Homecoming nominees illuminated

The 2001 ULV Homecoming Court was presented on Monday night at the annual Illumination. The nominations came from various organizations, clubs and individuals. Voting takes place this week and the king and queen will be announced at halftime during Saturday's football game. The court includes (left to right) Aaron Rodriguez, Joy Gardner, Ryan MacDonald, Fiona Carter, Anthony Granillo, Gina Cerullo (last year's queen), Danny Craig (last year's king), Katie Aimone, Greg Hemenover, Trisha Garcia, Ross Mathews and Britain Semain. / photo by Juan Garcia
The 2001 ULV Homecoming Court was presented on Monday night at the annual Illumination. The nominations came from various organizations, clubs and individuals. Voting takes place this week and the king and queen will be announced at halftime during Saturday’s football game. The court includes (left to right) Aaron Rodriguez, Joy Gardner, Ryan MacDonald, Fiona Carter, Anthony Granillo, Gina Cerullo (last year’s queen), Danny Craig (last year’s king), Katie Aimone, Greg Hemenover, Trisha Garcia, Ross Mathews and Britain Semain. / photo by Juan Garcia

by Jaclyn Roco
Staff Writer

Princes and princesses for the University of La Verne’s Homecoming Court 2001 were formerly announced Monday at the annual “Illumination” ceremony on the steps of Founders Hall.

Following this year’s theme, “Coming to a Theater Near You,” the court was introduced with many major movie effects, such as red carpet and spotlights.

Travis Berry, commissioner for the Associated Students Federation (ASF) Forum, said the event turned out like a “major picture.”

This year’s court includes: Anthony Granillo, Greg Hemenover, Ryan MacDonald, Ross Mathews, Aaron Rodriguez, Katie Aimone, Fiona Carter, Trisha Garcia, Joy Gardner and Britain Semain.

Mario Guerrero, president of ASF, said he was pleased with the results of the event.

“It was the best we had in five years, and I’ve been here for five years,” he said.

Most of the nominees said they were surprised to be named for the court.

Britain Semain, a child development major, said she hoped she would be nominated, but did not expect it when Phi Sigma Sigma voted for her. A native Californian, Semain hopes to “continue to interpret for the deaf, and create a recreation and leisure program for people with special needs.”

“More than anything, it was an honor to be nominated,” Semain said. “It completed my senior year.”

The sorority Phi Sigma Sigma also nominated Aaron Rodriguez.

With interests in joining the business world, Rodriguez’ main goal besides graduation is to drive across the country, he said.

Tricia Garcia, a psychology major from Ontario, said that she was not sure of her future goals.

“I have tons of goals,” she said, “but I want to basically be successful in life and be happy.”

Garcia said that she too was “really excited and honored” to be nominated by her friends in the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

Two other princesses, Fiona Carter and Katie Aimone, represented the sorority Iota Delta.

Carter, a criminology major, said she was shocked to see her name on the final list of candidates.

“I think you just have to have a couple of people like you,” Carter said.

Aimone, on the other hand, said she was nominated specifically by her friend Amanda Hubbard.

With hopes of achieving a career in the Air Force, Aimone said she wants to do public relations in the military field, although she now majors in athletic training.

Although the sororities and fraternities on campus nominated most of the candidates, Greg Hemenover, a liberal studies major, was chosen because of his work in the Orientation Week Leader program.

“One of my good friends, Kenny George, asked if I wanted to be in it,” Hemenover said.

Hemenover’s main goal is to get a degree and to teach in the near future.

Like Hemenover, Joy Gardner, president of Sigma Kappa, also hopes to teach.

“I plan to continue with a masters and then become a principal,” Gardner said.

Gardner, who is usually involved in the Homecoming committee, is now in the spotlight herself.

“It’s nice to be on the other end,” Gardner said.

Ryan MacDonald, a sports editor for the Campus Times, was very surprised to be nominated by his friends.

A journalism major, MacDonald said his big hope is to graduate on time.

“I just want to graduate knowing that I learned things in the four years, while having a good time,” he said.

The king and queen will be announced at halftime during the football game Saturday.

The Leopards will be competing against Chapman University.


Other Homecoming Events

Monday Oct. 22: Illumination Night at Founders’ Hall steps featured the introduction of the Homecoming Court Hollywood style (complete with red carpet, and spotlights).

Tuesday Oct. 23: Monte Carlo Night at the Old Gym gave the ULV students an opportunity to gamble Vegas style without spending any of their own money.

Wednesday Oct. 24: Cosmic Bowling was relocated to Brunswick Upland Bowl.

Thursday Oct. 25: Singled Out was hosted just like the TV show and the winners were given Knott’s Scary Farm tickets.

Thursday Oct. 25: Karaoke Night at Red Devil Pizza was held from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. and featured drink specials.

Friday Oct. 26: Barbeque with KROQ at Sneaky Park.

Saturday Oct. 27: Student Faire was set up with booths from various organizations in ULV that followed this year’s theme “Coming to a Theater Near You.”

Saturday Oct. 27: Coronation of King and Queen during halftime of football game.

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