Winning During Homecoming Week!

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Feels like home

By leachristine
Created Oct 12 2011 – 2:45pm
Students participate in homecoming activities
Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Photo by Lea Rittenhouse

As students packed the University Center Theater for the Patriot Idol finale Friday night, Homecomings officials announced the election of Austin Castleberry and Tyler Lowing as the 2011 Homecoming King and Queen.

“I’m pretty excited,” Castleberry said. “I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out. It was really cool to see everyone come out and support.”

Students voted for Homecoming royalty from Oct. 4-6.

“It’s exciting,” Lowing said. I feel like a lot of people came out and supported us. It was good.”

Homecoming week began Oct. 3 with the pep rally, tailgate party and car bash, and ended Saturday night with the Golf Cart Parade and Chili Cook-Off.

“Homecoming went amazing and all the events had a great turn out,” Co-homecoming chairwoman Melina Reyes said. “The support and help from the volunteers and staff was amazing and is what really helped the events go so smoothly.”

Reyes said she was pleased with the way Monday’s opening events set the tone for the week.

“My favorite event would have to have been Monday’s pep rally/tailgate,” Reyes said. “Putting the two together this year really made a difference in the turn out and it looked like everyone had a lot of fun.”


Deja Rollins walked away with a $1,000 grand prize after being named the 2011 Patriot Idol at the finale Friday night at the University Center Theater.

Christie Wallace and Cassidy Younghans, who finished in second and third place respectively, also received cash prizes.
Patriot Idol, a singing contest based-off of the TV hit American Idol, started the preliminary competition Oct. 4th in the Sports Café.

The contest was open to any student willing to share their vocal talents onstage.


A crowd of more than 200 students attended the Student Government Association’s annual Midnight Breakfast in the MET on Friday night.

“The midnight breakfast went really well,” SGA president Tiffany Allison said. “We had over 250 students show up.”

Organizers served typical breakfast dishes, such as pancakes, biscuits and gravy, eggs, hash browns and cereal, which were offered free to any student with a valid ID.

“We did it a little differently this year by starting it at 11:30 and having it last one hour,” Allison said. “Overall, I think it was a success.”


After furiously maneuvering their canoe across Harvey Lake in a series of competitive races, members of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity took home the title of Patriot Paddle champions.

The fraternity finished 51 seconds faster than the second place team, Kappa Kappa Psi.

The event began with a chant from each competing organization.

Residents of University Pines Apartment were awarded the title of best chant after performing a tribal anthem complete with interpretive dance.


Alpha Chi Omega won first place in the Alumni Associations Chili Cook-Off on Saturday.