By London Mackall
Salisbury Sea Gulls from a different feather have flocked together to plan this year’s homecoming festivities, which start on Sept. 26 and run though Oct. 2.
This is the first year that students do not have to be a member of the Student Government Association (SGA) or an RSO to plan the events. Homecoming committee co- chair Carly Berkowitz said that just about any individual that’s interested in helping can get involved.
“The creation of the homecoming committee is also one step that SGA has taken to become a governing body, instead of an event-planning body,” homecoming committee co-chair Sierra Rockinberg said.
One goal of this year’s homecoming events is to increase unity throughout the student body. Some committee members have noticed that RSOs keep to themselves.
“We’ve all kept to our own organizations and I think our goal for this committee is to bring us all together in realizing we’re all a part of Salisbury University,” Rockinberg said. “It’s very cliquey and we want to feel like one big school, one big seagull.”
A similar goal that the newly-formed homecoming committee has is working to increase school spirit.
“It’s one thing that we’ve noticed in SGA and even Student Activities has noticed,” Berkowitz said. “In the past few years there hasn’t been a lot of school spirit around campus. So one of the things that we’ve said that we would do, taking on this committee, was try to bring that school spirit back.”
This year’s homecoming will feature some old favorites in addition to fresh events that will substitute some of the traditional ones.
Sept. 26 will mark the beginning of homecoming festivities. Student comedians will showcase their funniest material in The Last Comic Standing. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in Guerrieri University Center’s (GUC) Fireside Lounge.
On Sept. 27, Homecoming court candidates will compete against each other at the Homecoming Court Olympic Games, in place of having the annual Homecoming Court Pageant. The event is from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. in Red Square.
Sept. 28 kicks off the Battle of the Bands and the Big Six Cookout, where students can listen to local bands and grab a bite to eat. The festivities will be held on the Sea Gull Square Lawn at 5 p.m.
On Sept. 29, Students will have the opportunity to unleash their inner pop stars at the Lip Sync Battle in the Wicomico Room of GUC. The event will start at 7 p.m.
Sept. 30 will include the annual Powder Puff Football Game at 2 p.m. on Holloway Hall Lawn. The game will be followed by a pep rally at Sea Gull Stadium from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The night will conclude with the Homecoming Party in the Wicomico Room of GUC from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Oct. 1, the day of the football game, will feature a color run. Berkowitz and Rockinberg said at an SGA forum on Sept. 11 that the run will replace the annual homecoming parade. Registration for the event will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Maggs Physical Activities Center and the race will start at 9 a.m.
The color run will be followed by a tail gate and block party at 10 a.m. at the Avery Street Field.
Those with visiting loved ones can also attend the Family Weekend Ice Cream Social 3 p.m. at the Henson Angle.
Bangin’ Bingo will begin at 7 p.m. in the Wicomico Room, and the annual Step Show will conclude the day’s events. It begins at 8 p.m. in the Holloway Hall Auditorium.
The last Homecoming Week event will be the Jazz Brunch in Commons on Oct. 2 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.