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There’s No Place Like Homecoming

It’s that time of year again.

Monday marks the beginning of Belmont’s annual homecoming festivities, a week devoted to “Bruin Pride” and school spirit.

Student Government Association has been working hard to create a week filled with activities that showcase both school spirit and student service.

The week will kick off with the reveal of the homecoming court. The court will be announced via a banner that will hang in the Beaman Student Life Center.

“There wont be a big kick off this year,” said Amy Coles, director of student activities. “But we wanted to showcase the court in a big way, and make it a bigger deal.”

The banner will hang in the Beaman lobby through the week.

The third annual Battle of the Bruins, put on by the Student Activities Committee, will take place on Tuesday night. The Battle of the Bruins is a talent competition, designed to highlight the musical and humorous talents of Belmont’s athletes.

On Thursday will be the second annual Canstruction, an event where student organizations build teams and use canned food to create a themed structure. The food is then donated to local food shelves.

That night, there will be a men’s basketball game against Murray State. SGA has requested that everyone wear red, to show their school spirit.

The game will be nationally televised on ESPNU, and the first 1000 students in the arena get free pizza and a “Believe in Belmont” t-shirt. The giveaway begins at 7 p.m. and the game tips off an hour later.

“There is a high intense focus on this game; we want it to be really big,” said Coles.

The Polar Bear 5K will take place at 6 a.m. Friday, followed by a pep rally later in the afternoon and the annual “Car Smash,” where a car is painted with the other teams colors, and then destroyed by the members of the athletic community.

“We are excited for homecoming this year, especially because it will be the first homecoming with our new dean, and were excited to show him our Bruin pride,” said Coles.

Dr. Jeffery Burgin, the new dean of students, will be given the first swing at the car during the Car Smash.

While there is a week full of activities, there will be one thing missing. Since Homecoming was originally scheduled to be the following week, there will be no women’s basketball game during the week. A scheduling conflict caused the dates to be moved.

However, the women will not be overlooked, Coles said. Cameron Newbauer, the women’s coach, will speak at the bonfire, and the team is involved in the Battle of the Bruins.

“We want to showcase all of our athletes and all of our students,” said Coles. “That’s what the week is really about.”

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