This year’s homecoming is going to be more inclusive and organized than last year’s, according to Rob Lepore, SUBOG Major Weekends Chairman and fifth-semester biological sciences major.
Last year, homecoming lacked the classic Lip Sync event, had minimal floats and a different level of participation from the cultural centers, according to a Daily Campus article. The exclusion of the cultural centers was particularly due to the fact that there was no homecoming chair or homecoming committee until the month of the event.
This year’s goal is to make sure everyone feels included in the activities, Lepore said.
“Homecoming’s goals for this year are to improve from last years unfortunate circumstances and make sure that everyone feels proud to be a Husky across campus,” Lepore said in an email. “We want to make sure that we are keeping the tradition alive but also doing it better than we ever have before.”
From Oct. 21 to Oct. 27, homecoming will hold numerous events across campus that lead to Sunday’s homecoming football game, Lepore said.
Homecoming is all about community building, allowing current students to connect with alumni and meet new people, Lepore said.
“Between the parade, tailgate, carnival and everything in between, homecoming is meant to bring together UConn students in true spirit of ‘Students Today, Huskies Forever’,” Lepore said.
This year is going to be different from any other year because Lip Sync, an annual campus-wide lip sync contest, is back, Lepore said. All the events will have a new flair.
“Our events become bigger than ever and the enthusiasm of students becomes contagious as involvements within events increases as well,” Lepore said. “Every year, there is a different reason to be prideful of UConn and a different piece to integrate into our Homecoming events.”
Rachel Philipson is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at email@example.com.