It’s Bruin Time: Homecoming Week 2015 kicks off

Students can gather together and celebrate school spirit during Homecoming Week, which starts Monday and runs through Saturday’s basketball games against Tennessee State University.

Student Government Association and Student Activity Programming Board have partnered to create numerous events for Homecoming Week, which is centered around the theme “#itsBruinstime.”

The Beaman Student Life Center kicked off the week by hanging residence hall banners in the lobby and hosting the announcement of homecoming court Monday afternoon.

Allie Senyard, Briana August, Lindsay Jones, Morgan Stone and Sarah Ellis are the nominees for Homecoming Queen, while Cam Bryant, Jonny Woo, Kyle Kilgore, Neil Butler and Zack Lord are the nominees for Homecoming King.

The annual “Canstruction” event will be held Tuesday from 1 to 4 p.m, where 10 student organizations will create structures using canned food items. The top three structures will receive prizes, and the cans will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank.

“It’s not going to be like ‘Oh, they’re donating cans!’ It’s going to be really fun,” said SGA chair of Campus Outreach Katie Wiesman. “The service portion of it is really amazing.”

Free 2015 homecoming T-shirts will be given away Wednesday prior to the women’s basketball game against Eastern Kentucky at 6 p.m. in the Curb Event Center.

On Thursday, SGA will give away a surprise gift during the bonfire, which begins at 5 p.m. in the gravel lot across from Dickens.

Friday’s highlights include the annual Polar Bear Run 5K at 6:30 a.m., chapel with William Paul Young, author of the New York Times bestseller “The Shack” at 10 a.m., and a homecoming concert featuring alumni and special guests in the Massey Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m.

Students and alumni can also participate in several events throughout the day on Saturday leading up to the basketball doubleheader.

The Bruin Walk begins Saturday at 11 a.m. and Tailgate at the Tower follows at 11:15 a.m.

The women’s and men’s basketball games against Tennessee State University begin at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. respectively in the Curb Event Center. The men’s game will be broadcasted on CBS Sports Network.

Homecoming king and queen will be crowned during halftime at the men’s game and the women’s game will feature a performance by Blessing Offor, a Belmont alumnus and past contestant on NBC’s “The Voice.”

Voting for homecoming court goes live Monday at 4 p.m. on BruinLink and ends Friday at 4 p.m.

Free tickets for the homecoming concert can be accessed here.

The full schedule of homecoming events can be found here.

This article was written by Jacqueline Skokna.

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