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LSU Celebrates Homecoming Week for Sesquicentennial

LSU Homecoming is an annual, time-honored tradition for alumni, students and members of the Tiger community. But this year, as LSU marks its sesquicentennial, or 150th, anniversary, the university will celebrate Homecoming with the traditional events – a pep rally, tailgate, the Homecoming parade and Homecoming Court – and also host the first-ever LSU Day.

Homecoming Week kicked off on Sunday, Nov. 7, and runs through Sunday, Nov. 14, with the Homecoming game slated for Saturday, Nov. 13, at 6 p.m. against the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

In 1910, LSU alumni gathered together for the 50th anniversary of the founding of LSU, the first recorded gathering of LSU alumni. It wasn't until 1922 that homecoming was associated with a home football game. That year, LSU graduates turned out to see the Tigers defeat Tulane, 24-14. Three years later, LSU celebrated its first official homecoming on Oct. 10, 1925. Festivities included a pep rally and concert, and the alumni had a special section reserved for them at the football game against Alabama.

This year, the LSU Homecoming Committee has planned several activities for the week, some of which required pre-registration by participants. Festivities began on Sunday with the official kickoff scheduled for noon on Monday at the Memorial Tower. Chancellor Michael Martin and the homecoming committee will unveil the week's events and lead the crowd in singing the alma mater. The kickoff will be followed immediately by the dedication of the LSU Sesquicentennial Time Capsule on the Parade Ground, which will be unearthed during LSU’s 300th anniversary in 2160.

CANapalooza is an exciting event supporting the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. From Monday through Wednesday from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., builders will construct a model of Tiger Stadium out of cans on the Parade Ground. The structure will be officially unveiled during the pep rally on Thursday. The cans will then be donated to the food bank. Anyone can donate non-perishable food items throughout Homecoming week in the white barrels around campus or under the large white tents on the Parade Ground.

Splatterbeat will take place on Tuesday at 6 p.m. during CANapalooza and LSU's Best Dance Crew show will take place at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, both on the Parade Ground. On Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, Homecoming will salute LSU’s veterans at noon at the Memorial Tower. The pep rally will begin on the Parade Ground at 7 p.m. that night and be followed by a performance by comedian Alex Thomas.

On Friday, the Bayou Blackout Step Show will take place in the Union Theater starting at 7 p.m. Members of LSU's National Pan-Hellenic Council will showcase the stepping and dancing talents of Greek organizations. Tickets are $15 and available at 225-578-5128 or unionweb.lsu.edu.

A spirit wall will be on display in Free Speech Plaza from Monday through Saturday for students to sign. The LSU community can also see the Tiger spirit throughout the week by viewing the entries for the Door Decorating Contest, the Student Organization Banner Contest, the Greek Lawn Decorating Contest and Paint the Town Purple area business contest.

In 1941, LSU held its inaugural homecoming parade as 52 campus organizations took part in the Tiger Parade. In 2010, the parade will roll on Saturday at noon. The 3.5-mile route starts near the LSU System Building and makes a circle through campus.

In 1933, LSU selected its first Homecoming queen. Marguerite Bass was chosen by the student body president and reigned with a princess and seven maids. The university selected its first African-American Homecoming queen in 1991 with the election of Renee Boutte. The following year, LSU began selecting a Homecoming king to reign with the queen.

This year, the Homecoming Court will include 14 members, including all undergraduate classifications at LSU, with one freshmen couple, one sophomore couple, two junior couples and three senior couples. However, only senior court members are eligible for king or queen honors.

Members of the 2010 Homecoming Court include queen candidates Dani Borel, a business management major from Loreauville; Aly Neel, a mass communication major from Covington; and Kristin Davis, a psychology major from Lafayette. The king candidates include Devon Wade, a sociology, criminology and African and African-American studies major from Houston; Stuart Watkins, a human resources and leadership development major from Welsh; and Francis Boustany III, a mass communication major from Lafayette.

Other members of the 2010 Homecoming Court include juniors William Dunckelman, Seth Guidry, Claire Marie Biggs and Lauren Heinen; sophomores Curtis Elmore III and Kelly Franklin; and freshmen De Andre' Beadle and Kelsey Bradbury.

Voting for the 2010 Homecoming King and Queen can be done via a student’s PAWS account starting at noon on Monday, Nov. 8, and concluding at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11. The king and queen will be crowned during halftime festivities of Homecoming game on Saturday.

For more information on all 2010 LSU Homecoming activities, visit www.lsu.edu/homecoming. For questions, e-mail to homecoming@lsu.edu.

The list of 2010 Homecoming festivities includes:

Monday, Nov. 8 - Saturday, Nov. 13
Campus Door Decorating Contest
Offices around campus are encouraged to decorate their doors with Sesquicentennial spirit.

Monday, Nov. 8 - Saturday, Nov. 13
Paint the Town Purple
Business storefronts in the LSU area and downtown were invited to decorate their storefronts for Homecoming.

Monday, Nov. 8 - Friday, Nov. 12
Sign the Spirit Wall
The entire LSU Community is invited to sign the Spirit Wall in Free Speech Plaza.

Monday, Nov. 8 – Noon-1 p.m.
Homecoming Kickoff Celebration and Sesquicentennial Time Capsule Dedication
Join Chancellor Michael Martin and the homecoming committee as they unveil the week's events and lead the crowd in the singing of the alma mater at the Memorial Tower. The spirited celebration will be followed by the dedication of the LSU Sesquicentennial Time Capsule to be buried in the Parade Ground and unearthed during LSU’s 300th anniversary in 2160.

Monday, Nov. 8 – Thursday, Nov. 11
Vote for Homecoming King and Queen via PAWS
LSU students can vote for the 2010 Homecoming king and queen via their PAWS accounts from Monday at noon through Thursday at 4 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 8 - Thursday, Nov. 11 – 6-9 p.m.
CANapalooza, Parade Ground
Help build “Tiger Stadium” with canned food donations to support the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Non-perishable food will be collected throughout Homecoming week in the white barrels around campus or under the large white tents on the Parade Ground.

Monday, Nov. 8 – 7 p.m.
LSU Women's Basketball vs. Delta State,
Maravich Center
Come cheer for the Fighting Tiger women's basketball team as they open the season against Delta State at 7 p.m. For more information visit www.lsusports.net.

Monday, Nov. 8 – Wednesday, Nov. 10 – 6-10 p.m.
UREC Games
UREC will be holding several competitions throughout the week, including a dodgeball tournament, flag football tournament, kickball competitions and sand volleyball competitions. Visit www.lsu.edu/urec for details.

Tuesday, Nov. 9 – 6-9 p.m.
Splatterbeat, Parade Ground
Splatterbeat is a big party, sponsored by the Residence Hall Association, with free food and good music. Trash cans will be placed upside down on the Parade Ground with their lids secured on top. Purple, gold, white and glow in the dark paint will be placed in the lids. Have fun, bang on the drums with the provided sticks and let the paint splatter all around. Bring your own T-shirt.

Wednesday, Nov. 10 – Saturday, Nov. 13
Red Stick Animation Festival,
Downtown Baton Rouge
Artists draw and paint with computers, and scientists convey their complex theories in color and motion. The Red Stick International Animation Festival highlights this convergence celebrating art, motion and exploration in downtown Baton Rouge. Visit www.redstickfestival.org for more information.

Wednesday, Nov. 10 – Sunday, Nov. 14
Student Organization Banner Competition, Union
Student organizations from around campus were encouraged to display banners showing their Sesquicentennial spirit.

Wednesday, Nov. 10 – 6-8 p.m.
LSU’s Best Dance Crew, Parade Ground
Come watch one of the biggest events during Homecoming Week and see some of LSU's students show off their best dance skills.

Thursday, Nov. 11 – Noon
Homecoming Salutes LSU Veterans
Memorial Tower
Join the campus community in honoring LSU students, staff and faculty for their military service on Veterans Day.

Thursday, Nov. 11 – 7 p.m.
Homecoming Pep Rally and Comedy Show,
Parade Ground
Unite in the celebration of Tiger spirit with live entertainment and the presentation of the Homecoming Court, then stick around for an evening of comedy!

Friday, Nov. 12 – 8 a.m.
UREC Open Golf Tournament, LSU Golf Course
The UREC Open Golf Tournament will be an 18-hole, two-person scramble tournament benefiting the LSU University Recreation Foundation. Mini competitions including closest to the pin, longest putt, longest drive and straightest drive will be conducted throughout the event. Registration closes Nov. 5.

Friday, Nov. 12 – 5:30-8 p.m.
Family Weekend Welcome Dinner, The 5
Family Weekend events are hosted by Parent and Family Programs in the Division of Student Life. Registration is now closed, but parents can sign up for the Family Association at www.lsu.edu/lsufamily.

Friday, Nov. 12 – 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Engineering Alumni Reunion, Patrick Taylor Hall
This year's Engineering Alumni Reunion will feature a tour of the Engineering Communication Studio plus many student design projects will be on display, such as the Concrete Canoe, Steel Bridge, AIChE Car “Flyin' Hawaiian” and the Formula SAE car.

Friday, Nov. 12 – 7 p.m.
Bayou Blackout Step Show, Union Theater
Stepping and dancing talents of Greek organizations, along with a spirit and banner competition. Tickets are $15 and available at 225-578-5128 or unionweb.lsu.edu.

Friday, Nov. 12 – 7 p.m.
LSU Men's Basketball vs. Northwestern State,
Maravich Center
Come cheer for the Fighting Tiger men's basketball team as they open the season against Northwestern State at 7 p.m. For more information visit www.lsusports.net.

Saturday, Nov. 13 – All Day
Greek Lawn Decoration Competition Display,
West Lakeshore Drive
View the creative and spirited lawn decorations in front of Greek chapter homes.

Saturday, Nov. 13 – 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Enjoy free performing arts, tours and exhibitions for all the family at three locations around campus. Visit www.lsu.edu/lsu150/lsuday for more information.

Saturday, Nov. 13 – Noon
LSU Homecoming Parade
Don’t miss seeing this year’s Homecoming Court, bands and floats in the LSU Homecoming Parade. The parade starts on West Lakeshore Drive at the LSU System Building and winds its way for 3.5 miles through campus, making one large circle.

Saturday, Nov. 13 – 1:30-5:30 p.m.
Homecoming Tailgates
Several campus organizations – the Sesquicentennial Student Sub-Committee and the Student Activities Board – will host tailgates on the Parade Ground. There will also be the Family Weekend tailgate on the Parade Ground and the African-American Cultural Center tailgate at the African-American Cultural Center. Regional favorite Corey Ledet and His Zydeco Band will perform on the Parade Ground during the tailgates.

Saturday, Nov. 13 – 1:30 p.m.
Record-Setting King Cake, Assembled in the Union Ballroom served on the Parade Ground
Thanks to the efforts of the Sesquicentennial Student Sub-Committee, LSU Dining and its sponsors, visitors to LSU Day will be able to partake in a record-breaking treat – a university record-sized king cake.

Saturday, Nov. 13 – 6 p.m.
LSU vs. University of Louisiana at Monroe
Come cheer for the Fighting Tiger football team as they take on the University of Louisiana at Monroe at 6 p.m. The 2010 Homecoming Court will be presented in Tiger Stadium and the king and queen crowned during halftime festivities!

Sunday, Nov. 14 – 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Black Male Leadership Initiative Fellows Program
Friends and Donors Breakfast, Cook Alumni Center
For a $25 donation, the Friends and Donors Breakfast allows the LSU community the chance to impact the lives of black college males and kicks the BMLI Power of 50 Campaign and the Kerry Pourciau and Kirt Bennett Leadership Award. For more information, visit www.lsu.edu/bmli.