This year’s Homecoming to include community service opportunities

Alyssa Stencavage, Asst. Life Editor

Wilkes University will have its first pep rally of the 2012 fall sports season from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4. This year’s pep rally being a unique one for Wilkes, as the organization of the event was a collaborative effort between the Wilkes University Programming Board and Student Government.
The event kicks off at 7 p.m. with a performance by the cheerleaders. Coaches for fall sports teams will then make speeches about their homecoming weekend games and introduce their players. The dance team will close out the ceremony, leaving students to wander around to different activities and enjoy the night.
Jessica Short, president of Programming Board has planned many fun events for students.
“We will have inflatables or blow ups, such as an ultimate sports arena, jousting, boxing, a touchdown pass game, sumo wrestling and others. There will be a sign-making station for students to make spirited signs for the game. There will also be a T-shirt making station,” she said.
The T-shirt making station is predicted to be one of the most visited tables. There will be 500 white “Colonel Pride” shirts for students. At the station, there will be puff paint, spray fabric paint and fabric markers for students to decorate the T-shirts to wear to the game.
Before leaving, students can enjoy a meal of “cotton candy, snow cones, soft pretzels, popcorn, hot dogs and hamburgers,” Short said.
The first pep rally of the season has been in the planning stages for months now, and the WUPB and Student Government are excited to see the outcome.
“WUPB is funding the whole event, while student government has done a lot of planning aspects over the summer,” Short said. “We are all excited for the students to let loose and have fun.”