Homecoming returns to engage campus community

By Evelyn Garcia

Cal Poly Pomona will host its annual Homecoming event Saturday. Festivities will begin at noon with food, games, rides, fireworks and more.

Homecoming is intended to encourage student engagement and to ignite school spirit within the campus community.

“It’s overall just getting that school spirit and that liveliness that most people don’t expect when they hear that we’re a commuter campus,” said Justine Budisantoso, assistant coordinator of clubs and organizations.

Budisantoso, who is also part of the Homecoming committee and an alumna herself, emphasized the historical significance this event has as well.

Homecoming will feature campus tours, which provide attendees with information and facts about the university they otherwise may never know.

The clubs and organizations attending also give a diverse view of what the campus has to offer aside from academics.

“It’s a time to show our campus off, so that’s a part of the reason why our clubs and organizations are coming in and showing off the really cool things that they’re doing,” said Sharon Rocacorba, Associated Students, Inc. associate director of programs and co-chair of Homecoming programs.

Some of the clubs and organizations attending include the martial arts club, Music Uniting Student Entertainers, Geology Club and Association of Student Event Planners.

The food vendor list includes The Habit, Belly Bombz and Street Kitchen among others. CPP’s newly renovated Poly Trolley will be serving at the event as well.

As far as entertainment, there will be a Ferris wheel, carnival games, a giant slide and swings, as well as a petting zoo.

According to Rocacorba, this year the games will be professionally run carnival games as opposed to student hosted games as in previous years.

Annie Chen, a fourth-year apparel merchandising and management student, explained the department will be hosting its own pop-up shop at Homecoming offering CPP clothing made by students.

Chen stated she is looking forward to the food vendors and fireworks at Homecoming, as well as seeing all the alumni and the vendors.

“I didn’t know there was going to be a petting zoo, but I’m definitely looking forward to seeing some of the animals,” said Chen.

CPP’s baseball team will be the first athletic team to play, with a double-header game against Cal State Dominguez Hills at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

The Habit food truck will only be running during the baseball games, so early arrival is necessary for attendees wanting a burger from the California grill.

At 5:30 p.m. the women’s basketball team will play Sonoma State in the Kellogg Gym, followed by the men’s basketball team at 7:30 p.m. All students are encouraged to attend and cheer on their teams.

Later in the afternoon, students, faculty and friends can enjoy a concert and a fireworks show to close out the night. The concert performer has yet to be announced.

“Of course the big part of it that’s different this year is all of the stuff leading up to Homecoming,” said Rocacorba.

ASI BEAT will host Bronco Spirit Week with a jam-packed week of events, giveaways and booths. Some of the events include a tater tot bar, face painting, a club fair, Bronco tailgate and the Homecoming dance on Friday evening.

Students are encouraged to wear CPP gear all week to qualify for special giveaways as well.

Registering prior to the event is key in order to receive a wristband to partake in these events. However, there will be registration the day of the event for last-minute attendees.

Homecoming admission is free for all CPP students, faculty and staff. Alumni, family and friends can purchase admission wristbands for $12. Parking permits will also be required.

One of the attractions from CPP

Zoran Liu-Moy / The Poly Post

One of the attractions from CPP’s Homecoming 2016

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