Last week was a very busy and fun-filled week at the University of Minnesota. The memories from homecoming 2010, "Paint the Town Gold," will go down in U of M history. It was extra special for me this year because I was on the committee that helped plan the events!
The homecoming festivities started on Friday, October 1, with the scavenger hunt. Students traveled around campus to find artifacts, take pictures, and perform tasks, all related to the U of M.
Our second event, Thank U, was held on Sunday, October 3. Teams of students did various service projects around the Twin Cities to thank the greater community for supporting the U of M. The service projects were centered around cultivating HIV/AIDS awareness and education.
The homecoming kick-off event, Gopherfest, was held on Monday on Northrop Plaza. We had free pizza, games, and prizes. Gopherfest also included the T-shirt swap, in which students brought old t-shirts to be given to a clothing drive in the exchange for a new homecoming t-shirt.
The Cheer Competition was also on Monday. Teams from various student groups across the University of Minnesota showed off their school spirit and talents on stage in the Superblock. Big Ten network star, Melanie Collins, was one of the judges along with U of M spirit squad coaches. Check out this video from Big Ten Network about the Cheer Competition (featuring our very own Admissions Ambassadors!).
Tuesday night we held a flag football tournament. Teams brought their "A-game" to Bierman Field for some fun and friendly competition. The Big Ten network joined us again, this time to help coach the Admissions Ambassadors. Check out this video from Big Ten Network about U of M Flag Football.
There was a blood drive on Wednesday in Coffman Memorial Union. All donations were given to the American Red Cross. The Lip Sync Competition was also on Wednesday. This was an exciting night for me because I was an emcee! Teams showed off their dance moves while the other emcees and I got the crowd going with the Minnesota Rouser.
First place Lip Sync team: The Golden Ticket
Friday was the highlight of my homecoming week. It started out with a great U of M tradition, the homecoming parade, on University Avenue. The parade featured our alumni marching band, student groups, and even Mayor R.T. Rybak. Here is a video from last year's parade to give you an idea of what it's all about:
After the parade, students and alumni gathered on Gateway Plaza in front of McNamara Alumni Center for the pepfest. During the pepfest, we gave out awards to the top teams in every division of the competitions and also announced the 2010 homecoming king and queen. The pepfest ended with a speech from our athletic director Joel Maturi, a performance by the marching band and spirit squad, and a blast of fireworks!
Following the pepfest, 7,000 students crowded Williams Arena to see famous hip-hop artist, Kid Cudi. He was a great performer and it was an awesome concert. Hopefully the homecoming concert will become a long-lasting tradition at the U of M.
Kid Cudi on stage at Williams Arena
There was a football game Saturday to cap off the week. The Gophers put up a good fight, but weren't able to defeat the Wildcats this time. Students and alumni still cheered their hardest and showed off their Golden Gopher pride.
Homecoming continues to get better and better with each coming year. I'm looking forward to coming back as an alumna!