Homecoming @ IUPUI is a slam dunk

Six fun-packed homecoming happenings from Feb. 9 - 14

By Vincent Roberts

IUPUI’s Division of Student Affairs
is raising the bar this year for its annual homecoming event. 

“This year, we are partnering with the [Residence Hall Association] and Jag Rage,” says Charlie Meier, sponsorship co-director of the Homecoming Student Committee. “Homecoming hasn’t been as large-scale as other universities and we are really pushing school pride this year.” 

Jag Rage is IUPUI’s only spirit organization. Students join to actively participate in ramping up school pride on campus. RHA helps plan and execute events coordinated between all four IUPUI residence halls. 

Homecoming events will take place from Monday, Feb. 9 to Saturday, Feb. 14. The kick-off event is on Monday, Feb. 9 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Campus Center atrium. The other events for the week may be found on the homecoming schedule on the IUPUI Division of Student Affairs website.  

The final event of the week is the women’s basketball game, Saturday at 3 p.m. in The Jungle. During halftime, homecoming King and Queen will be crowned. This year’s court consists of 10 IUPUI students from different schools and walks of life. Early in the week will be an invite-only Homecoming Court reception for Elizabeth “Elly” Alexander, Mary Ankenbruck, Jonathon Bell, Kalob Gossett, Leandro Moretti, Chuantiava Sells, Samantha Timmermann, Brendan Vickers, Chelsea Wheeler and Antonio White. 

The men’s basketball team will play Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne at the Indiana Fairgrounds Coliseum, Wednesday night at 7 p.m.  

“The women’s team has been hot here at home. With the King and Queen being announced at the game, I think it will be an exciting afternoon,” said Meier.

For the music lovers, Live at Lunch will feature live music in the Campus Center Atrium, 1 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Live acts include Minneapolis vocal ensemble Six Appeal and singer/songwriters Hana Pestle and Noah Guthrie. Grammy Award-winning gospel artist, Rudy Currence will also be playing at the Campus Center Tuesday night at the Student Activities Programming Board Event. 

Drew Musselman, evening events chair for the Homecoming Student Committee is looking forward to comedian Arvin Mitchell’s performance on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Campus Center Theater. 

“He’s really funny and I think it’ll be a relaxing time for people to come and hang out,” Musselman said.  

For those individuals who prefer entertaining rather than being entertained, homecoming will feature JagJam—a student talent show, where anyone can showcase their talents in front of their peers. So, if you sing like Pavarotti or Bob Dylan, go to the IUPUI Division of Student Affairs webpage and sign up. 

Following JagJam, the Homecoming Dance—perhaps one of the most popular events of the week—will start at 10 p.m. on Friday. 

Each school or department has the option of signing up to participate in the Can the Dean contest. The goal is to surround the dean of your school in their office with canned goods you and your comrades collect. The winner will receive an “awesome IUPUI prize pack” and the cans will be donated to Paws Pantry.

Registered student organizations have the opportunity to participate in the Window Decorating contest. Each organization will be assigned a window in the Campus Center to decorate in the name of Jaguar pride.

Another activity for every school, department or student organization is Deck Out Your Space. This event gives students and faculty the opportunity to decorate their areas to show their school spirit off to the rest of campus. 

There is a weeklong series of events for members of each fraternity or sorority to prove their school spirit as well. The seven part series will begin with a “Life Obstacle Course” Monday night in the Campus Center TV lounge at 7 p.m. 

To emphasize the Homecoming Student Committee’s commitment to delivering a well-planned, well-executed week, Charlie Meier leaves the students of IUPUI with a message.

“We have food for you. We have entertainment. You can relax with us while listening to some live music and sipping on a cold Coke. You can enjoy a couple basketball games and the friendly competition of homecoming contests. Come out for Homecoming week and experience the impact IUPUI can make on your life.”

All information and applications for the events and contests for Homecoming week can be found on the Division for Student Affairs website.