Homecoming 2015

11953298_10152918380441330_533209100083436720_oAs we celebrated Homecoming at LSU, the Homecoming Committee hosted a week worth of festivities for the LSU community to revel in their purple and gold pride. This year’s theme was “Let the Good Times Roar,” which LSU did from the start of the week through the Tigers win in Death Valley. To start the week off, the student union was decorated with banners created by various student organization that were entered in a banner competition. Purple and gold adorned each one, along with references to Mike the Tiger, Tiger Stadium, and even specific players. The residential communities on campus also joined in on the fun by decorating their lobbies to create a more prideful space for their residents. They were not the only ones decorating, however, departments across campus were welcome to participate in a door decorating competition, which allowed for the faculty and staff to also show their love for LSU. Having the LSU community – students, staff, and faculty – involved from the start of the week creating an atmosphere that boosted the Homecoming tradition really set the tone for all of the Homecoming festivities. On Monday of Homecoming week, the Residential Hall Association hosted an event entitled “SplatterBeat” in the Parade Ground, creating a very fun and colorful experience for those students who attended. On Tuesday, CANapalooza began its blitz build, where students could volunteer to recreate Tiger Stadium utilizing canned food items that had been donated from the LSU community, which were then donated to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and the LSU Food Pantry. By the end of the week, 13,837 pounds of canned items to the Food Bank and 1,079 pounds of canned items to the LSU Food Pantry. The completed Tiger Stadium was showcased on the Parade Ground for all to admire on game day. On Wednesday, the Homecoming Committee hosted its 2nd Annual Field Day on the Parade Ground, which featured a student DJ, free treats for students, and interactive games including corn hole, ladder ball, an inflatable obstacle course, and many more. On Thursday, the Parade Ground was lively once again in support of the Homecoming Pep Rally and Block Party. The Pep Rally featured a welcoming from President F. King Alexander, the LSU Tiger Band, the LSU Golden Girls, the LSU Tiger Girls, and the Cheerleaders. Several athletic groups stopped by to join in on the fun and wish LSU a happy Homecoming. Also, the official 2015 Homecoming Court was announced and introduced to the LSU community. The night ended with a Block Party in the Parade Ground, allowing students to dance the night away. On Friday, the Student Activities Board hosted the Homecoming Concert featuring three student artists and the headliner, Tinashe. Saturday morning kicked off bright and early with the Homecoming Parade, where the Homecoming Court, student groups, and community members gathered and celebrated the Homecoming week with all of those who attended. This year’s Grand Marshall was Chuck Winstead, the 2015 National Champion Men’s Golf Coach. Following the Parade, a Tailgate and Battle of Bands were hosted in the Parade Ground to incite excitement before the game. During the game Bianca Webb and Michael Panther Mayen were crowned our 2015 Homecoming Queen and King! The week was concluded with a win against Western Kentucky with a final score of 20-48. Homecoming 2015 was a successful week for all students and alumni. We are already looking forward to Homecoming 2016!12052437_10152989218681330_5101923262147942200_o

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