Lindenwood University celebrates its Homecoming week from Oct. 10-15. According to the Lindenwood website, the 2017 Homecoming theme was “Welcome to the Jungle,” and honors the classes of 1967, 1992, and 2007. The highlighted events of the week included the lip-sync competition, Homecoming parade, tailgate and Homecoming football game.
Lindenwood held its annual homecoming lip sync competition for student organizations on Thursday evening, Oct. 12, at the Hyland Arena on campus. Different student organizations including the Black Student Union, Greek Life, Veg Society and others participated in the event by preparing a dance with music, which they lip-synced with. Different awards were given out, like Most Creative Performance, which went to Delta Tau Delta and Phi Lambda Chi.
The main award for the large groups went to the women of Delta Zeta for the fourth year in a row.
Junior Delta Zeta member Chloe Kersten said, “It feels really awesome to win because it’s our fourth year in a row and we all tried really hard, and it was really cool.”
Along with awards presented, the event organizers added a few crowd-pleasers like a dance-off with Leo the Lion and different prizes given away to students in attendance.
HOMECOMING PARADE, SATURDAY OCT. 14
Video by Jack Lohkamp.
Lion Line and the Lionettes dancers march in the parade on Oct. 14 while shaking their pom poms after passing the J. Scheidegger Center. Photo by Lindsey Fiala
Leo the Lion shoots confetti at spectators during the 2017 homecoming parade. Leo was the grand marshal of this year's parade. Photo by Rolando Dupuy
President Michael Shonrock and his wife Karen Shonrock wave at spectators during the parade passing the Evans Commons parking lot. Photo by Rolando Dupuy
Members of Delta Tau Delta swing on their homecoming float during the parade. They wore animal masks and made animal noises as the parade passed spectators on Saturday, Oct. 14. Photo by Rolando Dupuy
Members of the co-ed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega dance on their float during the homecoming parade on Saturday Oct. 14. Photo by Rolando Dupuy
A Gender Sexualities Alliance member, dressed up in a dinosaur costume, ran excitedly in the homecoming parade close to the J. Scheidegger Center. Photo by Lindsey Fiala
Professor Heather Brown-Hudson strikes a pose during the homecoming parade. She is walking with the members of the Gender Sexualities Alliance. Photo by Rolando Dupuy
The Tri-County Search and Rescue Group members walk in the parade with their dogs next to the J. Scheidegger Center. Photo by Lindsey Fiala
Members of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority walk in the homecoming parade behind their float. They are accompanied by two dogs wearing lion tutus around their necks. Photo by Lindsey Fiala
Members of the International Student Fellowship march in the homecoming parade while holding signs showing different wild animals, which goes with the homecoming 2017 theme, "Welcome to the Jungle". Photo by Lindsey Fiala
The Lindenwood marching band plays the song "HandClap" by Fitz and the Tantrums while marching in the parade next to the Evans Commons parking lot. Photo by Rolando Dupuy
Lindenwood's Nerf Alliance walk in the parade with their Nerf guns. The mouth of the reptile head on their float was opening and closing as they passed crowds watching the parade. Photo by Lindsey Fiala
LINDSEY FIALA | Online Editor
Lindenwood’s Homecoming parade took place from 10:30-11.30 a.m. Saturday Oct. 14. Many student groups and organizations created floats to be showcased in the parade. President Michael Shonrock and his wife Karen Shonrock participated in the parade as well. Students, parents and community members gathered to watch the parade.
LINDENWOOD HOMECOMING TAILGATE, SATURDAY, OCT. 14
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J.T. BUCHHEIT | Chief Copy Editor
Students and their family members enjoyed a day out by watching football and eating pizza, nachos and sandwiches at Lindenwood’s Homecoming tailgate from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14.
There were many activities people partook in, such as throwing beanbags and playing ladder golf. Dogs were also welcome, and some people brought their furry friends along with them. There was also a face-painting booth where people could get Lions logos.
Some parents came from faraway locations to be with their children. Darlene Sellers arrived from Frisco, Texas, to see her son Caleb play, while Melinda Gurnea traveled down from New Lenox, Illinois, to see her son Derek.
“We’re supporting the football team for a ‘W’ today,” Darlene said.
LINDENWOOD HOMECOMING FOOTBALL GAME 2017
Video by Matt Hamoton.
MATT HAMPTON | Reporter
With Harlen C. Hunter Stadium filled with cheering fans, the Lindenwood football team lost its Homecoming game to the Emporia State Hornets 41-30 on Saturday. The Lions’ next home game will be against University of Nebraska at Kearney on Oct. 28. To read more about the game in our game recap, click here.