A week to prove who has the most spirit

By Sydney Shaw
Opinions Editor

Students pose with Roscoe the Lion in the Student Center. (Kyle Bennion / Photo Editor)
Students pose with Roscoe the Lion in the Student Center. (Kyle Bennion / Photo Editor)

Culminating in the Homecoming tailgate and football game on Saturday, Oct. 25, the College’s 27th annual Spirit Week was replete with field games, giveaways, green screen photo shoots and live musical performances.

This year’s theme centered on HBO Shows: Fraternities, sororities, club sports and other on-campus organizations then revealed their team banners in the Brower Student Center on Monday, Oct. 20. A “Game of Thrones” themed banner was brilliantly brought to life by Kappa Delta, Phi Alpha Delta and Delta Lambda Phi, reading “Homecoming is Coming.”

A tribute to “True Blood” by Theta Phi Alpha and Phi Kappa Psi featured a fanged woman with blood dripping from her lips.

For the series “John Adams,” Phi Sigma Sigma and Club Baseball made a banner and shirts that read “Join, or die,” the title of the show’s pilot episode. For the show “Band of Brothers,” Delta Zeta, Sigma Pi and Lambda Theta Alpha brought camouflage colors, dog tags and other army elements into a football-themed banner.

On Tuesday, Oct. 21, students tie-dyed shirts blue and gold in the Brower Student Center until 2 p.m. The afternoon ended with a heated volleyball tournament.

On Wednesday, Oct. 22, not even the pouring rain could stop the events taking place on the Sundial Lawn throughout the day. Between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., organizations partook in nonstop activities like men’s cheerleading, women’s tug-of-war, a potato sack race, dizzy bat, a three-legged race and a human pyramid.

Wednesday also marked the T-shirt swap headed by Student Government. Students traded in high school T-shirts or another college’s T-shirts for brand new Homecoming 2014 shirts. The event, funded by the Student Finance Board, garnered at least 350 T-shirts to donate to Goodwill.

A free rally towel giveaway was hosted in the Brower Student Center on Thursday, Oct. 23, followed by the performance of a live band. Students at meal equiv were treated to the hip-hop/pop-rock sounds of cover band Under Pressure. According to the band’s website, Under Pressure is “a fresh and spunky female-fronted party band that has no problem captivating any crowd.”

That night for another Homecoming activity, students participated in utensil wrapping for the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, wrapping forks, spoons and knives.

Friday, Oct. 24, was Blue and Gold Day, during which all students and staff were encouraged to represent the College by wearing school colors. The Homecoming committee gave away blue and gold spirit items, blue and gold cupcakes and hosted blue and gold-themed green screen photos. The College’s mascot, Roscoe, even showed up for pictures.

Finally, on Friday night, students gathered in the Recreation Center to enjoy the capstone of the Spirit Week events — the lip sync and dance competitions

“I went and participated in last year’s event and thought it was spectacular — however, this year’s event exceeded my expectations,” sophomore class council president Robert Kinloch said. “As a brother of Phi Alpha Delta, I could not have been prouder of the way the guys from our fraternity and the girls of Kappa Delta sorority competed.”

The Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, Sigma Kappa sorority and Sigma Lambda Beta fraternity won Homecoming Spirit Week after taking first place in the lip syncing and dance competitions and the banner competition.

“The dance that (they) put on about ‘The Pacific’ was so astonishing that it gave me the chills,” Kinloch said.

The brothers and sisters were able to enjoy Homecoming knowing they were the most school spirited — at least for this year.