Events to be ‘out of this world’

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Carly Fristoe

Lindenlink.com | Staff Reporters
Oct. 18, 2016; 7 a.m.

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Nikki Cornwell and Hannah Saputo hang banners in the Evans Commons atrium, showcasing different homecoming events.
Photo by Carly Fristoe

Lindenwood University will celebrate the past, present and future of the institution this week with an “Out of This World” theme for homecoming.

Lindenwood students chose this theme over a list of several others, such as “Hunger Games,” “Masquerade” and “Welcome to the Jungle.” Students’ top votes were for the themes “A Galaxy Far, Far Away” and “To Infinity and Beyond,” so the homecoming committee incorporated both by creating the theme “Out of This World.”

Rachel Tolliver, coordinator of Student Involvement, said students are being given the freedom to do whatever “makes the themes cool.”

“We really don’t know quite yet what that’s going to look like; a lot of people so far have talked about aliens and space and things, but we’ve also heard of maybe some people using things like ‘Men in Black’ or ‘Space Jam’,” she said.

The theme will be incorporated into events, such as the banner competition in Spellmann Center, the lip-sync competition in Hyland Arena and the parade.

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Lip Sync

Lip-sync 2015 contest

Seven organizations will display their singing and dancing skills at this year’s lip-sync competition, one of the most popular events of homecoming.

This year the competition will happen at 7 p.m. Thursday in Hyland Arena. Preceding it will be a pep rally featuring fall sports teams and the Lindenwood marching band.

For the past few years, Delta Zeta sorority has won the competition, and sorority members said they are working hard for another repeat by practicing two hours a day Mondays through Fridays.

“We work hard together, but we have a lot of fun, and it’s a great way to get to know people,” said Anise Glenn, sophomore and Delta Zeta member. “This year we are using new hype songs to get the judges going, and using props.”

Jordan Fowler, lead choreographer of Delta Zeta, shared some details about the group’s routine.

“When you see us step out for lip-sync, you will definitely understand the theme,” she said. “Our music and our backdrop will also add to the effect because every song has something to do with the theme.”

The first-place prize is $425, but some groups said they look for something beyond the money.

Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority has competed in the competition ever since it has been active on campus.

“It is so much fun and something to bond over within our sorority,” said Rebecca Waller, senior and member of Sigma Sigma Sigma.

Waller said that doesn’t mean her group isn’t competitive.

“We started choreographing the second week of school and made the mix of songs over the summer,” Waller said. “This year expect to see a different side of Sigma in the dance.”

Students who are not performing are encouraged to come support and cheer on the organizations.

“I love everything about it,” sophomore Madeline Pullen said. “Everyone is on the same page and just into the moment. I love the excitement and energy.”

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Parade

2015 homecoming parade

This year’s homecoming parade will feature entries from 50 different groups, 21 of which are student organizations, according to Cornwell.

The parade will begin at St. Charles Presbyterian Church at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and will end at the J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts.

“It’s one of my favorite events of the year,” Cornwell said.

Cornwell said it is an opportunity to show to the St. Charles community as well as on campus the school spirit of Lindenwood University.

Lindenwood and St. Charles VIPs participate, local schools come out to show their support and the university’s band, dance and cheer teams show off their talents.

A wide variety of people and organizations donated cars to student organizations in order to be involved in the parade.

“It is a great opportunity to see the creativeness of the floats and to enjoy all the homecoming activities that are going to be available,” said Rachel Tolliver, coordinator of Student Involvement.

Student organizations can win points by participating in the parade, and the winning floats earn money prizes toward their Tier Funds.

First place will receive $425, second place will receive $275 and third place will receive $175, according to Cornwell.

Tolliver said it is also a great chance to get student organizations involved into the community as well the community involved with Lindenwood Lions.

“It is going to be fun for both adults and children,” she said.

Contributions were made to this article by Savanah Kaatman, Hannah Saputo and Cristina Silva