Welcome home again
By Emmett Macfarlane
Homecoming 2002 kicks-off today and Western organizers have come up with the perfect theme for our university: the Western Rodeo.
"We start today and we go straight through to Saturday," said University Students' Council VP-student affairs Lil Chieh. This year's Homecoming team has done a great job in preparing for the annual event, she added.
Chieh said she thought the rodeo theme provided a refreshing change.
This year's Homecoming will be particularly exciting, according to USC Homecoming commissioner Phil Andros.
"We wanted something we could promote and be distinct," Andros said of this year's theme.
Jim Etherington, president of Western's Alumni Association, said the foundation of Homecoming is the return of alumni to their alma mater. The number of sold out events and the fact that 10,000 people show up are indicative of Homecoming's success, he said.
"People feel it is important to support the university. They realize government grants have not kept [up with] growth," Etherington said.
An array of events highlight the week, Andros explained.
"On Wednesday, there's the King and Queen competition at The Wave," Andros said, adding the doors open at 9 p.m. and the event will feature many prizes.
The Western Stampede Pub will take place at The Wave on Thursday at 9 p.m.. "The Wave is going to be transformed into the coolest western theme you've ever seen," Andros said, noting the pub will feature giveaways, including horseback riding for two. A $3 cover will be charged.
Friday features float building at the Springett parking lot starting at 2 p.m. and includes a survivor challenge at 6 p.m..
The big day is Saturday, Andros said, beginning with the Homecoming parade which starts at 10 a.m. at Centennial Hall. The Mustangs are scheduled to beat the McMaster Marauders at 2 p.m., followed by the annual Victory Party to be held at The Wave at 9 p.m.. Tickets for the football game are available at the USC Front in the University Community Centre for $7.
The Victory Party will feature a "show me your badge" motif, Andros said. People with red badges will be identified as taken (already with someone), yellow badges will represent unsure (or those hiding the truth) and green badges will identify the single (and/or lonely).
Andros said a pair of Toronto Maple Leafs tickets will be up for grabs that night as well.