SLU Homecoming, held in late October, offered a wide variety of events to choose including a campus-wide block party, three home athletic events, Phantom in the Park, and Shawna’s Walk for Wishes. My homecoming weekend began in Canton's village square volunteering at the Halloween-themed Phantom in the Park event. Kappa Kappa Gamma, in addition to the other sororities and fraternities on campus, gave back to the Canton community and host a wide variety of Halloween games and activities for children and their parents to participate in. Each year, we bake a large amount of sugar cookies and provide tubs of different colored icing for the kids to decorate Halloween cookies. Saturday started as a sunny morning with a great turnout at the event and a wide variety of entertaining and creative Halloween costumes. There was lots of activity at each of the tables
After the Phantom in the Park event, I made my way over to the Homecoming football game tailgate with my roommates. It happened to be my first time experiencing SLU Homecoming, and I was excited to see all of the activity and support at the game. The last homecoming event I attended was my senior high school homecoming, which made me realize that the next time I would be attending a SLU homecoming game would be as an alumna. It was another one of those moments where I realize that graduation isn’t far off, and I want to savor every experience I have.
As I walked through campus to get to the game, I could already hear the noise from the crowd when I was walking across the quad. There wasn’t the usual amount of students roaming around campus, and I knew that the game would have a good turnout. When I finally got there, it was more than a good turnout: the stands were a sea of scarlet and brown with people packed together in each section! There were people filling the parking lot and lining the fence around the football field.
I made my way to the tailgate behind the Brewer Bookstore that was filled with alumni and SLU students. I made it just in time to watch the end of the second quarter and catch the impressive half time performance given by the SLU Dance Team. I spent a lot of time catching up with many familiar faces that I hadn’t seen since last year. Coming from the South (Louisiana to be exact!), I know a good tailgate, and this was one where I found myself proud to be a part of it.