UIS Homecoming 2014 set

‘Paint the Cornfield Blue’

It’s that time of the year again, and, starting on Oct. 5, UIS officially kicks off its Homecoming festivities, beginning with the final day of the Dan Salisbury Memorial Collegiate Invitational golf tournament in Springfield. The Homecoming celebration includes the traditional parade, spirit games and more, all culminating in a soccer doubleheader on Oct. 10 and a dance the following night.

For each of the five weekdays during Homecoming, UIS has declared a theme for which students may dress up and submit photos of themselves in an effort to win prizes. According to the UIS website, “Students are encouraged to dress up in the appropriate category for each day and to post a photo showing their spirit to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, tagging the Office of Transition Services.” The Office of Transition Services will choose a winner for each day. In order to be considered for selection, however, the photo must be taken on campus.

The theme on Monday, Oct. 6 is “Star Day: Dress like Your Favorite Celebrity or Character.” The only event on this day is the Pep Rally at 9:30 p.m. at TRAC. This event involves an introduction of the sports team as well as live performances. In addition, an announcement on the UIS website states that “UIS students receive a free Homecoming 2014 T-shirt with their iCard [while supplies last].”

The Spirit Games begin on Tuesday, Oct. 7, which is themed “You Do You Tuesday: Come Up with Your Own Themed Day.” This theme will allow students some freedom in choosing what they want to wear to show their school spirit. Associate Director of Student Life Beth Nahlik described the Spirit Games as “a weeklong competition where students compete as individuals in various activities.” Nahlik added extra incentive, stating, “Also, the winner from each category receives a large prize of UIS swag.” Tuesday’s Spirit Games events include guess-the-number-of-M & M’s contest and the bag toss.

Also on that Tuesday is the Greek Life Meet and Greet, which is sponsored by the Greek Affairs Board. Natalie To, the president of the UIS Greek Affairs Board, stated, “The Greek Life Meet and Greet is open to all students; we would like students to come and meet members from the established Greek Life organizations we have on campus.”

Wednesday, Oct. 8 has been given the theme “Corny Wednesday: Get weird and show us your oddest outfit.” The Spirit Games roll on with Campus Recreation’s Wacky Wednesday as well as the Triumph Tumble. Later in the evening is the Grant Edmonds Game Show, hosted by the Student Affairs Committee (SAC). SAC Chair Katie Voyles believes the show will provide students with a fun and engaging experience. “Why we chose the game show is because the community wanted an event that had the students up and moving and interacting with it, instead of being talked at by a comedian or something,” said Voyles. The Grant Edmonds Game Show is offered by Bass-Schuler entertainment, which SAC has used before to provide other forms of entertainment. The Bass-Schuler website states “this Variety Show is full of improvisation, goofy games, and of course, judges!… Multiple students are picked from the crowd to perform in a series of competitions~ Comedy, Modeling (for males only), Dating, Dancing, and “Air-Banding” (a prop-free version of Rock Band)~ and the more entertaining they are, the more money they win!” (http://bass-schuler.com/comedyvariety-game-show/).

Thursday, Oct. 9 is “UIS Throw Back Thursday: Show us your best interpretation of UIS through the decades and dress in your favorite time period while supporting UIS gear.” The day includes two more Spirit Games events, which are Mashed Potato Sculpting and Spike Ball. Students can also make their own Spirit Gear, which SAC hopes can be brought to the soccer games the following night. As opposed to decorative products produced last year, Voyles stated, “The Spirit Gear is going to be more so things you can take to the game and make noise.”

Friday, Oct. 10 is the last themed day. It is “UIS Day/Spirit Day: Wear anything that says UIS on it.” Brookens Library will be holding its annual book sale until 3 p.m., and also during that time the Spirit Games will conclude with a book art event. The U-Help, I-Help Springfield Service Event, which promotes public service among UIS students, will also be held on Oct. 10.  Friday afternoon is host to the two mile Homecoming Spirit Fun Run as well as the parade. Participating organizations are encouraged to follow the theme “Paint the Cornfield Blue,” and will be involved in the parade along with the UIS band. Following the parade, both the UIS women’s and men’s soccer teams play against Rockhurst. A fireworks display is planned to cap off the busy day!

Saturday, Oct. 11 is the final day, and, while it doesn’t have a theme, it certainly isn’t lacking in spirit activities. The Blue Crew and Spirit Team are sponsoring the “Blue Brunch,” which leads into the UIS Volleyball game against Southern Indiana at 3 p.m. Later in the evening is the Homecoming dance, which begins at 9:30 in the Student Life Building.