Your Guide To Homecoming 2014

Homecoming isn’t just a dance for high schoolers! While this was news to me (I’m a freshman), I was relieved to find out that Homecoming is a week full of fun activities (without an awkward dance at the end).  

The 2014 theme is “Honor the purpose, carry the pride.” Fun fact: This is the first time Homecoming will be held in September since 1973.

Here’s a list of what to do and where to go if you want to participate in the Homecoming festivities.

Monday

What: East Halls Celebration 

Where: Johnston Commons Courtyard in East Halls

When: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

Why should you go? The carnival-inspired celebration serves as the official kick-off to Homecoming. It allows older students to return to their roots while letting freshmen get acquainted with the Penn State community.

Tuesday

What: Past To Present

Where: The HUB

When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Why should you go? If you aren’t caught up on your Penn State history, this is your chance. There is food, celebrations, and a Penn State museum where you can learn all about our school’s rich history.

What else: For The Glory Talent Show

Where: Eisenhower Auditorium

When: 7 p.m.

Why should you go? Organizations will be preforming skits, dances, speeches, and musical acts. The top three acts get to perform at THON!

Wednesday

What: Penn State Carnival

Where: Old Main Lawn

When: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Why should you go? The Penn State Carnival is one of the largest events that Homecoming puts on. There will be carnival games, inflatables, performances from different Penn State organizations, and a DJ. Carnival food will be provided free of charge. There will also be tours of the Old Main bell tower provided by the Lion Ambassadors.

Friday

What: Ice Cream Social

Where: Hintz Family Alumni Center

When: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Why should you go? There will be Creamery ice cream. That’s all you need to know.

What Else: Parade

Where: College Ave.

When: 6 p.m.

Why should you go? There will be cool floats to look at, and most of them will be throwing free candy and swag to spectators.

Saturday 

What: Homecoming football game against Northwestern

Where: Beaver Stadium

When: 12 p.m.

Why should you go? No explanation necessary!

There you go! Your all-encompassing guide to Homecoming 2014. No matter which events you choose to attend this week, honor the purpose and carry the pride wherever you go.

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