Homecoming Week began with a big crowd of Duhawks in the Rock Bowl for a pep rally on Monday, Sept. 28.
The festivities started with Dewey the Duhawk and students involved in Dance Marathon dancing to a pop medley in the middle of the field. The cheerleaders then performed a routine.
“What are the four dispositions? Who is the Dean of Students? Name all the residence halls. How much is a parking pass?” were among the trivia questions senior Kelsey Callahan and juniors Katie Swoboda, Rachel Mosher and Neil Bingham asked students in the audience. The band then accompanied the crowd in singing Loras’ fight song.
In the field were representatives from Loras’ fall sports so the audience could show their support. Among the sports represented were men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s volleyball and football.
The cheerleaders performed once more, and so did the band with their rendition of the fight song.
The end of the rally was a relay race between three teams, two of which were students, one was staff. The relay began with cup stacking, then balloon popping, an egg race and concluded with wrapping a member of the team in toilet paper.
“We put our whole hearts into it. We gave it our all,” said winner Carly Horsman.
“Winners win,” said fellow winning team member Brendan Doyle.
“I want to call into question their tactics,” said George St. John jokingly, as his team lost the race.
“I’m excited for Homecoming Week, it’s always fun,” said senior John Paul Sevcik, when asked about his thoughts on the rest of the week.
The events on Monday closed with a Gutter Sundae at the Loras Parkway from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Tuesday’s Fan Fest took place at 4:30 p.m. in the cafeteria due to the rain that loomed in the beginning of the day. Spirit items were handed out in the ACC to help cheer on the volleyball team. The game started at 7 p.m. The Wednesday fan fest was held at 4:30 p.m. at the Smyth Turnaround for the soccer team. The women’s soccer game was at 5, followed by the men’s at 7:30 p.m.
On Thursday Jim Wand, a hypnotist and Loras alumni, will be performing at St. Joseph’s Auditorium at 8 p.m.
Friday’s events kick off Homecoming weekend with a Dewey photobooth outside the cafeteria during lunchtime. Saturday is the day that all students, faculty and alumni have been waiting for with the 2015 Homecoming tailgates at 10:30 a.m., football vs Coe College at 1 p.m. and the Homecoming Rave from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Fieldhouse.