Homecoming Week sees changes this year

Brooke Schwartz and Corryn Brock

Planning for Eastern’s Homecoming, which is taking place Oct.15 through Oct. 20, is underway, and students will see some differences from past years.

The most notable difference is that the “Yell like Hell” event, which served in the past to get students excited for the Saturday football game, will not be not be included in this year’s Homecoming Week as it has been in past years.

Emonie Jordan, one of the homecoming committee co-chairs, said this switch was to change the stigma that surrounded certain homecoming events, like Yell like Hell, that they were Greek life oriented.

Jordan said Yell like Hell was also cancelled due to low involvement rates in past years.

The coronation ceremony, which was typically held on the Tuesday of Homecoming Week, will now be held on Friday and will be combined with an updated pep rally event that is replacing Yell like Hell on the following Friday.

Coronation applications are due this Friday, Sept. 21, while the applications for faculty king and queen and little prince and princess are not due until Sept. 28.

Coronation interviews are set for Oct. 6 and 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Interviews cannot be rescheduled.

Picture dates for coronation will be Sept. 26 and 27 at 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in room 20B of McAfee gym.

Applicants should wear Eastern spirited and their RSO’s clothing, as compared to the more formal attire that was required in the past.

A meeting for applicants will be at 8 p.m. next Tuesday in the Casey room of the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union.

A coronation candidate is required to have a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average.

The winners will be chosen 60 percent by their interview, 30 percent voting and 10 percent on their application.

The rush events for this year include a carnival, an obstacle course, golf cart trivia and glow bowling.

Jordan said the application for participation form for this year’s homecoming can be found in the Student Activity Center.

“If your (registered student organization, Greek organization or residence hall) still has not filled that out … please get that done and in the SAC office by Friday (Sept. 21),” Jordan said.

Parade applications are due Sept. 28 and will be found online within the next couple of days.

The theme for Homecoming Week 2018 is “This is Who We Are.”

Brooke Schwartz and Corryn Brock can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected] or [email protected].