Homecoming 2012: Fun for All


From Oct. 8-13, students new and old will come to WTAMU to celebrate Homecoming Week. Faculty and students are preparing to “Come Home” for the campus wide event.

“The Come Home theme was set by the Marketing and Communications office,” Associate Director of Student Activities Matt Maples said.

This year the pigskin and concert will be a combined event that will begin at 7 p.m. in the First United Bank Center.

“Pigskin is the campus pep rally followed by the concert that will feature Casey Berry & the Texas Mosquitoes,” Maples said. “There will also be lighting element that has only been done in the U.S a few times so far.”

Since there is a county issued fire ban, Maples said there will be no bonfire this year.

“We are working to replace it with a very nice ceremonial component that will be during the Friday night events,” Maples said.

Maples said that he thinks Homecoming is going to be fun and special time this year.

“We are excited about the events that we have planned,” Maples said. “Including many of the events from last year that were attended by hundreds of students.”
Many organizations are helping with Homecoming, including the Catholic Student Center, the Baptist Student Ministries, Student Government, Student Alumni Board and Greek chapters.

“We have kept many of the great events that have made homecoming so great through the years such as the tractor pull, midnight weenie roast, pancake breakfast, free lunches and many others,” Student Body President Nicholas Goettsche said.

Goesttsche said he thinks the new students will be impressed by the amount of time and energy all of the contestants put into making their floats in the parade.

“The main difference will be the torch procession and pigskin revue on Friday night,” Goesttsche said. “We have changed the venue from the Box to the FUBC for Pigskin.”

Goesttsche said they did this because it allows students to have pigskin and the concert in the same area.

“This is beneficial because we will lose fewer students between pigskin and the concert,” Goesttsche said. “The second major change is the torch processional. We decided to do an Olympic style torch passing through campus all the way to the FUBC.”
Junior CORE consultant Brianna Moore said Homecoming is such a tradition and that she hopes that people take the time to join in everything they’re giving them.

“The big activities are at night and we are having the religious alliances helping us out,” said Moore. “Some of them will be doing lunch for us on Tuesday and Wednesday of Homecoming.”

Moore said this year there will be free Xylobands at Homecoming that have been used in Coldplay concerts.

“They’re neon bands that flash different colors to the beat of the music,” Moore said.

Goesttsche said he thinks the new students will be impressed by the amount of time and energy all of the contestants put into making their floats in the parade.

“The main difference will be the torch procession and pigskin revue on Friday night,” Goesttsche said. “We have changed the venue from the Box to the FUBC for Pigskin.”

Goesttsche said they did this because it allows students to have pigskin and the concert in the same area.

“This is beneficial because we will lose fewer students between pigskin and the concert,” Goesttsche said. “The second major change is the torch processional. We decided to do an Olympic style torch passing through campus all the way to the FUBC.”

Junior CORE consultant Brianna Moore said Homecoming is such a tradition and that she hopes that people take the time to join in everything they’re giving them.

“The big activities are at night and we are having the religious alliances helping us out,” said Moore. “Some of them will be doing lunch for us on Tuesday and Wednesday of Homecoming.”

Moore said this year there will be free Xylobands at Homecoming that have been used in Coldplay concerts.

“They’re neon bands that flash different colors to the beat of the music,” Moore said.