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Spirit Shout, Gala among weekend highlights

October 11, 2013

“Roll out the Red” has been echoing throughout the halls of Monmouth College as students, faculty and staff eagerly await this year’s Homecoming celebrations. Amidst the buzz and excitement, students focus on impending mid-terms and the promise of a well-deserved fall break. The day to “Roll out the Red” has finally arrived and the events are soon to begin.

Oct. 11-13 will include events such as the President’s Homecoming Gala, Spirit Shout, class reunions and a parade. Association for Student Activity Programming (ASAP) Scots Co-Chair Brinton Vincent is responsible for much of the planning that goes into the Homecoming festivities, as well as his fellow co-chairs Sarah Timm and Celina Gonzalez. Vincent said that he is looking forward to the Spirit Shout as well as welcoming back MC alumni.

“I’m looking forward to the Spirit Shout the most. Even though I will be officially passing down my reign as Homecoming king, I am excited to see everyone having a ton of fun and getting pumped for the game on Saturday,” said Vincent via email.

Jim Fry, assistant director of campus events, is also looking forward to the Spirit Shout.

“This year I am most looking forward to having our students take part and also come out and watch the Spirit Shout. It is a chance for students to kick off Homecoming weekend and have some fun. There will be dances and shouts by individual groups and also a special tug-of-war competition between the women’s sports teams. Also, winners will be announced from the banner competition, spirit shout and homecoming royalty… with fireworks to close the evening. It should be a great time,” said Fry via email.

Before the Spirit Shout begins, however, there are a number of other events taking place today. The Meaning of Life Lunch, hosted by the Sam Thompson Society, kicks off the day at 12 p.m. in the Weeks House. Shortly following, the fifth annual Midwest Matters Symposium will take place at 1 p.m. in Dahl Chapel. Roger Thurow, the keynote speaker, is the senior fellow for global agriculture and food policy at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Before joining the Council in January 2010 Thurow spent three decades at the Wall Street Journal.

As Thurow’s presentation comes to a close, the Kieft Hall Dedication, President’s Homecoming Gala, Hall of Achievement and class reunion receptions take place, leading up to the Spirit Shout at 9 p.m. on the football field.

This year’s Homecoming seems unique compared to years past in that the anticipation and advertising for this weekend began over the summer.

Vincent said, “What sets apart this year’s Homecoming from years previous is the amount of alumni returning to their alma matter and the huge announcement that’s going to be sometime during the weekend. I could hear all the buzz about that back in August.”

The “Big Announcement” is set to take place tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the President’s Homecoming Gala. For those alumni who cannot attend this event, the announcement will be streaming live on the college’s website.

As if Friday wasn’t filled with enough excitement, Saturday continues to bring on the fun. The M Club Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony kicks off the day at 8:30 a.m. in the Huff Athletic Center. Casey Boydstun ’02, Melissa Jones Bittner ’03, Chris Sondgeroth ’98 and Jen Witmer ’02 are slated to receive this year’s highest honor for athletic achievement. Beginning at 9 a.m. tours for prospective students and alumni depart from Admissions.

Despite the chance of rain, everyone is hoping that the annual Homecoming parade will continue to cruise down Broadway. Set to roll out at 11 a.m. the parade features floats, marching bands and special guests, including award winners and Hall of Fame inductees. The parade is an eagerly anticipated event as organizations across campus engage in some friendly competition to see which float will claim the top prize.

In between the parade and football game, an alumni volleyball game will be held, open houses will take place for academic departments and the experimental downtown theatre, as well as lunch at the field house and class reunion photographs. Beginning at 1 p.m. the Fighting Scots will face the Pioneers of Grinnell College. Everyone is encouraged to wear their favorite MC apparel and cheer on our Scots to victory.

As fans cheer on the football team, academic sessions such as a discussion on the Karen Gould Manuscript Collection and SOFIA presentations will be held, beginning at 2:30 p.m. The Garden House and Greek Life will host tours of their facilities beginning at 3:30 p.m. Class reunions, post-game celebrations and alumni choir rehearsals are to follow. Wrapping up the day, the chorale, concert choir and chamber choir will host their concert at 7:30 p.m. in Dahl Chapel.

After the busy schedules of Friday and Saturday, Homecoming’s final day will be a time to relax and reflect. Rev. Teri Ott will lead the Homecoming worship service at 9 a.m. in the chapel. Shortly following, the alumni baseball game will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Glasgow Field at Peacock Memorial Athletic Park.

Homecoming 2013 is shaping up to be a weekend full of fun, excitement and of course, Fighting Scots spirit.

“I would say that there is an excitement in the air with this year’s Homecoming. I think the excitement and the participation is what makes Homecoming different each year. Alumni and students coming together to show their pride in Monmouth College,” Fry said.

Elizabeth Meyer
Features Editor

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