Volume 91, Issue 22

Friday, October 3, 1997

Sock it to the loo


View-Master: Homecoming Hoopla

1963: Spirits were high after Saturday's football game when Western Alumni floated up to Thames Hall for the annual round of coffee, donuts and old friends. After the donut dunk, many headed for one of the 24 class reunions held around the city.

1977: Parking gates, building signs and fire alarms again fell prey to vandals during Western's homecoming weekend. Twenty-four of the 25 parking gates were smashed.

1982: The Homecoming football game was unexpectedly capped by snow this year – causing Mustang fans to flee the chilly stands in search of cozy shelter.

1986: In anticipation of a rowdy, alcohol and party-filled Homecoming weekend, the University Students' Council, for the first time ever, launched a $2,000 media campaign to avoid the "recurrence of large, unruly parties that have marred previous Homecomings" and inform students of the legal charges they could face as the result of these parties.

1984: London Police were forced to resort to riot gear and tear gas on Friday night to disperse over 1,200 people from a Homecoming party. "We seldom use it [tear gas] but it was either that or we go in and start clubbing students," said Inspector John Robinson.

1988: "This is the first time in a few years that no one got hurt [during the parade]," said the University Students' Council homecoming commissioner. "This year it was safer because we stressed that there be no alcohol involved with the floats." At the same time, it was estimated that beer sales were up 50 per cent more than other weekends.

1996: Ten students were busted this Homecoming weekend when police laid charges under the Liquor Control Act, but in total, there were over 80 liquor incidences reported on the weekend, along with other noise violations. Local bar establishments saw a boost in business this year as patrons waited in lengthy lineups – especially at The Ceeps, where lines formed before 4 p.m..

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