By Kahleel Bragg
LIU Post’s Association for Campus Programming (ACP) had students hyped and anxious for Saturday’s homecoming with a week full of exciting events. Homecoming is a week dedicated to welcoming back alumni and also a time for current students to have fun, socialize, and partake in school pride. The week is very important to Post students for many reasons, and this year’s homecoming proved to be a success.
Jeremiah Aviles, sophomore Childhood Education major, said, “Homecoming is the core of LIU Post because it’s the anticipation of a crazy weekend.”
Some of the main events were the pep rally, the homecoming carnival, the homecoming party, and the biggest event of the week was the homecoming football game.
The pep rally was held in the Pratt Center on Friday, Oct. 18. It was an enjoyable time for students to demonstrate Post pride and kick off the weekend. The pep rally consisted of performances by the Post dance team, cheerleaders, residence halls, and DJ S. Whit. The rally was also used to introduce LIU’s soccer, volleyball, swim, and football teams.
There was free food and Post giveaways for all guests. The Pratt was packed and the atmosphere was electric.
Alfred Cabera, sophomore Business Management major, believes that homecoming is the most popular school event throughout the year. “It’s the biggest social event of the year. Everyone participates in homecoming, even people from other schools,” said Cabera. “It’s a chance to meet your peers in a different environment.”
The Homecoming Carnival was a magnificent experience for students, families, and guests. The carnival was held in the Pratt and at Hickox Field at noon on Saturday and continued until 4 p.m.
Admission for the carnival was $15 and included a ticket to the football game and a barbeque lunch. There were rides, games, and club tables with promotions and activities.
Jesus Cardenas, senior Business and Film major, has always been excited and anxious for homecoming. “Homecoming has always been a time to take a step back from work and have fun with new and old friends,” he said.
“I’m excited about this year because Post is in a remodeling stage and we can make this the biggest homecoming and start new traditions with a new name,” he added.
The Homecoming Party is an annual celebration held on Saturday night for all LIU Post students and their guests to enjoy. The party has usually been held in the basement of Winnick, but this year it was moved to the Pratt Recreation Center to allow room for a greater audience.
Admission to the party was $5 for students and $10 for guests. Student Life, ACP, and a combination of student clubs and organizations hosted the party. The festivities were well attended and the venue was decorated with LIU Post colors and flashing lights.
Teresa Lisbet Ndong, sophomore International Business major, believes that this year’s homecoming was better than last year’s. “There were more fun activities this year, people seem friendlier, and everyone was having a great time together.”
The most important event of all is the homecoming football game. It’s the most anticipated event of the week, and the most popular. The LIU Post football team the Pioneers brought their “A-game” with them as they shutout Pace University in a 58-0 victory.
“I knew we were going to win, we were focused and ready to demolish Pace,” said Matthew Ferere, a sophomore defensive back for the Pioneers.
Homecoming 2013 was a great weekend for Post students to relax, have fun, and take a break from schoolwork just for a little bit. Most students enjoyed themselves and the Pioneer’s victory helped boost everybody’s energy.