Homecoming: A week to show that you care

“Hail to Sam Houston, School we love best, Mighty in battle, True to the test, Bearkats so loyal, Ever we’ll be. Orange and white will lead Us to victory!”

I bet that as a Sam Houston State University student you didn’t know that was a part of the school’s Alma Mater. However, there’s no better time to learn then now during the school’s homecoming week.

Homecoming is done a little differently here as Sam than you might remember from high school. It is a week-long event including many different activities leading up the big and finale of a football game.

Monday kicked off the beginning of the 2014 Homecoming Week, and from what I can tell, this year’s homecoming is going to go out with bang. This year’s theme is the Great Katsby, a play on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book “The Great Gatsby”.

If you don’t love the 20’s or The Great Gatsby then you’re wrong, and you need to go do something with your life. But seriously, why wouldn’t you love the era of great jazz music, great fashion (have you seen some of those dresses? And those headbands were to die for) and prohibition (or lack thereof. You’re a college student, we know what you do on the weekends)?

Tomorrow is the Sam Jam Carnival at 7 p.m. in the Holleman Field Parking Lot—be sure to check that out, I hear it’s always a good time. Not to mention, it’s free, and it’s a carnival. Uhm, why aren’t you going to be there again?

The homecoming parade takes place on Thursday all throughout Sam Houston Avenue beginning at 6:30 p.m. This is where all the floats come into the picture. If anything, this is the one thing I recommend checking out because the floats are entertaining.

Friday is the showing of the homecoming movie, and they’re showing, wait for it… The Great Gatsby. The event starts at 6 p.m. and will take place in the Lowman Student Center Theatre, and I mentioned before, you’re wrong if you’re not a fan. Finally, the most anticipated event (at least from what I’ve heard), is the football game. Your SHSU Bearkats play McNeese State at Bowers Stadium on Saturday at 3 p.m. Prior to the game, there will be tailgating event at Bearkat Alley starting at 1 p.m.

While the school-planned activities are great to be a part of, there are also the student planned activities to take into consideration. On Monday, there was the Bearkat Block Party in the Domino’s parking lot, and Midnight Pancakes at The Forum. Tonight is The Kickoff at Baby Fairgrounds (not entirely sure what that entails. Play it safe and bring condoms just in case). On Wednesday it’s Ladies Night Out at The Fox, Thursday is The Pretty Knock Owt, and Friday is the most exciting event (at least, according to me) the SHSUBIGA Rave taking place the Walker County Fairgrounds.

Honestly, I think I’m more excited about the whole Great Gatsby theme more than anything else. Will you judge me if I show up to class dressed in one of those cute flappers with a fancy headband?

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