Tailgate will be fun

This article is a response to Tim Lee’s “Secret plan to raise more alumni dollars will backfire” and Anonymous Senior’s “Policy changes will ruin Homecoming for all,” published on Oct. 2.

By: John Castaldo
Executive Director of Alumni Affairs

Much has been written about Homecoming 2013 and the few changes that are being implemented for this year’s event. Despite suggestions to the contrary, this will be a fun and enjoyable day for all who attend. Alumni and students will still have the opportunity to gather and celebrate friendships, support our student athletes and participate in all the traditional activities associated with the conclusion of Spirit Week.

In the interest of promoting a safer and more respectful environment for all our guests, however, the College, not the Alumni Association, has made three changes:

For safety reasons, no cars will be allowed in the designated event lots. Guests are, however, encouraged to bring tables, chairs, tents and food. Sodexo Dining Services will also have food, soda, water, beer and wine available for purchase.

Alcoholic beverages will be permitted in designated areas for those of legal drinking age. IDs will be checked and wristbands will be required for all guests.

A band chosen by the Alumni Association will provide pre-game music. A student DJ (the winner of Greek Affairs DJ contest) will provide music for the post-game celebration. Out of respect for the athletic teams, there will be no music during the football game. The Alumni Association will pay for both the band and the student DJ.

Again, these changes were put forth in the spirit of creating a safe environment for all to enjoy. I encourage everyone to come out and have fun. After the event, we will gather as we do every year and discuss ways to improve it for the future. Student Government has expressed an interest in being a part of this discussion and we will welcome their input.