By APRIL REYNOLDS
Last Sunday’s Kick-off Party, sponsored by the Student
Government Association, launched this year’s Homecoming festivities.
The Kick-off Party, which began at 3 p.m. in Centennial
Plaza, featured free food and entertainment. The varsity co-ed cheerleading
squad was there to cheer during the event, and this year’s Homecoming Court was
Emery Camp, a sophomore biology
major, said she enjoyed the Kick-off party.
“It was fun, and everybody’s really spirited,” Camp said.
“It’s getting me excited about the Homecoming events that are coming up.”
The Kick-off Party commenced a week’s worth of Homecoming
Camp said she looks forward to Homecoming every year and
plans on attending all of this year’s events.
Rachel Stowell, a sophomore
math and statistics major, said she also anticipates Homecoming activities
“[The Unity Step Show] is my favorite Homecoming event,” Stowell said. “If I’m going to do anything in the year,
it’s the step show.”
Stowell also said she looks
forward to the game.
She said she hopes Tech students and fans get into
Homecoming to boost the Bulldogs’ morale for the game.
“This is supposed to be the best game of the season,” Stowell said. “It’s a good way to get some spirit back.”
Camp and Stowell, both members
of Kappa Delta Sorority, said they also attended the Kick-off Party, in support
of KD president Jeanna Thibodeaux, a member of
Homecoming court and a senior marketing major.
Like Stowell and Camp, many
other students attended the Kick-off Party in support of a member of their
sorority, fraternity or campus organization.
Tashaunda Dixon, director of
student affairs and junior accounting major, said she hoped for a big turnout
from all students, not just members of fraternities or sororities.
“I wish more non-Greeks were here,” Dixon said.
She said she tried to incorporate new activities to
attract a more diverse turnout, though her plans were not as successful as she
“I tried to implement a sidewalk show, but we didn’t have
enough involvement,” Dixon said.
Even though turnout by Greek students was large in
comparison to non-Greeks, Dixon said she was still pleased with the size of the
crowd overall and believes this year’s Homecoming will be a success.
Stowell said she is excited
about the week’s events and believes that with a good mentality, anyone is sure
to have a great time.
She said, “[Homecoming] is as fun as you make it.”