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Oct. 6, 2014

Homecoming provides big prizes for students

By Ashli Speed

Cleveland State University's Homecoming weekend was filled with many fun opportunities for student engagement. From the Distinguished Alumni Dinner to fireworks and live performances at the block party, Homecoming provided momentum for year 50.

A main event at the block party on Friday Oct. 19 was giveaways.

Throughout the week of Homecoming, students were able to enter into a raffle with the grand prize being $4000 toward Spring semester tuition. Along with the tuition raffle, students won concert tickets and gift cards to Cleveland State’s bookstore.

Tuition raffle winner Evan Andersky, junior Marketing student in the Monte Ahuja College of Business, was overjoyed.

“I honestly could not believe that I received a $4000 scholarship," Andersky said. "Like all college students anything that helps me defer the cost of college helps tremendously."

Andersky beat out three other students in a three-round “Minute to Win It” - style competition. minute to win it, block party

Contestants were brought on stage to compete in three games. Game one, "Moving on Up," involved the stacking of cups. Game two, "Junk in the Trunk," was a high energy competition to remove ping pong balls from a basket that was strapped to the waists of the contestants. They did so by jumping up and down, shaking and wiggling, as the game was hands free.

The final round, featuring game three, "Nose Dive," determined the winner. The winning student successfully transported cotton balls from one dish to another using only their nose, which was covered in pretroleum jelly. The crowd was excited as they watched the games live and was broadcasted on the large monitor on stage.

“I am greatly appreciative of the scholarship received, and cannot thank the Homecoming Committee enough," Andresky said.

Gabby Phillips, junior Exercise Fitness major, attended the block party with her cousin. Phillips was the winner of two tickets to the Thursday, Nov. 5 Usher concert at the Wolestein Center. In order to win, block party Emcee Jon Fedor asked her a Cleveland State trivia question.

“We sat next to the stage, we heard the DJ say one time ‘We’re giving away Usher tickets,’ so we just hung out there and waited for them to get to that part," Phillips said. "We didn’t think we were going to win them."

Junior Computer Science major Brandon Gonzalez was one of two students that walked away from the block party with a pair of tickets to see comedian Jeff Dunham.

In all, block party winners walked away with $4000 toward tuition, two sets of Hunter Hayes tickets, two sets of Jeff Dunham tickets and five students won $50 gift cards to the CSU bookstore.