As I have mentioned in my earlier post, Homecoming is a time of year that everyone at Wagner seems to come together and the student body is one united force of Wagner pride. While it has changed much since my freshman year (time flies!), it is still an event that creates a lot of buzz around campus and where everyone, from alumni, administration, students, teachers, and parents get involved. I have seen it from some different sides, enjoying the old days of gathering in West Lot (now Stadium Lot) for the festivities, as a student attending the events, and last year working as an RA trying to keep order in the Residence Halls during the snow storm. Each year has been different and fun in its own way and I am excited to see what this year will bring.
There has been some concern over how practices have changed in the past couple of years, such as doing away with tailgating in the lot, erecting a tent for alumni and students, and restricting parking for organizations. While there is a tent where alcohol will be served to those 21+, responsibly enjoying tailgating isn't the only tradition that used to be associated with homecoming. Student organizations used to design floats and present them (can you imagine!?). This year will be the true test as last year, the wild snow storm had us all cooped up! Regardless of what people think, I encourage them to go out, support our team, and enjoy a day where Wagner is at its best. The game starts at 1pm against Robert Morris University, but make sure to not miss the BBQ at 11!
Res Ed will be checking bags at the entrance of each Residence Hall at the end of the week to ensure a safe event and to monitor the intake of alcohol into the buildings. It is important to keep safety in mind and I recommend that everyone keep in mind the true purpose of homecoming: to show school spirit and enjoy each other on this wonderful day. Anyone with questions might find this link helpful.
I asked the Associate Dean of Campus Life, Curtis Wright, if there was any message about homecoming he wanted to pass on. He told me, "Homecoming provides us with this amazing opportunity to celebrate the pageantry of the court, the excitement of the game and the camaraderie of the entire community coming together in a fantastic display of school spirit. Make the most of this weekend, have fun, stay safe, and take good care of each other."
Speaking of which, don't forget to vote for kind and queen! This is an exciting part of homecoming and the candidates really give it their all. It is a day of fantastic school spirit and it is a time to have fun but take a responsible hand in making sure that ourselves and others enjoy it responsibly.
I look forward to seeing you all there! Best!