What’s going on for Homecoming

Anthony Hellmueller

It’s about coming home.

Seeing places and greeting people who who will always be remembered.

This is Homecoming.

“Homecoming gives alumni a chance to see their alma mater and notice the changes that it has undergone since they graduated,” said Charley Pride, chairman of the Homecoming 2002 Committee.

Here is a rundown of some of this year’s events:

Central Hall will be renamed Minton Hall during a dedication at 4 p.m. tomorrow. The change will honor Western’s fifth president, John D. Minton, who served at the head post for six months in 1979.

The Homecoming Parade,”Once Upon A Hill,” begins at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow and will feature floats by campus organizations.

Western’s 1952 Football team will serve as Grand Marshals in the parade. The group will take Big Red Way down to the Guthrie Bell Tower.

Parts of Big Red Way will be closed from 5 to 8:30 p.m. during the event. Other closings will span from 14th Street to University Boulevard.

Wachovia Securities will sponsor the Fifth Annual Big Red Street Fest this year.

The carnival-type festival will follow the Homecoming parade. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the bell tower.

“So many of the Homecoming events held on Saturday are restricted to alumni and campus organizations and we established this event to bring families and friends of the community to campus,” said Alex Downing, of the Warren County Alumni Chapter.

“Skip Bond and the Fugitives” will also perform. Admission is free.

Big Red’s Roar begins at 8 p.m. Friday in the Colonnade. The event will feature the 2002 Hilltopper football team, Big Red, the Big Red Marching Band, the cheerleading team, the Topperettes and the 2002 Homecoming Queen candidates.

Tents, chairs and coolers will fill any available green space Saturday as students and alumni tailgate before the Toppers kickoff against Indiana State.

Tailgating begins at 1 p.m.

Live musical entertainment will be provided at the Preston Health and

Activities Center entrance by “The Blues’ Other Brothers.”

Parking and admission are free.

The Hilltoppers will kickoff against Indiana State at 4:30 p.m. at Smith Stadium. At halftime of the game, one of the 25 candidates for Homecoming Queen will be crowned. The Big Red Marching Band will also perform music from “Lord of the Rings.”

Immediately following the game, The National Panhellenic Council will sponsor the annual Step Show. The event begins at 8 p.m. at Bowling Green High School.