Time to get cocky: It's Homecoming week
By Megan Sexton, firstname.lastname@example.org, 803-777-1421
A Friday night alumni rally in Columbia’s Vista, the Cockfest pep rally and a pre-game alumni tailgate party Saturday morning highlight this year’s Homecoming Week at the University of South Carolina.
With the theme, “Cocky for a Reason,” Gamecock Nation will gather to celebrate all the reasons students, faculty, staff and alumni have to be cocky.
“Homecoming is always a great event because it is a huge opportunity not only for alumni to reconnect with their alma mater, but also an opportunity for many areas within the university to reach out and engage alumni of all ages,” said Brad Muller, My Carolina Alumni Association’s senior director of communications.
The festivities begin with Service Saturday on Nov. 3, a week before the Gamecocks take on the Arkansas Razorbacks at Williams-Brice Stadium at noon, Nov. 10. Along with university-wide events, individual colleges and programs are hosting parties, open houses and other festivities. Here are some of the highlights, listed by day. For more information see My Carolina’s listing of activities and the Student Affairs’ website.
Saturday, Nov. 3
Service Saturday -- Students start Homecoming Week early, participating in service activities around the Columbia community.
Sunday, Nov. 4
Paint the Town Garnet -- Student organizations compete to show off their Gamecock spirit in a banner competition and the Paint the Town Garnet showcase, where downtown Columbia businesses allow students to paint their windows to display Gamecock pride.
FT5K race -- Hosted by USC Dance Marathon, which is open to students and community members and benefits Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, the 5K race begins at 1 p.m. at the Blatt P.E. Center on Wheat Street. Participants can register at www.uscdm.org
Monday, Nov. 5
Official Homecoming kickoff -- Carolina students can enjoy free food, fun and games from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Greene Street in front of the Russell House. At 8 p.m., student organizations will compete in the popular Spurs and Struts dance competition, also on Greene Street.
Tuesday, Nov. 6
Homecoming Showcase -- The 2012 Homecoming king and queen will be selected at Showcase. The 7 p.m. event at the Carolina Coliseum is open to USC students, faculty and staff with their Carolina Card.
Wednesday, Nov. 7
Canned Creations -- From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Greene Street in front of the Russell House, student organizations will race against time to build theme-oriented creations with cans of food that will be donated to Harvest Hope Food Bank.
Thursday, Nov. 8
Cockfest -- USC’s annual Homecoming student pep rally and outdoor concert will be at 8 p.m. on Greene Street.
Friday, Nov. 9
Homecoming parade -- The annual Homecoming Parade will glide through campus, starting at 3 p.m. Community members and students can line up along any of the streets bordering the Horseshoe to get a glimpse of the floats, the Homecoming king and queen and this year’s grand marshal, Gamecock legend George Rogers.
Step Show --- Following the parade, students and members of the community are invited to the annual Step Show competition between the NPHC fraternity and sororities at USC, which will be hosted by YouTube sensation Spoken Reasons. Doors open at the Carolina Coliseum at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are free for USC students, faculty and staff and will be available for pick-up at the Russell House Information Desk starting on Monday, Nov. 5. Students will need their ticket and CarolinaCard for entry into the show. Tickets for the public are $10 and can be purchased at the Koger Center box office through Thursday, Nov. 8 and at the Coliseum box office on the day of the show.
Alumni rally in the Vista -- The free event kicks off with a pep rally, the Carolina cheerleaders and music by Right to Party. Cocky will be there, too. It runs from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at the Blue Marlin, 1200 Lincoln St.
Alumni awards gala -- A gala cocktail event from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center will honor some of Carolina's distinguished alumni. Tickets are $35.
Saturday, Nov. 10
Homecoming Service of Remembrance -- The university will honor the memory of members of the Carolina community who have passed away in the last year at the USC Homecoming Service of Remembrance at 8:30 a.m. at Rutledge Chapel on the Horseshoe.
Alumni pre-game tent party -- Starting at 9 a.m., three hours before the noon kickoff, the pre-game tailgate party will be across the street from Williams-Brice Stadium at the new Farmers Market, right next to Gamecock Walk. Tickets are $25 per adults and $15 for children 11 and under.
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