By Andrea Jimenez
What would a school be without a Homecoming?
To commemorate it’s 75th anniversary, Cal Poly Pomona will have a two-day Homecoming celebration on Feb. 7 from 5 p.m. to 10.p.m and all day Feb. 8. The Bronco Student Center and Bronco Commons will become the stages for the themed Fire and Ice Celebration.
This marks the second year CPP has brought back the Homecoming, but with this year’s extravagant celebrations it looks to also be what will establish the Homecoming once again as a part of CPP tradition.
On Feb.7, activities will include a bonfire, pep rally, Through the Decades Fashion Show, student club food sales, Club Fair games, campus recreation sports, Movie Sing Along, photo booth and ice-skating.
Students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends are encouraged to attend the free event that will feature the unveiling of the renovated Kellogg Gymnasium lobby, food sales and a recreational sports competition.
“It’s going to be a really family focused weekend,” said Christine Hall, Associated Students, Inc. president.
Students can attend the event for free, but if they would like to participate in all the activities and bring family or friends they are encouraged to register online on the official CPP Homecoming website. Registration is currently open.
“We had a Homecoming years and years ago,” said Barnaby Peake, ASI director for programs and marketing. “The last one was in the 70’s. There’s real effort right now with ASI, but also the university and athletics. Everyone would like to see a Homecoming and see it reestablished for the university.”
Hall said that ASI felt there was a need for a university Homecoming.
“When we thought about [ASI’s] goals for the year we saw a lack in the school pride and we thought a Homecoming would rally students,” said Hall.
Bronco Athletics will be hosting a Hall of Fame Celebration in the Bronco Student Center, Ursa Major. After this event, individuals who attended will be invited to walk down to Kellogg Gym and participate in the unveiling of the renovated gym lobby.
There will also be a new Hall of Fame display. The unveiling of the plaques is scheduled for Friday evening Feb. 7.
“We’ll have new plaques and a new presentation which we are really excited about,” said Ivan Alber, athletics sports information director.
Alber and the Athletics department anticipate that the events will honor their department and the 75 anniversary.
“I have been fortunate enough to be a part of the committee,” said Alber. “Our entire department has been instrumental in trying to reconnect with the alumni and also to try and honor them again since it’s such a big year for the whole school.”
During the day on Saturday Feb. 8 there will be a carnival on campus from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. There will also be a family breakfast at Los Olivos.
“That’s going to be an opportunity for families to come and meet different people from the university,” said Hall.
Later in the afternoon attendees can show their support by going to the baseball game, which will commence at noon. The women’s basketball game will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the men’s basketball game will begin at 7:30 p.m.
During the pre-game and half-time there will be moments to honor the Hall of Famers.
“We are going to invite all the current Hall of Famers back to campus,” said Alber.
The Homecoming dance will begin right after the basketball game. There is still deliberation whether there will be a crowning for a Homecoming King and Queen and possible candidates.
“They started that tradition last year and I think there’s still talk about doing that,” said Peake.
Should a decision be made to have a Homecoming King and Queen, Peake mentioned based on last year’s candidates, senior athletes would be contenders.
“The heart of all of this is be proud of your school, be proud to be a Bronco,” said Peake. “It’s a time to have fun and wear the green and gold and get involved.”
For more information, visit the official website for CPP’s 2014 Homecoming at http://public.dsa.csupomona.edu/homecoming/.
Courtesy Cal Poly Pomona ASI
Homecoming aims to reestablish tradition
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