Homecoming Block Party brings students, alumni together on Friday


Hannah Fergurson

Students and alumni crowded outside O’Brien Field Friday night to celebrate homecoming at a block party that included live music, food trucks, a beer garden and game and giveaways.

Adriana Hernandez-Santana, Feature Junior Editor

Eastern hosted a block party in the parking lot of O’Brien Stadium in honor of Homecoming 2022. 

Even though it started to drizzle, that didn’t stop the EIU comminitty from coming out and having a good time. There were games such as Connect Four, an enlarged version of cup pong, and light up hula hoops. 

A live band was present. 90’s Daughter, a band that specializes in dance party music, played a wide variety of songs for everyone to enjoy throughout the night. 

Coupons were being offered to everyone at the event to use at the food venders.

The House of Brisket, known for their meat platters, worked to fill the bellies of hungry customers. CZ’s Fried Green Tomatoes was there for those who really love fries or a good philly cheese steak. Sack’s was selling ribs and nachos. And for dessert, Toppins was there to provide ice cream, snowcones and milkshakes. 

For those students who are of age, or any returning alumni, a designated area was set for individuals to safely purchase and consume beers and seltzers. One the drink was purchased, people were required to stay in the Beer Garden until they finished their drink. 

This event would not have been possible if one of the local businesses did not come to support Eastern students. My Charleston Dentist, located at 826 W Lincoln Ave, helped to sponsor this event for the community. 

Bridget Bartelt, a senior history education major, shared her and her friends’ plans for Homecoming Weekend.

“I think we’re going to the parade in the morning and then after we will probably get breakfast before the tailgate,” Bartelt said. “And then the football games, and after that, I think we’re baking cookies and watching Halloween movies.”

As for a happy accident, Charles Murphy, a 2015 alumni just so happened to be in town to help celebrate the event. 

“I’m here for a wedding, like they’re coming out here,” says Murphy. “But I [messed] up and booked my room for two days, but it seems like I’m here a day early. I’m just having fun with everybody.” 


Adriana Hernandez-Santana can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected].