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Ahhhh....Campus Life & Homecoming

Homecoming festivities in full swing

Staff Writer
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September 27, 2005

Only four days remain before the Louisville-Florida Atlantic homecoming football match, but there?s still plenty of time to join in the campus celebrations and homecoming festivities. Free food, dances, pep rallies and comedy and step shows round out the remaining homecoming activities.

Festivities officially kicked off last week when the Student Government Association, the Student Activities Board, U of L Athletics and the United Parcels Services (UPS) combined forces and sponsored the SGA Second Annual Block Party last Thursday from 6-11 p.m. on Brandeis and Third Streets.

SGA officials estimated that nearly 2,300 people made it out to the five-hour event, which featured free food, music, Ferris wheels and other festival-like rides. ?This year?s block party doubled the size of the first annual block party by about 70 percent,? said SGA chief executive assistant Jeff Howard. ?People had more fun, there was more to do, and they stayed longer. Last year it ended at 10, and at 9:30 people were clearing out. This year, we had to get the D.J. to stop at [11:05 p.m.], and people were still there [at 11:45 p.m.], just hanging out.?

?I thought the event was amazing,? said SGA President Bill Brammell. ?We had students from all walks of life enjoying the evening, as one united campus.?

The process of creating such a successful event was harder than it seemed. ?We started planning in March and worked through the spring and summer,? Howard said. ?We had to contact venders, ice cream people and radio stations, go through a permit application process, and get t-shirts for volunteers.?

Brammell attributed the Block Party?s success to Howard, stating, ?If it was not for Jeff [Howard], there would have been no block party. He did an amazing job, and is truly deserving of all the recognition he receives for the event.?

SAB turned around after the Block Party and switched focus to the Sixth Annual Foam Party held from 9 p.m.-midnight on Friday. The event was cosponsored by the Resident Student Association. Hundreds of students crowded into the Red Barn, paying the $3 admission to dance the night away covered in suds.

RSA, through their tradition of painting the residence halls, also helped foster the ?Cardinal Spirit? competition last week. ?Our goal in general is to make sure resident students get involved, promote school spirit in the halls, and get people ready for, in my opinion, the best week of the year: homecoming week,? said RSA President Nicole Kersting.

The residence halls competed against each other by decorating their respective lobbies, chalking sidewalks, painting windows and collecting pennies for the ?Penny Wars.? (The money will be donated to charity.) Kersting said the winner of the hall decorations will be announced by Oct. 4.

?We want to make people see that homecoming is exciting,? said Kurz Hall President Kate Brueggemann. ?We made everything big and loud because homecoming is such a big event for U of L.?

Other homecoming events this year included the ?Paint the Town Red? window painting competition in the SAC Cafeteria and the ?U of L day at Kentucky Kingdom.?

Six homecoming events are still coming up. SAB is sponsoring a cookout today at the Health Sciences Center from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. On Wednesday, SAB will combine forces with WTFX the Fox and sponsor a Weenie Roast in the West Lawn/Red Barn from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Thursday night main attraction will be an 8 p.m. Homecoming Comedy Show in the SAC Multipurpose Room featuring Spike Davis, Bob Batch and Alex Reymundo. Tickets, $3 in advance or $5 at the door, are on sale in the SAC W301.

The National Panhellenic Council will host its 13th Annual Dance in the SAC Multipurpose room from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. on Friday night. Tickets cost $7 before 11 p.m. and $10 after 11.

In addition to the actual homecoming game on Saturday, the Homecoming Cardinal Football Game Homecoming King and Queen Coronation will be announced at noon at Papa John?s Cardinal Stadium.

The National Panhellenic Council Step Show will take place Saturday night at 8 p.m. in the Kentucky International Convention Center. Tickets are $12 in advance.

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