OPINION BY TOM SCEARCE
Yes, I said homecoming.
Now, I’m no fool. I’m a seasoned veteran of the “Oh, it’s homecoming?” jokes. I know it doesn’t have as high a level of excitement as the Drake Relays, but hear me out.
Homecoming is an old college tradition to welcome back the student body and get them excited for another great year. Drake University Homecoming has been a tradition bringing students together for more than 90 years.
Didn’t sell you? Well, then check out these five reasons to participate in Drake Homecoming 2015.
Magicians, Musicians and Acrobats: The week kicks off on Saturday with magician James David on Pomerantz Stage at 7 p.m. David will also be leading a service project on October 4 from 9 a.m. to noon. Head to Pomerantz to make cards for soldiers overseas. There will be snacks!
On October 7, Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team will be performing in the Performing Arts Hall at 7 p.m., as will pop-rock artist Matt Beilis on October 9.
Milkshakes: Sorry, I meant FREE milkshakes. Oh wait, I mean FREE milkshakes that come with FREE color-changing cups! Head to Pomerantz Stage on October 5 at 2 p.m. for “Monday Milkshakes.” Milkshakes will be available in three flavors: chocolate, vanilla and strawberry.
Carnival: What do the Brocal Chords, D+ Improv and Walking Tacos all have in common? All three will be present at the homecoming carnival, October 6 from 4-7 p.m.
Head to Helmick Commons and participate in one of the longest-running traditions of DU Homecoming. Games, food, inflatable obstacle courses, Fermata the Blue and caricatures are just some of the things to enjoy. Plus, there will be free coozies to decorate! In case of rain, these activities will take place in Parents Hall.
Nudity: Well, almost nudity. The Student Activities Board is collaborating with the Student Alumni Association to put on the annual Nearly Naked Mile during homecoming week. Know that you’ll being doing something good by stripping most of your clothes off at Helmick Commons at 5 p.m. on October 8. The clothes you strip will be donated to charity. SAA will be giving away free red, white and blue boxers that say “Drake” across the butt to the first 100 people who sign up. Another great way to show school spirit!
Cheer on Drake Athletics: Homecoming is a great way to show your love for your school’s athletics team, and you can do just that by coming to the football game on October 10 at 1 p.m. in the Drake Stadium. Dress up in your best red, white and blue attire and help show Valparaiso who they’re messing with.
Tailgate before the football game with free pizza and nachos at Drake Plaza. Tailgating starts at 11 a.m.
At the end of the day, there’s something for almost everyone to enjoy during homecoming. Come to all events, come to a few or come to none. It’s up to you. But people do spend months putting the week together, so it’s at least worth a try, right?
And hey, if this list didn’t sell you, here’s a sixth reason. After homecoming, there’s only 28 more weeks until Relays!