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Monmouth College dreams big for Homecoming

October 21, 2011

Joe Florio/The Courier - Freshman Korri Crawford helps construct the Kappa Kappa Gamma float for Satuday’s Homecoming parade. Kappa built the float in a shed at the Warren County Memorial Cemetery, owned by sophomore Kappa Member Claire McGuire’s father, Al McGuire.

Homecoming at Monmouth College has students dreaming big this year as tradition meets innovation. Starting Friday and continuing over the weekend, students as well as faculty and alumni will be engaged in a homecoming celebration like never before.

Several homecoming events are already under way. Thursday, 16 teams participated in the first ever corn toss tournament. Friday, many organizations are earning their first rounds of points as judges have been busy selecting winning homecoming banners and tallying up donations for the coat drive.

Danielle Tucker, the director for the Association for Student Activity Programming (ASAP), has been planning homecoming since last spring. ASAP members chose the theme “ Dream Big” to coordinate with the theme the Alumni Office is using for its funding campaign and to appeal to students.

“People come to college to achieve their dreams,” Tucker said. “We wanted to ask students what they dream of.”

Students have been doing more than just achieving their own dreams by donating old jackets to help the people of Moldova. The Coat Drive competition gives the winning organization points towards winning homecoming as well as a check worth $100.

Jennifer Priske, the public relations chair for Alpha Xi Delta, has been working on getting donations for the coat drive. Priske believes the coat drive was a great addition to the homecoming celebration.

“A lot of sisters have given me garbage bags full of coats,” said Priske. “I think this is an important competition, because we are helping out children who are orphans. They are in need of coats, because the winters are terribly cold in Moldova.”

Friday will also wrap up  with Spirit Shout, which will include dancing and the coronation of the Homecoming king, queen, prince and princess.

Danielle Kita, last year’s Homecoming princess, is excited to be in the running for queen this year.

“I am super pumped about being nominated,” she said. “It was awesome to win Princess last year, and I would be even more stoked to win Queen this year!”

Jennifer Wheeler, who was also nominated for Homecoming Queen, is honored to be nominated at a school where she has had many memories.

“I have had some of my best memories during my years at Monmouth,” said Wheeler. “This is just another one to add to the books.”

Joining Kita and Wheeler in the race for homecoming Queen are seniors Jackie Deskovich, Samantha Jagust and Brooke Twohill.

Senior Jeff Budlove, was also excited to be included in the 2011 homecoming court. Budlove mentioned that the homecoming parade is one of his favorite events of the year.

“I think it’s awesome that I was nominated and really appreciate the chance to be king,” said Budlove. “With either outcome, I’m happy to even be considered among the great people who were also nominated.”

Other nominations for Homecoming King include John Cayton, Kevin Ross, Jon Welty and Alex Woods.

Junior prince and princess nominations include Pat Corrigan, Will Deuerling, Matt Shumaker, Roy Sye, Casey Walker, Kim Boyd, Maggie Derry, Amy Kerulis, Kim Kleczewski and Kelsey Lewis.

During Spirit Shout, organizations typically celebrate by performing dances. This year, sophomore Courtney Jonsson helped bring a new twist to the traditional dance performances.

“Students donated money to the faculty or staff member they wanted to see dance at the Spirit Shout,” Jonsson said. “I thought this would be a good way to raise money for Autism, as well as give the students something new to look forward to at the Spirit Shout. Sandy [Russell-Corbin], the mail lady, is the winner of our competition, and our second place winner was Billy Bernard.  They both will be dancing at the Spirit Shout on Friday.”

On Saturday, the annual Homecoming parade will begin at 11 a.m. on Broadway.

After the parade, the Fighting Scots will face the Beloit College Buccaneers at 1 p.m.

Saturday evening, students are invited to listen to the Monmouth College Chorale’s Concert in Dahl Chapel at 7:30 p.m.

Homecoming schedule

Friday Oct. 21:
• Donations for Coat Drive for Moldova — last day. Turn in coats by 5 p.m. to ASAP office
• Banner contest — judging at 3 p.m.
• Spirit Shout with dance and royalty crowning — 8:30 p.m. at football field
• Faculty decorating contest

Saturday Oct. 22:
• Parade — 11 a.m. on Broadway                      
• Football game MC vs. Beloit College 1 p.m.
• Homecoming Choir Concert presented by Chorale 7:30-9 p.m. in Dahl

Stevie Croisant and Ashley Szabo
Copy/Layout Editor and Contributing Writer

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