Homecoming is next week: A preview of what to expect
Homecoming returns to University of the Pacific for the second year Oct. 17-19 2014. Homecoming became an American tradition on college campuses in the 1920s. Homecoming is always centered around a game, and is a time for parades, speeches, events and demonstrations.
A time for alumni to return and relive memories. While current students will create memories that will last a lifetime. Last year’s Homecoming revival was a roaring success.
This year’s first big Homecoming event is the Tiger Rally: United We ROAR! on Friday Oct. 17. The Tiger Rally will integrate Lip Sync and Midnight Mania, two prominent Pacific events. Lip Sync is a popular competition between fraternities, sororities, clubs and other groups on-campus for bragging rights for the hottest dance moves, costumes and music. Midnight Mania is the first chance of the season to see the men’s and women’s basketball teams and contests, challenges and performances are typically included.
The prequel to Tiger Rally is a tailgating party and food truck frenzy held at the Chris Kjeldsen Pool Parking Lot. The Homecoming Parade tradition of taking over Miracle Mile with floats, music and festivities will take place on Saturday Oct. 18.
Taste of Pacific will take place after the Homecoming Parade. While limited to participants over 21, Taste of Pacific is a popular alumni get together. There will be an assortment of food and alcoholic beverages offered. Several wineries owned by Pacific alumni will be in attendance. There will be reserved seating for specific graduating classes and organizations.
Homecoming will celebrate the reunions of the classes of 2004, 1989, 1984 and 1974 with a champagne toast Saturday. There will also be additional specific alumni reunions happening throughout Homecoming weekend.
Additional events happening on Friday Oct. 17 include: Homecoming Golf Tournament, Groundbreaking Celebration for the Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center and Field Hockey game against Stanford.
Saturday Oct. 18 events include: 5k Tiger Dash and 1/2 Mile Cub Run, Anniversary Brunch celebrating Benerd School of Education 90th anniversary, a Quidditch game against San Jose State and chemistry and physics department demonstrations.
Sunday Oct. 19 the festivities begin to wrap-up. Sunday’s events include the Fellowship Continental Breakfast.
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