Hooked on Mustangs works for me
By Alison Stolz
"Yeah, I'm excited. Yeah, I'm going to get drunk. Yeah, Western
is going to kick some ass."
These are the three most common sentiments of Western students
when asked about this year's Homecoming. While many are still
scrambling to buy tickets for the football game, Homecoming
staff have donned their purple and white sweatsuits in preparation.
Meanwhile, the Purple Spur club, the self-anointed "Spirit of
Western," is promoting the game through ticket sales to their
"It's a chance for Western to get together and prove to other
schools that we're better than them," said administrative and
commerical studies student and Homecoming staff member Matthew
Krofchick believes Homecoming is not just a time for first
year students to celebrate Western, but for all upper-year students
to show their pride as well. It's a perfect opportunity to attend
some of the year's best parties, such as the victory party Saturday
night at The Spoke.
Purple Spur co-president Shawn Gibson assures his spirited
group will be causing a ruckus and partying all day at The Spoke.
"Homecoming is a time that students can show their spirit, love
and passion for Western."
Gibson says he hopes to see everyone on campus cheering for
the Mustangs at Saturday's game.
"With this year being the 125th anniversary for Western, it
is even more exciting to celebrate our Western pride," said
third-year history student Evan Krofchick, adding he loves seeing
the whole school come together with spirit no matter what they
do. "There is just something about watching the Mustangs kick
ass. What the hell is a Gee-Gee anyways."
Students are not the only ones displaying their pride for Western
this weekend. As with any Homecoming, it is also a time for
alumni to return and show their Mustang pride is still alive.
Fourth-year political science student Adam Minielly said he
is excited for his parents' return to their alma mater. "It's
a good time for [alumni] to come back and watch the game. Hopefully
it will be a nice day."
Third-year history student Steven Cole sees the weekend as
a chance to unwind after the stress of settling into school
"It's a chance for us to get together with friends, get in
touch with the Western community and get connected to the London
community," Cole said, adding his parents are also coming to
watch the game and show their support.
Even though Western hasn't been victorious in previous years,
there is a general feeling in the air that somehow this year
will be different. As Matthew put it: "I am so excited for the
game that I can't even express my feelings. Ever since my very
first Mustang football game four years ago, I've been hooked."