By Izbel Torres
On Saturday, Cal Poly Pomona held its annual Homecoming, a fun-filled event aimed to attract current students, alumni, and their families to campus for some Bronco spirit and festivities.
The day began with a morning baseball game against Cal State San Bernardino, a game the Broncos won. They also won a second game in the afternoon.
In the afternoon, alumni and students sporting green hair and Bronco spirit gear lined up for a ride on the Ferris wheel or to race down the giant slide.
Attendees enjoyed delicious cuisine from food trucks selling Greek food, Filipino food, pupusas and coffee. The Poly Trolley was also among the vendors, serving house favorites. Campus organizations also sold food to raise money to support their associations.
Campus organizations also set up booths at the Bronco Commons near Kellogg Gym, offering all sorts of activities and freebies. The Alumni Association gave away free green-and-gold sunglasses and set up a free photo booth.
Shatha Altawarah, a first-year civil engineering student, attended the event to enjoy a day away from school obligations.
“It’s a very good stress reliever from all the exams and projects,” said Altawarah. “It’s just a good opportunity to hang out with our friends before we start getting to work. I think it’s a really nice event that unites the community and campus as a whole. I see a lot of families and alumni that came here just for the Bronco spirit and came to connect with their past.”
The main attraction was the Los Angeles-based band Best Coast, who performed to an eager crowd. The duo performed fan favorite songs like “Our Deal” and “Boyfriend,” and previewed new songs from their upcoming album, “California Nights.”
Some alumni attended the Homecoming festival specifically to watch Best Coast perform.
“They’re the main thing that brought us back to Cal Poly,” said CPP history alumna Raquel Robles. “They just have really good music. They’re fun to listen to. Great California sound. It was really cool that [the Bronco Events & Activities Team] was able to get them.”
Current students also enjoyed the performance.
“I came to see that band, just for that one song ‘Boyfriend,'” said Jonathan Mayorga, a first-year apparel merchandising and management student. “It was amazing.”
This year, students helped choose the headliner. BEAT, which is part of Associated Students, Inc., polled students about their favorite musical acts. The poll included Best Coast and Chance the Rapper, as well as other artists. This poll helped choose the headliners for both BroncoFusion and Homecoming.
“During first years’ orientation we had a poll,” said ASI BEAT Chair Sydney Martinez. “Their poll results showed [freshmen] wanted Chance the Rapper more than returning students, and that’s why Best Coast didn’t go through.”
Homecoming activities also included a petting zoo, carnival rides, campus tours and more.
The night ended with a win for the men’s basketball team against Cal State Dominguez Hills, a hard-fought game for the women’s basketball game, a celebratory fireworks extravaganza and a Homecoming dance.
Whether they came to see Best Coast, to survey CPP’s newest additions or to cheer their home team to victory, attendees were able to express their Bronco pride and enjoy a day of festivities.
Zoran Liu-Moy / The Poly Post
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