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November 3, 2017

Homecoming. With just the sound of that word, you can almost imagine an alumn’s voice off in the distance explaining how “this campus was pretty rad back in ‘74,” or perhaps one reminiscing about living with their future best friend in Gibson Hall, otherwise known affectionately as the ‘Holiday Inn,’ in the Spring of ‘87. To a visiting parent or a relatively fresh first-year, it may seem as if our little slice of heaven, in the middle of seemingly endless fields of corn and soybeans, has had a quiet and mild past. This is certainly far from the truth, and any Scot who has made the journey back to the Maple City for this weekend’s festivities can attest that we may not be the biggest campus, but we have had many traditions through the years, some of which are possible only on a campus such as ours.

Leafing through old editions of our defunct yearbook, Ravelings (d. 2002), one will see that the alumnus from ‘74 wasn’t just making stuff up: there are some pretty cool traditions that, for one reason or another, have not lasted long enough for us younger folk to have taken part in. Traditions like getting to hear the class of 1903 cannon fired for every Homecoming touchdown, or warming up around the Friday night bonfire, or even singing along to our fight song. Oh yes, the fight song has more to it than just clapping, and that ‘random’ cannon in the basement of the Field House is not just an alternative place for you to put your candy wrappers! But there are many traditions and scenes surrounding Homecoming that the student of today would most certainly recognize: the parade of floats traveling down Broadway, our Fighting Scots giving it their all on the gridiron, and of course, the essential bagpipes and the accompanying tartan.

We have even begun some new traditions that have taken root here on campus, such as the cardboard boat regatta and the spirit shout. In the end, no matter what year you walked across the stage of Wallace Hall or what takes place here presently, Homecoming is a time to reminisce and reflect on good times we’ve had with fellow Scots, and on what makes this place, and our tenure here, memorable. To quote a passage from the 1966 Ravelings, “each year things have changed, yet nothing is different. Wallace hall and the fraternity house, the football field, the line of floats. Happiness is seeing old friends among us… happiness is coming home” to our little slice of heaven, where our greatest tradition, family, will never change.

Samuel Dummer
Contributing Writer

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