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Action-packed Homecoming week celebrates school spirit and pride

By Kayla Pearson
Around Campus Editor
Oct. 15, 2009

School spirit reigned high from Sept. 28 to Oct. 3 as students sought the hawk within and partipated in homecoming events.

The idea the homecoming committee had this year was to transform homecoming into something more collegiate centered around tradtions.

“I think that the week went very successful and we accomplished the goal of starting traditions on UNCP’s campus. We have introduced our alma mater to our students as well as given them the facts on our history that hadn’t been noted earlier,” ACE Coordinator Cassi Vinson said.

The band plays in support of the Braves football team
Photo by Grant Merritt
The band plays in support of the Braves football team that defeated Webber International during the 2009 homecoming game. The Braves are now 6-1.
Game day
A school record of 4,843 people showed up on Oct. 3 to cheer the Braves to another football victory against Webber International. The team won 30-3.

The day started in the tailgating zone earlier that day.

Five student organizations had access to tailgate. Lambda Theta Xi gave out free barbeque plates. Student Life gave away pom poms and temporary tattoos and had four inflatables out in the parking lot for children and students to play on.

In additon, Foxy 99 came out and did live remotes from the zone. This was one of the many times they had come throughout the week, putting UNCP events on the radio.

“Tailgating zone was huge,” Student Life Director Michael Severy said.

Pembroke’s Got Talent
Student acts Elisha Lawson, Kierra Carmine, 3 N Harmony, Cortes Powell and Nyimea all showcased their various talents in the finale of Pembroke’s Got Talent, but it was senior theater major Lawson that walked away with the title.

Overall Pembroke’s Got Talent was a great way to get our student body involved. It is great to see students actually get involved with student activities,” ACE One Night Stand Coordinator Lamar Courmon said.

Judged on originality, appearance, clarity and crowd reaction, Lawson stole the crowd’s affection with his dance skit that included a play on Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, a Transformers theme and a Michael Jackson montage. Unfortunately, the winner hurt his leg imitating the late pop idol.

"I thought the show was very diverse. It was nice to see different lifestyles being displayed in front of one crowd without any disrespect,” said senior Dewone Gaillard.

Runner up Carmine showed another side of dancing with a praise dance to Kirk Franklin’s “My Love, My Life, My All,” which she dedicated to her roommate.

“I just wanted to showcase my talent. I did it for God and to show people on campus that you can be you and still have the Lord with you. Being the runner up was a bonus. Just to show people what God means to me and what he does for me is all I need,” she said.

Fashion show
With a hurt Lawson unable to perform again, Carmine took his place at the fashion show.

Soleil Modeling made its debut on the campus with a modeling show on Oct. 1 centered on school spirit and college life.

After an introduction of the group, the models started with a tribute to the late Michael Jackson. Dressed in black and gold togas and suits, the group did their impression of “Remember the Time.”

This led into a “Thriller” scene that ended with a tearing down of a R.I.P. Webber banner from the back stage signifying the football team’s victory over Webber International.

The show “was exhilarating and nerve-racking all at the same time. We honestly didn’t know how everything would be received and if we would execute correctly, but when the lights were on and it counted the most, we did our thing and it came out better than we could have imagined,” junior Andrew Taylor said.

Surprise guest
In between set changes the NPHC Greeks strolled, Pembroke’s Got Talent runner up performed and singer Young Steff made a surprise guest appearance by singing a 30 second clip of his single.

“It was an huge success especially since the largest amount of the models came from the freshman class and had never modeled before. They did great and I’m looking forward to working with them again in the spring,” ACE’s Keith Townsend said.

Students crowded into the UC Annex filling the place until the venue reached capacity causing some to watch the show from the windows. Those who got in were pleased with the show.

“I thought the modeling show was fantastic. It was well organized and showed real school spirit in a unique way,” Bianca Eddleman said.

alumni and faculty gather to tailgate
Photo by Grant Merritt
Before the football game students, alumni and faculty gather to tailgate. Tailgating has become a tradition before every home game since the start of the 2007 football season.
More than 500 students, alumni and guests showed up in the UC Annex on Oct. 2 in their semi-formal wear to enjoy a night of mingling, food and dancing.

“We had a good turnout and the event was classy and sophisticated,” ACE Main Stage Coordinator Citara Daniel said.

“Compared to the previous three semi-formals, excluding my first, that I have been to, this one was the best,”Akiyah McGhie said. “The semi-formal atmosphere is always different from other dances.”

Comedians Ryan Conner, Joy Gohring, Michael Palascak, and Azeem entertained a crowd of more than 200 with their comedy.

Their jokes centered around life, politics and being students.

“I really enjoyed the comedy show. Everyone had their funny moments, but Akeem was the best,” senior Brittany Millikan said.

The show was free for all patrons. “Good comedy at an affordable price,” ACE Co-coordinator Jermaris Genwright said.


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