Homecoming kickoff began with a circus-themed party on Sunday, Oct. 7, in the President’s Courtyard.
The party included several circus acts like fire-tamers and sword-walkers. In addition to the attendees, some students with a good view watched from their dorm room windows.
On Monday, Oct. 8, Macho Volleyball, where teams of male students coached by women competed, took place at 9 p.m. in the Ryder Center. Many of the teams were from fraternities and lead by sorority members. The Law Club took first place.
“It was fun and a good friend-making athletic event,” said Alpha Sigma Alpha team member Jerrid Pline. “I played last year and was asked again this year, so I gladly said yes to the opportunity.”
Tuesday, Oct. 9, saw a campus favorite, the lip sync battle. Hamilton gym was packed with students as they watched RSOs compete by lip syncing songs. Many dressed up in themed costumes like “American Horror Story” or performed to songs such as “Anaconda” by Nicki Minaj. Sigma Pi won the competition.
A new event, the Quiz Bowl, was put on Wednesday, Oct. 10. The trivia tournament took place in the TSAR at 9:30 p.m. and had several participating teams, mainly RSOs. They also had free snacks for students, as plenty spectators came to watch. Kappa Tau Epsilon took the Quiz Bowl victory.
“Quiz Bowl was challenging but fun,” said Forever Red team member Crystal Schultz. “It was surprising how many people came to support their teams.”
The Powderpuff Football game took place on Thursday, Oct. 11, on the Intramural Fields. Several all-women teams participated, led by male coaches. Most teams were RSOs or sororities. The women’s rugby team took first place.
Free pictures for students were available at the Zahnow Amphitheater on Friday, Oct. 12. Students showed up sporting red and blue as donuts were provided.
The window decorating competition also ended Friday, and Alpha Kappa Lambda took first place.
The Homecoming parade and football game both took place on Saturday, Oct. 13. The parade consisted of floats created by RSOs, fraternities and sororities. Many of the floats represented their respective organizations, and members threw candy to the watching crowd.
“(The parade) was super cool, and I can’t wait to experience it again,” said freshman Brittany Ahlgrim. “I personally had no idea that college Homecoming was a thing, and I love it. The energy was high, and the floats were awesome.”
The Cardinals won the Homecoming game against Northern Michigan University with a final score of 30-10.
The winners of the voting for Homecoming King and Queen were announced at halftime. Tyler Boylen and Kayla Flintoft took their respective crowns.
“I think Homecoming has truly shown the best SVSU has to offer when it comes to engaging students,” said Student Life employee Jack Duly. “It is always great when you get to see over 20 clubs facing off against each other in the spirit of friendly competition.”