power, and leadership of the University of Minnesota. There are many events and competitions throughout the week to celebrate our school and our alumni!

Campus-wide scavenger hunt: We are kicking-off homecoming this Friday with the scavenger hunt. Students, staff, and alumni explore campus, traditions, and receive prizes.

Thank-U: Thank-U is an event happening on to celebrate community service. Competition teams are given various service projects to do around campus and the Twin Cities that are relative to the service theme. This year's global service theme is HIV/AIDS awareness and education.

Gopherfest: This is one of the events that I helped coordinate! It is a festival held on our Northrup Mall. There will be food, sumo suits, a Velcro wall, and a dunk tank.

Cheer competition: Teams have been practicing their routines for weeks for the cheer competition. They perform stunts, original cheers, and dance.

Flag football: The flag football tournament is one of the biggest and most competitive events of homecoming.

Lip sync competition: Lip sync is always a ton of fun, and draws a huge crowd. Teams put together a song and dance routine. Students must tell a story with their performance and tie it in with the "Paint the Town Gold" theme.

Parade: Students, staff, families, and alumni gather around University Avenue for the parade. The Greek teams line University Avenue with their house fronts, which are huge pictures that cover the front of their houses made out of tissue paper stuck into chicken wire.

Pep fest: This is the other event that I helped plan. At the pep fest, we will give out awards for the competitions, the band and spirit squad will perform, and we will announce the homecoming royalty. There will also be notable speakers, such as President Bruininks and Joel Maturi (our athletic director).

Concert: Last but not least, the homecoming concert! This is new even for 2010, but we hope it becomes a tradition. Everyone is excited to see American hip-hop artist Kid Cudi perform.

And last but not least...

Football! The Golden Gopher football team will compete with the Northwestern Wildcats to complete the week's activities. Stay tuned into the blog as I cover the events throughout the week!

To learn more about homecoming, visit http://www.homecoming.umn.edu

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