Volume 95, Issue 18

Tuesday, October 2, 2001
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Brown: "Waterloo still sucks"

By Leena Kamat
Gazette Staff

Despite the crushing defeat Western's football team experienced Saturday, students and alumni enjoyed Homecoming weekend like no others had before them.

With the theme of Mardi Gras widely embraced by all, Homecoming week was a huge success, said Wes Brown, VP-student affairs for the University Students' Council.

The Homecoming parade was especially popular, with many students grabbing beads and candy thrown to them from passing floats, he said. "The parade was one of the most successful in recent years."

A few changes to Homecoming week resulted in increased participation by the student body. The week was shortened and lasted from Wednesday to Saturday, Brown explained. "People used to feel tired and drawn out with a week full of activities," he said.

The Spoke and The Wave had busy nights from Wednesday onwards, said Dan Smith, manager of both venues.

On Saturday starting at noon, The Spoke was full of alumni and students having pre-game get togethers, Smith said. The turnout to the Homecoming events at the campus bars exceeded expectations, which he attributed to the Mardi Gras theme.

There were no live band at The Wave this year, but that did not seem to affect patrons, Smith said. "A part of Homecoming is going back to the old bars, not necessarily seeing a live band.

"It was really neat to see the old [students] and the new come together," he added.

CHRW 94.7, Western's radio station, hosted a reunion as a celebration of being on air for 20 years, said Kaarlo Koskiala, news and sports director for CHRW.

Alumni reminisced on the air with current radio station volunteers, Koskiala said. "I found, personally, the most satisfying part of the weekend was the interaction and mingling between the alumni and the current staff," she said.

Losing the football game to the Waterloo Warriors put a damper on Western's spirit and this might have affected the turnout at the official USC victory parties, Brown explained.

"Win or lose, Waterloo still sucks," Brown said. "People enjoyed the fact that they go to Western and didn't have to go back to Waterloo."

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