Volume 95, Issue 16

Thursday, September 27, 2001
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Homers come home for Homecoming

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'Forgotten purple' find home with USC

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Homers come home for Homecoming

By Lizanor Barrera
Gazette Writer

It's Homecoming time again at Western and this year's theme of Mardi Gras promises to make festivites bigger and better than ever.

A lot of planning and preparations have gone into making this Homecoming a successful one, said Wes Brown, University Students' Council VP-student affairs.

"If Orientation is a time when we learn to call residences, faculties and/or affiliates home, then Homecoming is a time when everyone around Western calls this university home," Brown said.

But, let's not forget about the football. "Homecoming football at Western is unique and known throughout the nation. Students, players and alumni are asked across the country about our Homecoming because of the energy, enthusiasm and size of crowds that attend. We are recognized coast-to-coast," said Larry Haylor, head coach of the Mustangs football team.

Nearly 13,000 tickets have been sold for the game thus far. Haylor said he encourages those unfamiliar with Western Homecoming to come out and promises no one will be turned away.

"The student side of 2,000 tickets is already sold out, but extra bleachers will be kept in the stadium for Homecoming and tickets for those seats will be available for $11.50," said Dane Kalinic, the USC's Homecoming commissioner.

The festivities began last night at The Wave, where a competition was held to select the king and queen of Homecoming 2001. "A panel of five judges [chose] a king and queen based on the contestants' abilities to show [their] shade of purple," he said.

Members of the Western community are invited to attend a masquerade party at The Wave on Thursday, complete with masks, Mardi Gras beads and the tunes of MC Prankster.

Float-building for the Homecoming Parade takes place on Friday at the Springett parking lot. Pop, snacks and a series of Survivor challenges will be offered to entice people to come out.

Saturday features the 72nd Annual Homecoming Parade, which begins at Centennial Hall at 10 am..

"There's real excitement around this year's Homecoming," Brown said. "Dane and the staff, as well as myself, urge Westerners to come out all week and show their purple spirit and earn some beads along the way."

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