Homecoming used to mean two things: cheering in the freezing cold at the football game and sweating uncontrollably in the field house at the dance.
Unfortunately, with no proper facilities available this year, students don’t get the big dance they’re used to. The football team will still play Saturday though, and groups around campus have lined up a slew of events to keep the school spirit up, including both traditional and first-time festivities.
Friday: “Free Willy” showing, 9 p.m. in O’Shaughnessy Hall pool
In what must be one of the most unique events it has ever planned, STAR gives students the opportunity to watch a classic ’90s movie and wade in the water. On Friday at 9 p.m., the group is hosting a showing of “Free Willy” at the pool in O’Shaughnessy Hall.
That’s right; you can watch a movie about a killer whale while floating in the shallow end. And you thought having a cell phone go off in a theater was annoying.
The 1993 movie tells a tale about a boy who befriends an orca in a marina while doing community service and fights to protect it from its less-loving owners. All students are invited to this “swim-in” movie. Thankfully, inflatable pool toys will be provided.
Saturday: Taste of Saints, 11 a.m. in Lower Quad
Before the Saturday football game against Concordia-Moorhead, food stands, games and a beer garden will take over the Lower Quad, providing fun for all ages. The entire St. Thomas community and neighborhood is welcome to enjoy this annual festival.
Members from various clubs and organizations will be selling food and beverages, with proceeds going toward the groups’ activities. Other booths will offer activities such as face painting and inflatable castles for children to bounce in.
Taste of Saints, which started in the early ’90s, is sponsored by the Alumni Association and the Student Alumni Council. Last year, St. Thomas’ food service department catered the entire event for the first time. This year, the festivities will start around 11 a.m. and go until 1 p.m.
Saturday: Eric Hutchinson, 9:30 p.m. in OEC Auditorium
When STAR said that there wouldn’t be a big-size dance this homecoming, it tried to soften the blow by announcing two medium-size concerts—Michelle Branch and Eric Hutchinson.
Well, Branch came and went, and the only people still talking about it are two quirky seminarians. Hopefully Hutchinson can do a better job capturing students’ attention.
Thanks to a nod from celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, Hutchinson’s debut album “Sounds Like This” created a buzz in 2007. Since then, singles like “OK, It’s Alright with Me” and “Rock and Roll” have further showcased the singer-songwriter’s soulful music.
Hutchinson brings his performance to OEC auditorium Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Six hundred wristbands went on sale to undergraduates at the Box Office & Expeditions on Monday.
Grant Goerke can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org