University of Connecticut’s annual Homecoming week will take place from Oct. 21 through 27.
With a mix of traditional and new events, participants will have many opportunities to get involved.
This year’s theme is cities, and homecoming delegates from each team will work with SUBOG to make sure their team is well represented and has fun.
To kick things off, on Oct. 21 is one of the most popular and longest running events of Homecoming, the parade, which will take place on Hillside Road at 12 p.m.
Float construction will take place the day before the parade, and organizations are responsible for purchasing all necessary material. Floats are expected to display a combination of elements from their city and UConn spirit.
Judges will base their scores off of each team’s originality, group spirit, theme representation and overall quality of presentation.
On Tuesday, Alma Mater Sing will be held in the Student Union Theatre. Each team will come up with their own rendition of UConn’s alma mater. Closed auditions will take place prior to Homecoming week for each group entry, and the top six groups will compete on Tuesday.
The Homecoming pageant will also take place on Tuesday. All full-time UConn undergraduate students who are not on probation can submit applications to run for king or queen.
Applicants will go through two rounds of voting and Royal Tea, which is a group interview process. The top five contestants for king and queen categories will comprise the Homecoming court and compete during the pageant.
The pageant will feature three rounds: costumes relating to his/her organization, an entertaining performance and a question about a campus issue.
Lip Sync will take place on Thursday in Gampel Pavilion. Teams will choreograph dances and perform songs that relate to their city.
“I participated in lip sync as a freshman and had the time of my life, and the fun that I had during this event is what led me to run for Gamma Phi’s delegate,” Shelby Bray, a seventh-semester art history major and homecoming delegate for Gamma Phi Beta, said.
Teams are allowed a maximum of 80 participants and have seven minutes to perform and impress the judges, who will be looking for originality, good routines, professionalism and lip syncing.
Zhenna Stewart, a seventh-semester communication and human development and family studies major at UConn and Alpha Epsilon Phi’s delegate, participated in the last three Homecomings and says that Lip Sync is her favorite event.
“I’m most excited for Lip Sync because it’s in Gampel,” Stewart said. “Our practices are a good way to get to know our other teammates and each other.”
Each organization will also have the opportunity to make a banner that goes along with their theme. Banners are due by Oct. 12 and will hang in the Student Union lobby during the entire week.
The week’s activities will culminate on Oct. 27 with the Homecoming football game against the University of Massachusetts at Pratt and Whitney Stadium.
Alumni are encouraged to attend the game, and the Homecoming court is invited to make an appearance on the field during halftime.
“I’m so excited to see what everyone comes up with and that we as a community can come together and get involved,” Bray said.
For more information about Homecoming, visit https://homecoming.uconn.edu.
Emma Gehr is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.