Activities at Monday's Homecoming block party included line dancing.

Activities at Monday’s Homecoming block party included line dancing.

Campus comes alive with Homecoming activities

Lamar University’s Homecoming 2017 is in full swing with the week-long celebration continuing today with a Homecoming spirit booth on the Student Organization Annex Lawn at 11 a.m.

“We will be giving out more Homecoming swag,” Ce’nese Wooten, cardinal activities board student director, said.

Students attend the Homecoming block party, Oct 30, 2017.Brandon T. Jackson will perform a Homecoming comedy show in the Montagne Center at 7:30 p.m. This is a change from the originally scheduled Wild ‘n Out comedians, The Hudson Brothers. Jackson is best known for his role as Grover Underwood in the Percy Jackson series of movies.

Friday’s activities begin the run down to Saturday’s game and parade with The Cardinal Reunion BBQ at 3 p.m. at Cardinal Park.

“We want this to be like a family reunion for all of us,” Wooten said. “We are all Cards and we want to celebrate our Homecoming together.”

The Homecoming Pep Rally and Bonfire will be start at 6:30 p.m. on Spindletop Field opposite the Spindletop/Gladys City Boomtown Museum, followed by a Dance Marathon at 8:30 p.m., in the Sheila Umphrey Recreational Sports Center.

Saturday’s big day begins with The Spindletop Antique Car Show, 11a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Spindletop/Gladys City Boomtown Museum.

The Homecoming Parade begins on the Rec Center parking lot at 2 p.m., followed by the Lamar vs. Central Arkansas game at 6 p.m. at Provost Umphrey Stadium.

Homecoming events kicked off Monday with Beaumont Mayor Becky Ames and LU President Kenneth Evans announcing the royal court nominees on the Brook Shivers Dining Hall Lawn. The announcement was followed by the Homecoming block party.

“The block party was a huge success, over 500 people showed up,” Wooten said. “We had a jumpy thing and a mechanical bull. There was a lot of fun food like funnel cakes, cotton candy, popcorn and sno cones. Then D.J. Smooth moved everyone to the block party and had the crowd rocking and dancing on stage.”

Wooten said student organizations competed as a unit during the Escape Room event, Tuesday lunch time.

Wednesday saw a Cardinal Crafting event, where students made plush birds with bandanas, and a T-shirt swap. The excess T-shirts will be donated to Hurricane Harvey victims.

A Homecoming game show was held on the Brook Shivers Dining Hall Lawn where students could win cash prizes.

The day ended with NPHC Organizations participating in Hump Day celebrations

For more information visit lamar. edu/homecoming.

Story by Sierra Kondos, UP staff writer 

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