By Margaret Pepe
Homecoming is a college tradition older than sliced bread. Literally. The tradition began in 1891, in Kansas City, Missouri, and has continued for 124 years. The tradition behind homecoming is to welcome back the school’s alumni, and celebrate your school together.
Post, founded in 1954, is continuing the tradition by hosting its annual homecoming celebration Oct. 9 – Oct. 11. While Post strives to enhance their pep rally, they maintain the tradition of showcasing their fall teams and Post Pride.
Campus Life plans all homecoming events at LIU; roughly 750 to 1,000 students and community members take part in the homecoming festivities. One of the biggest homecoming attractions is the pep rally, happening on Friday, Oct. 9. This year, students and faculty attending the pep rally can expect to see performances by LIU’s cheerleaders, the Student Dance Association, and the dance team.
“We’re both really excited as part of the dance and cheer team to get to perform together for our first pep rally as freshman,” said freshmen Shannon Rocks, a Business Administration major, and Miranda Alldaffer, a Biomedicine major.
“It’s great seeing the student-athletes enjoy the pep rally as I did when I was a student-athlete here at Post,” said Raenee Savin, Coach of LIU’s field hockey team. “It’s always nice when we can all be together showing our Post Pride and supporting one another.”
“I’m super excited,” said Abigail Sawyer, a junior Psychology major, and member of the field hockey team. “I think it’s a great way to bring together both commuters and residents for a fun event with loads of activities. I hope to see a good turn out and have a fun night with my team and friends.”
According to Michael Berthel, director of Campus Life, this year’s pep rally will end in a surprise grand finale that is sure to impress students.
Following the pep rally, on Saturday will be the annual football game, this year against Merrimack College. Before, and continuing through the football game, the excitement will continue with a tailgate in the Pratt parking lot.
“I think it will hold a lot of opportunities to find out about the fraternities/sororities and organizations on campus to get involved with,” Sawyer said.
Homecoming is not just for current students and faculty but also for alumni to enjoy. Many alumni return to campus for the football game and to reminisce of the “good ol’ days.”
This year’s homecoming will also feature Post alumnus, and television personality, Joseph Gatto, star of “Impractical Jokers,” on TruTV, who is set to receive the Alumni Award.