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School spirit high during Homecoming weekend

School spirit high during Homecoming weekend

School spirit high during Homecoming weekend
November 11
17:00 2013

Joshua Knopp / Senior Staff Writer 

The cart leading UNT’s annual spirit march departed from Fraternity Row amid a cheering crowd of flag-waving students. The students stampeded down Maple Street trying to keep up. This was the scene Friday night as Homecoming weekend got underway.

The march led to the Homecoming bonfire and the Yell Like Hell finals. The next day, students attended the parade in the morning, followed by four hours of tailgating with alumni and a 41-7 dismantling of the University of Texas-El Paso football team.

The Homecoming crew put on various events the week before, such as a comedy show and a mid-day picnic.

Student services coordinator Mara Washington coordinated campus-wide events and traditions this year. She said the inclement weather made things difficult, but she was happy with this year’s events.

“The rain was a little challenge because a lot of our events are outside,” she said. “You could always make the events bigger and better next year, but I think it went well. Everybody’s Mean Green spirit was great, and I look forward to next year.”

Student activities director Christa Coffey said that student activities Homecoming events were on budget and well attended. Coffey estimated expenditures at $36,500, which includes the bonfire, the parade, Yell Like Hell and the Homecoming picnic. Coffey said they wouldn’t have exact figures for a few months because inter-departmental services don’t show up until later.

Coffey said besides the picnic, which only pulled in 1,800 students, she was satisfied with attendance.

“Unfortunately, the picnic, which normally brings in about 4,000 to 5,000 people, brought in much fewer this year,” she said. “We were kind of cursed by the rain. Otherwise, they’re all like last year, maybe a little bit higher than last year.”

Student Activities’ most attended event was the bonfire, which drew in an estimated 3,500 students. Coffey said she estimates $11,000 went into the event, but bonfire committee head Jerri Elliot noted that the bonfire itself was free.

“Athletics ended up donating a bunch of palettes, and we also got palettes donated from places in Denton,” she said.

Homecoming brought back many alumni including Mean Green Hall of Famers and former NFL players Chuck Beatty and Burkley Harkless. Beatty served on UNT’s Board of Regents from 2002-06. Before the game Saturday, both said that whatever UNT was paying, having a welcome time to come back was worth it to them.

“It’s always great coming back and seeing all the new buildings,” Beatty said. “I look forward to it, seeing some of the old faces.”

Harkless said he strongly agreed.

“You can’t put a price on relationships,” he said.

Photo: The firework show at the Homecoming bonfire Friday night. Photo by Aidan Barrett/Senior Staff Photographer. 

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