By Angela Alfano
Fallen leaves, hooded sweatshirts, and pumpkin spice lattes can only mean one thing: homecoming season! Homecoming will be held on Saturday, Oct. 10, hosted by Campus Life, Alumni Relations, and the Student Activities Board. The football team will be going head to head with Merrimack College at the Bethpage Federal Stadium at 12 p.m.
“I’m looking forward to some of my old friends who are now alumni, like Patrick Bell, to come back and enjoy homecoming weekend and all its events along with SDA (Student Dance Association) performing and everyone just coming together and enjoying themselves while repping LIU Post!” said Kevin Jordan Guardia, a senior Health Science major.
All who attend can expect carnival festivities, food trucks, tailgating and, of course, the anticipated football game. The “family friendly event,” as described by LIU Post’s website, commences at 11 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m.
Similarly to years past, homecoming is the same weekend as alumni, parent, and family weekend. However, this year’s homecoming will be different because the 60th anniversary of LIU’s Post campus will be celebrated. This weekend is also the 25th reunion of C.W. Post’s class of 1990.
The homecoming celebration begins with Spirit Week, which started on Sunday, Oct. 4, with the Entourage showings in the Gold Coast Cinema. Wednesday, Oct. 7, events consist of the Jurassic World showing at 9 p.m. in the cinema and Black Light Night at 9 p.m. in Riggs Park.
Thursday, Oct. 8, is free T-shirt day, when students can pick up their “Bleed Green & Gold” shirts at the new Pioneer Nation store in Hillwood Commons. Additionally, at 9 p.m. is a Dave and Busters trip with transportation, open to all students.
Friday, Oct. 9, is the Great Lawn BBQ at 1 p.m. The fall pep rally begins at 7 p.m. at BPFCU Stadium. Two hours later, Seth Meyers LIVE will be at the Tilles Concert Hall. Tickets for Seth Meyers are $15 each.
Saturday, Oct. 10, is the carnival with large rides and tailgate, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Pratt Recreation Center. The football game begins at noon at the BPFCU Stadium.
“I look forward to homecoming because it’s a lighthearted way of officially kicking off the new semester,” said junior Criminal Justice major, Leah Fischman. “It brings everyone together, and gives the students something to look forward to amidst all our assignments.”
“I am certain that students are going to love Homecoming and Spirit Week this year.” Campus Life, Alumni Relations, and the Student Activities Board, who organized homecoming, are expecting thousands of visitors on campus throughout the week.” Michael Berthel, Director of Campus Life, said. “Homecoming is the largest event of the year and this year will certainly not disappoint,” Berthel added.