New Traditions and Old Traditions
This year, the homecoming committee is using maroon (and gold) to "Maroon the Marauders." Homecoming events run from October 13–16.
"Homecoming brings the community together," said Christina Geissler, a staff person on the homecoming committee. "Students, faculty, staff, and alumni all celebrate UMD and show off their school spirit.”
This year, the homecoming committee is bringing back some of UMD’s traditions. They are holding a campus decorating contest on Wednesday, Oct. 13, to kickoff homecoming week; cardboard boat races in Rock Pond at Bagley Nature Area at 4:00 pm on Thursday, Oct. 14; and an RSOP 5K Trail Run at 10:00 am on Saturday, Oct. 16.
The festivities also include some new events. A Non-Fire Bonfire is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 14 at 6:00 pm in Ordean Court. “For the first time, we’re doing a hockey tailgate party on Friday night,” said Geissler. "The Saturday football tailgate party will be really special this year, because Famous Dave's is roasting a pig.” A car decorating contest is also scheduled.
The UMD Class of 1960 will celebrate its 50th reunion during homecoming weekend with a number of events including a gathering at the Kitchi Gammi Club on Friday night and a brunch on campus on Saturday morning. For more information about Class of 1960 Reunion events, visit http://www.d.umn.edu/alumni/.
In her second year on the homecoming committee, Lacey Solheid, student coordinator for homecoming, said, "I absolutely love that I am a UMD student, and I can't wait to show that." Solheid believes that more people are getting into school spirit and are participating more in campus events. Last year's events had a higher attendance than expected. She expects a huge turn out this year as well. "I think that this year's freshman class is very enthusiastic about getting involved in UMD," says Solheid.
Sophomore Hannah Mumm, a member of the Student Association, said the football tailgate is amazing. “This year student association wants a student section at the football game. When we’re rowdy and loud, it brings UMD students together,” she said. “One of my favorite things is when the students dress up in weird costumes during homecoming week,” she added Students wear costumes such as Batman and wrestling outfits. Last year, a gorilla and a banana appeared, and someone else wore a chicken costume.
Another feature this year is the "Vote for Bob" campaign. Head Football Coach Bob Nielson is running for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year in NCAA Division II. The award recognizes coaches that best demonstrate excellence, integrity, sportsmanship, and responsibility. Bob needs your daily votes to help him win this prestige award. The voting has already begun and ends Dec. 4. To vote for Bob, visit http://www.coachoftheyear.com/.
Written by Brian Robertson, edited by Kathleen McQuillan-Hofmann