Homecoming reigns in celebration

With the Damien High School Marching Regiment in tow, University of La Verne President Devorah Leiberman descends Second Street in an antique Ford as a part of the Homecoming Pregame Parade. Just one of the festivities going on in the Campus Center Mall that morning, the parade featured President Leiberman as well as ULV alumni and the Homecoming Court. / photo by Andrew Vasquez

Karlie Bettencourt
Staff Writer

Alumni, students, faculty, friends and family came out for several days of Homecoming events.

The Slime the Court event was held on Friday in Sneaky Park as part of the ‘90s-themed day of activities.

Members of the homecoming court were drenched in Nickelodeon-green slime by attendees at the event.

The cover band 90s210, which covered 1990s hits such as Green Day’s “Basket Case,” provided musical entertainment for the event as commuters were offered a free lunch and Leopard bobbleheads.

Jenae Hodges pulls out the gold record symbolizing that she was elected Homecoming Queen. Hodges is a business management major. / Cameron Barr

Jacob Acevedo, business management major, was crowned Homecoming King with Jenae Hodges, business management major, being awarded Homecoming Queen.

On Saturday the Big Band Decades Street Fair packed Second Street with people playing games at different organizations’ booths, and watching performances and the parade.

Clubs and organizations chose iconic movies from different decades as a theme for their booths and floats.

The first place prize for best booth went to Psi Chi who themed their booth around “Alice in Wonderland.”

Iota Delta Sorority based its theme on the movie “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and handed out chocolate bars that had the potential of containing golden tickets.

Their float won first place and consisted of a wagon decorated to look like the boat from the film, which was being driven by a stuffed animal lion dressed up as Willy Wonka.

Phi Sigma Sigma themed its booth around the movie “Grease.” They gave out root beer floats to those who came by.

The debate team themed its booth around the “Star Wars” movies, and had members dressed up as Jedi warriors with light sabers. Its float consisted of the Death Star blowing up Chapman University.

“We just relax and have fun,” said Will Reilley, a sophomore computer science and speech communications major. “We are promoting our team with food and trophies.”

The Residence Hall Association chose the movie “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.” Members handed out Reese’s Pieces and allowed guests to make a flower pot out of pudding, chocolate rice cereal, gummy worms and a fake flower.

“We have a game where you have to throw a frog into the cups,” said Kelley Maggiulli, sophomore liberal studies major. “We are giving out movies to the winners.”

Another popular booth at the fair was the theater booth that used its upcoming production of “Red Noses” as their theme.

During halftime at the Homecoming football game friends held up Jacob Acevedo as he was crowned this year’s Homecoming King. Acevedo plans to graduate this year with a bachelor’s degree in business management. He is also a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. / Cameron Barr

“If you can juggle or throw a bell, button or marble into one of the figures on the table then you get a free ticket to one of the performances,” Alexis Robles, sophomore theater arts major, said.

“Red Noses is about ways to help people laugh,” Robles said.

The La Verne Spirit Squad performed during the street fair and was followed by a surprise flash mob performance.

The flash mob consisted of a mixture of students, alumni and faculty who came together to do a dance mash-up of different popular songs through the decades.

“I’ve gone to most of the booths at the fair,” sophomore chemistry major Estefania Gomez said. “I really like how ASULV has ‘The Sandlot’ theme. It is really cool.”

Toward the end of the fair, there was a parade down Second Street where Damien High School Marching Band marched with its color guard.

Also in the parade were all the floats that had been made by different organizations on campus.

Alpha Omicron Pi’s float depicted their theme of “Beauty and the Beast.”

Black Student Union had a wagon decorated with multiple characters from Looney Tunes to represent their movie theme, “Space Jam.”

Psi Chi’s float depicted mushrooms on a grassy floor with tea sets in between to match their movie of choice, “Alice in Wonderland.”

Sigma Kappa’s float represented “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and had a doll holding a microphone next to a car.

Homecoming court was also in the parade, as well as alumni from the classes of 1951, 1961, 1971, 1981, 1991 and 2001.

Grace Casale contributed to this story.

Karlie Bettencourt can be reached at karlie.bettencourt@laverne.edu.

The story “Homecoming reigns in celebration,” which ran on Page 6 of the Oct. 28 Campus Times misnamed the majors of the Homecoming king and queen. Jacob Acevedo is a business administration major and Jenae Hodges is a child development and business administration major. The Homecoming story also erroneously named the first place booth winner. Phi Sigma Sigma sorority won first place for its “Grease” themed booth.

Andrew Vasquez

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