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The Cleveland State dance team performs its routine at the homecoming parade.


October 6, 2015

Homecoming week highlights school pride for students, alumni and faculty

By Reese Shebel

Cleveland State University’s 50th Anniversary celebration is a hard act to follow, but this year’s homecoming events were definitely up to par. Complete with a scavenger hunt, a luau, tailgating and more, Cleveland State’s 51st year was just as exciting.

The week kicked off on Monday, Sept. 21 with the introduction of the homecoming court in the Student Center Atrium. Students received freebies, enjoyed music and watched a show by comedian Jose Barrientos.

On Tuesday, the pre-pep rally offered free donuts and coffee, a photo booth, balloon animals and other games before the gathering moved to the heart of downtown for the homecoming pep rally near Tower City. The celebration continued with giveaways, cheerleaders, athletes and lots of green and white.

“With a turnout of over 400 students, it was definitely one of my favorite events,” said Deanna Silmi, part of the homecoming committee.

On Wednesday, students participated in a scavenger hunt that took place in the plaza behind the Student Center. Students signed up and were put in to teams of three which competed against each other to locate and photograph specific items hidden across the campus. The teams had 30 minutes to find things including the Writing Center, campus safety poles, Cleveland State police officers, Magnus and more. A total of 12 teams participated in the event.

“It was fun to see students so excited about winning, that they were sprinting around campus,” Catherine Tiesling, coordinator of student activities and events, said. “We hope to continue the event next year and make it a campus tradition for homecoming week.”

The scavenger hunt was held in two rounds, and in each round first and second place groups were awarded prizes. Prizes included smart tablets for the first place winners and $50 Amazon gift cards for second place.

Later on, students tailgated in Krenzler Field before the men’s soccer game. Attendees ate burgers and hot dogs while playing Cornhole and cheering on the Vikings to their victory of 3 to 1.

“It was fun to see students come out and support our fellow classmates and peers compete,” Silmi said.

On Thursday, the Afternoons at Ahuja Panel Discussion took place in the Urban Building Atrium, which began with food and drinks followed by the tradition of everyone standing up and introducing themselves to the people around them.

Later on, students met at Krenzler Field to prepare for the homecoming parade that went down Chester Ave. and concluded in the lawn of Mather Mansion.

The Shaw High School Marching Band, drumline and flag corps., led the parade, followed by the Cleveland State Dance Team. After them, the homecoming court, sororities, fraternities and student organizations continued down Chester. The finale included confetti, a routine by the dance team and a cover of “Uptown Funk” by the marching band.

Vikefest followed with a bounce house, rock climbing and two photo-op locations at Mather Mansion. Students could choose between three different food trucks. The night wrapped up with a performance by the local band Unglued.

“Thursday was the biggest day for us as we had three main events on that day, which were all spectacular,” Silmi said.

The homecoming committee was pleased with the outcome of the week, especially with the great prizes that they had to offer this year.

“We started off with our social media raffle where the four students who participated in our contest had a chance at $4,000,” Silmi said. “We also had minute-to-win-it games that day and gave out a variety of $100 gift cards.”

Overall, the week had a great turnout of students, faculty and alumni.
To see more pictures from homecoming week, visit the Cleveland State website.

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