This year’s Gustavus Homecoming will be one to remember.
With an array of events happening throughout the week and a theme that will bring smiles to many faces, there won’t be any room for disappointment.
Homecoming, happening during the week of October 1 through October 6, is a tradition that brings all Gusties, current or former, together to celebrate the uniqueness and special qualities that Gustavus possess.
The theme this year is “Celebrate The Golden Days,” reminding everyone how precious their time on the hill is.
“Homecoming is one of the biggest weeks for activities in the fall. This year is really special because we have the Nobel Conference and Homecoming in the same week,” We felt that this year’s theme encompasses the love that Gusties have for our community and living your life to the fullest during your college experience,” Junior and Co-Special Events Executive for the Campus Activities Board, ReAnn Eidahl, said.
“We are so excited to have the students, alumni, and other guests be a part of something that’s so special to the Gustavus community, as well as showing off our Gustie Pride,” Eidahl said.
The week will feature events including casino night on Friday, dive dances and the anticipated hit event from last year’s Homecoming, the rave on Saturday night.
“We have the annual window painting Monday night, ‘Treasure the Olden Days’ dive dance Wednesday night, the annual lip sync battle, casino night…and Insomnia Cookies Friday night and finally the Homecoming [Rave on] Saturday night. Some of the events we kept because they are [a] tradition at Gustavus,” Senior and Co-Special Events Executive for the Campus Activities Board, Angie Ramirez, said.
The lip sync battle offers students the chance to make a difference for whatever they are involved in.
“Student organizations will be vying for the first place prize, which is $1,000. Students get to show off their creativity in a hilarious lip-sync showdown. This event is held in the caf from 7-8:30[p.m.] on Friday,” Eidahl said.
The casino night will be held Friday night and offers the chance for students to win prizes and eat delicious food.
The event will be in the Heritage Room in the Campus Center.
CAB is especially excited for this event and all of the uniqueness it brings to Homecoming.
“Immediately following the lip sync battle, we have our casino night event right next door in the Banquet rooms. During this event, students can choose to play blackjack, poker, slot machines, grocery bingo, and more for a chance to win some amazing prizes. We will be giving away a total of $2,000 in prizes during casino night alone,” Eidahl said.
The events are catered towards what previous Gusties have loved in the past as well as feature new and exciting events to keep the annual event different from year to year.
In addition to these entertaining nights, Homecoming will also involve the annual crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen as well as the Homecoming football game on Saturday.
This year the game is against Concordia College.
“The theme for Homecoming this year is Treasure the Golden Days. We felt that this theme encompasses the love that Gusties have for our community and living your life to the fullest during your college experience.”
“I’m excited for the Homecoming game Saturday because of the atmosphere and excitement built around it. It’s exciting having the stands filled up with alumni cheering on the Gusties along with the current students. It really shows how deep the roots go here at Gustavus. “I’m excited for the Homecoming game Saturday because of the atmosphere and excitement built around it. It’s exciting having the stands filled up with alumni cheering on the Gusties along with the current students. It really shows how deep the roots go here at Gustavus,” Sophomore and Defensive Back. Ryan Zamzow said. Fans are encouraged to attend and show their Gustie pride. “Everyone should come to the game [on] Saturday because [the team has] put in a lot of hard work these last [two] weeks to prepare for the Cobbers and are more than ready to compete at home in front of our great fans,” Zamzow said.
This year’s Homecoming is planned to be a success and a time for Gusties to come together. “I am excited for homecoming because we have lots of fun events planned for Gustavus students, we also have $2,000 in prizes for our Casino Night event. I also love the Homecoming shirts-they are dry fit,” Ramirez said. This special event will set the tone for a fantastic year to come.
Students are encouraged to attend all events and to help be a part of a high energy, exciting tradition on campus. “Students should attend the events for good food and chances to win some awesome prizes! It’s also a fun way to show your Gustie spirit,” Ramirez said.
CAB has worked extremely hard to put together such a complex and fun filled event for all students and alumni. They are eager to see the magic of Gustavus events come together. “It will be an eventful, but fun week for Gusties! There’s nothing quite like a great Gustie gathering and that’s what makes it so special,” Eidahl said.