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LSU Celebrates Homecoming with a Week of Events

11/01/2012 01:45 PM

BATON ROUGE – LSU Homecoming is an annual, time-honored tradition for alumni, students and members of the Tiger community. The university will celebrate Homecoming with the traditional events – a concert, tailgate, the Homecoming Parade and Homecoming Court – as well as events for LSU Salutes.

 

Homecoming Week kicks off on Sunday, Nov. 4, and runs through Sunday, Nov. 11, with the Homecoming game slated for Saturday, Nov. 10, against the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Due to television rights, the time of the game has yet to be determined and will not be announced until Sunday, Nov. 4. It may be played at 2:30 p.m. and aired on CBS, or between 6 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. and aired on ESPN. Depending on the time of the Homecoming game, some events on Saturday, Nov. 10, may be cancelled or have their times changed.

 

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. There are several tournaments being sponsored by UREC during Homecoming Week including battleship, soccer and kickball, and the Greek Board of Directors flag football tournament.

 

CANapalooza is an exciting event supporting the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. As part of CANapalooza, canned food will be collected in barrels around campus from Thursday, Nov. 1, until Wednesday, Nov. 7. From Wednesday through Friday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., builders will construct a model of Tiger Stadium out of cans on the Parade Ground. The structure will be officially unveiled on Friday and be on display until Sunday. The cans will then be donated to the food bank.

 

A new event this year is the RUNapalooza 5K walk/run, which will help promote hunger awareness in the LSU and Baton Rouge communities, on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 4:45 p.m. on the Parade Ground. The Homecoming Student Committee will be accepting canned food donations during the event to benefit the Great Baton Rouge Food Bank.

 

Following RUNapalooza, the Homecoming Kickoff will take place on the Parade Ground on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. During the kickoff, the Homecoming Court members will be presented to the public for the first time.

 

There will be several athletic events throughout Homecoming Week in addition to Saturday’s football game against Mississippi State. At 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4, the LSU volleyball team will take on Ole Miss in the Maravich Center. The following day the men’s basketball team will open their season at 7 p.m. against Arkansas-Monticello. On Tuesday, Nov. 6, the women’s basketball team will take on North Alabama at 7 p.m. The men’s team will be in action again at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, against UC-Santa Barbara. The week will close out with the women’s basketball team taking on Wichita State on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. All basketball games also take place at the Maravich Center. For more information, visit www.lsusports.net.

 

On Sunday, Nov. 4, student organizations will be putting up banners in the Student Union to display their school spirit. The banners will be on display through Sunday, Nov. 11. From Monday, Nov. 5, through Thursday, Nov. 8, the entire LSU community is invited to sign the spirit wall in Free Speech Plaza in front of the Student Union as part of “Capture Your Spirit.”

 

On Monday, Nov. 5, Splatterbeat, sponsored by the Residence Hall Association, will take place on the Parade Ground from 7-9 p.m. Trash cans will be placed upside down with their lids secured on top. Purple, gold, white and glow-in-the-dark paint will be placed in the lids and participants can bang on the drums with the provided sticks and let the paint splatter all around. In the event of rain, the kickoff and Splatterbeat will be held on Tuesday on the Parade Ground.

 

The third annual Oxfam Hunger Banquet at LSU will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the Union Atchafalaya Room. The LSU Homecoming committee and Kitchens on the Geaux are sponsoring the hunger banquet, which is an interactive, empowering event that simulates the world's inequities. Participants share a meal, discuss worldwide poverty, and learn more about local efforts to make a difference. The event is free, but a suggested admission is 1-2 cans of food that can be donated to the Homecoming Committee’s CANapalooza food drive benefitting the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

 

The Homecoming concert will take place on Thursday at 8 p.m. on the Parade Ground. The artist for the Homecoming concert will be announced on Thursday, Nov. 1, at noon. The National Pan-Hellenic Council, or NPHC, will have a new member presentation on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Greek Theatre. The event is free and, in case of rain, will be moved to the Carl Maddox Field House.

 

On Saturday, Nov. 10, the day of the Homecoming game, visitors to campus can view the lawn decorations at the Greek sorority houses along West Lakeshore Drive throughout the day. Student organizations will also have their artistic, spirited banners on display in front of the Union.

 

At 9 a.m. on Saturday, the LSU Salutes program will take place at the LSU War Memorial on the Parade Ground. Twelve LSU alumni, who have distinguished themselves in their military, professional and personal endeavors, will be inducted into LSU’s military Hall of Honor. The ceremony will include a military parade, static displays, a wreath-laying ceremony and a 21-gun salute. The LSU Corps of Cadets and students in the Southern University Navy ROTC program will participate. The LSU Corps of Cadets consists of LSU Army and Air Force ROTC students, and Southern Navy ROTC consists of LSU and Southern students.

 

In 1941, LSU held its inaugural Homecoming Parade as 52 campus organizations took part in the Tiger Parade. In 2012, the parade is scheduled to roll on Saturday at 11 a.m. However, the parade may be rescheduled and/or canceled due to game time. The 2.2-mile route winds through campus beginning near the LSU System Building on West Lakeshore Drive, turning onto Dalyrmple Drive, traveling down Tower Drive to Stadium Drive and back to West Lakeshore Drive.

 

From noon until 4 p.m., the African-American Cultural Center will host a tailgate in Free Speech Plaza in front of the LSU Student Union. The Homecoming Student Committee will also host a tailgate from noon until 4 p.m. on the Parade Ground.

 

Please be aware that the Homecoming Parade and Tailgate and the African-American Cultural Center tailgate times may be changed or cancelled when the game time is announced on Sunday, Nov. 4.

 

Finally, Homecoming Week will conclude with the Homecoming game against Mississippi State on Saturday. During halftime of the Homecoming game, the Homecoming king and queen will be crowned on the field.

 

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 first-year 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 2012 Homecoming Court include queen candidates Christine Derbins, a mathematics and mass communication double major from Mandeville; Kendall Knobloch, a finance major from Baton Rouge; and Danielle Rushing, an agricultural business major from Watson. The king candidates include Aaron Ackley, a biological sciences major from Lake Charles; Taylor Cox, a mass communication major from Bossier City; and Vik Singh, a biological sciences major from Eunice.

 

Other members of the 2012 Homecoming Court include juniors Margaret Price, a business management and mass communication double major from West Shokan, N.Y.; SarahBeth Theriot, a biology and Spanish double major from White Hall, Ark.; Dylon Hoffpauir, a mass communication major from Erath; and Trey Schwartzenburg, a biological sciences major from Opelousas; sophomores Maddie Kirkwood, a biochemistry major from Natchez, Miss.; and Bryce Bourgeois, a information systems and decision sciences major from St. Amant; and first-year students Katherine Latham, a mass communication major from Metairie; and Bryce Benzine, a mass communication major from Gonzales.

 

Voting for the 2012 Homecoming king and queen can be done via a student’s myLSU account. Voting begins on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 6 p.m. and will continue until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8.

 

On Sunday, Nov. 11, the Black Student Union will host its annual gala in the Union Ballroom from 7-11 p.m. The Black Student Union is the third largest student organization on campus and is interested in working to improve the quality of life for African-American students by tackling issues that directly affect their community.

 

For more information on all 2012 LSU Homecoming activities, visit homecoming.lsu.edu, and for questions, email homecoming@lsu.edu.

 

The list of 2012 Homecoming festivities includes:

 

Homecoming Concert Artist Announced
Thursday, Nov. 1 – Noon

The artist for the 2012 Homecoming concert will be announced at noon.

 

CANapalooza Canned Food Drive
Thursday, Nov. 1 – Wednesday, Nov. 7

As part of CANapalooza, canned food will be collected in barrels around campus from Thursday, Nov. 1, until Wednesday, Nov. 7, to benefit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Visit www.homecoming.lsu.edu/can.html for details.

 

UREC Games
Sunday, Nov. 4 – Thursday, Nov. 8

UREC will be holding several competitions throughout the week, including battleship, soccer and kickball. Visit www.lsu.edu/urec/html/intramural_sports.html for details.

 

Vote for Homecoming King and Queen via myLSU
Sunday, Nov. 4 – Thursday, Nov. 8

LSU students can vote for the 2012 Homecoming king and queen via their myLSU accounts from Sunday at 6 p.m. through Thursday at 11:59 p.m.

 

Student Organization Banner Competition, Union
Sunday, Nov. 4 – Sunday, Nov. 11

Student organizations from around campus were encouraged to display banners showing their school spirit.

 

LSU Volleyball vs. Ole Miss, Maravich Center
Sunday, Nov. 4 – 3 p.m.

Come cheer for the LSU volleyball team as it takes on Ole Miss at 3 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information visit www.lsusports.net.

 

RUNapalooza 5K Walk/Race, Parade Ground
Sunday, Nov. 4 – 4:45 p.m.

RUNapalooza is a 5K walk/run that helps promote hunger awareness in the LSU and Baton Rouge communities. The Homecoming Student Committee will be receiving canned food donations during the event and all proceeds the day of RUNapalooza will benefit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. For more information visit http://www.homecoming.lsu.edu/5k.html.

 

Homecoming Kickoff, Parade Ground
Sunday, Nov. 4 – 5:30 p.m.

The Homecoming Kickoff will feature the introduction of the Homecoming Court members to the public for the first time.

 

Capture Your Spirit, Free Speech Plaza
Monday, Nov. 5 – Thursday, Nov. 8 – 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The entire LSU community is invited to sign the spirit wall in Free Speech Plaza in front of the Union.

 

Splatterbeat, Parade Ground
Monday, Nov. 5 – 7-9 p.m.

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. (Rain date: Tuesday)

 

LSU Men's Basketball vs. Arkansas-Monticello, Maravich Center
Monday, Nov. 5 – 7 p.m.

Come cheer for the Fighting Tiger men's basketball team as they open the season against Arkansas-Monticello at 7 p.m. For more information visit www.lsusports.net.

 

LSU Women’s Basketball vs. North Alabama, Maravich Center
Tuesday, Nov. 6 – 7 p.m.

Come cheer for the Fighting Tiger women’s basketball team as they take on North Alabama at 7 p.m. For more information visit www.lsusports.net.

 

CANapalooza, Parade Ground
Wednesday, Nov. 7 – Friday, Nov. 9 – 4-7 p.m.

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. The "Tiger Stadium" build will take place Wednesday through Friday from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. and will be on display until Sunday.

 

Greek Board of Directors Flag Football Tournament, UREC Fields
Wednesday, Nov. 7 – 6-10 p.m.

The Greek Board of Directors is sponsoring a flag football tournament. All participants must be LSU students and have pre-registered by Wednesday, Oct. 24.

 

Oxfam Hunger Banquet, Union Atchafalaya Room
Wednesday, Nov. 7 – 6:30 p.m.

Hunger banquet participants share a meal, discuss worldwide poverty, and learn more about local efforts to make a difference. The event is free, but a suggested admission is 1-2 cans of food that can be donated to the Homecoming Committee’s CANapalooza food drive benefitting the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

 

Homecoming Concert, Parade Ground
Thursday, Nov. 8 – 8 p.m.

The concert artist will be announced at www.homecoming.lsu.edu on Thursday, Nov. 1

 

NPHC New Member Presentation, Greek Theatre
Friday, Nov. 9 – 6:30 p.m.

The National Pan-Hellenic Council, or NPHC, will have a new member presentation at the Greek Theatre. The event is free and open to the public. (Rain location: Carl Maddox Field House)

 

LSU Men's Basketball vs. UC-Santa Barbara, Maravich Center
Friday, Nov. 9 – 7 p.m.

Come cheer for the Fighting Tiger men's basketball team as they take on UC-Santa Barbara at 7 p.m. For more information visit www.lsusports.net.

 

Greek Lawn Decoration Competition Display, West Lakeshore Drive
Saturday, Nov. 10 – All Day

View the creative and spirited lawn decorations in front of Greek chapter homes.

 

LSU Salutes Annual Assembly, LSU War Memorial, Parade Ground
Saturday, Nov. 10 – 9 a.m.

The LSU Salutes ceremony will include a military parade, static displays, a wreath-laying ceremony and a 21-gun salute. Members of the LSU Corps of Cadets and the Southern University Navy ROTC will participate. Twelve LSU alumni who have distinguished themselves in their military, professional and personal endeavors will also be inducted into LSU’s military Hall of Honor.

 

LSU Homecoming Parade
Saturday, Nov. 10 – 11 a.m.

Don’t miss seeing this year’s Homecoming Court, bands and floats in the LSU Homecoming Parade. The parade goes through a 2.2 mile trek around campus starting near the LSU System Building on West Lakeshore Drive, turning onto Dalyrmple Drive, traveling down Tower Drive to Stadium Drive and back to West Lakeshore Drive. (Note: The Homecoming Parade is subject to be changed and/or cancelled due to game time.)

 

LSU African-American Cultural Center Tailgate, Free Speech Plaza
Saturday, Nov. 10 – Noon-4 p.m.

The LSU African-American Cultural Center is hosting a Homecoming tailgate in Free Speech Plaza in front of the Union. (Note: The African-American Cultural Center Tailgate is subject to be changed and/or cancelled due to game time.)

 

Homecoming Tailgate, Parade Ground
Saturday, Nov. 10 – Noon-4 p.m.

The winners of the Homecoming competitions will be announced at the tailgate, sponsored by the Homecoming Student Committee. (Note: The Homecoming Tailgate is subject to be changed and/or cancelled due to game time.)

 

LSU vs. Mississippi State
Saturday, Nov. 10 – TBA

Come cheer for the Fighting Tiger football team as they take on Mississippi State. The 2012 Homecoming Court will be presented in Tiger Stadium and the king and queen crowned during halftime festivities!

 

LSU Women’s Basketball vs. Wichita State, Maravich Center
Sunday, Nov. 11 – 2 p.m.

Come cheer for the Fighting Tiger women’s basketball team as they take on Wichita State at 2 p.m. For more information visit www.lsusports.net.

 

Black Student Union Gala, Union Ballroom
Sunday, Nov. 11 – 7-11 p.m.

The annual Black Student Union Gala is a black and white semi-formal event.

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