NSU’s Homecoming Week will begin on Nov. 4 and end Nov. 10. Homecoming Week is designed to recognize alumni and build school spirit. As such, it will be full of different activities and events each day, all focused on student involvement. This year’s theme is“Nothin’ but the 90s.”
Kristin Bingham, the vice president of traditional events for SEAboard, explained, “the reason we had chosen the theme ‘Nothin’ but the 90s’ is because this last freshman class is the last set of incoming students that would have been born in the 90s. Next year’s class would be born in the 2000s.”
“In order to stick with the theme this year, we have incorporated 90s pop culture in events such as the Kick-Off, Shark Trivia: 90s edition and the UGC Knockout. Students will be reminiscing the good ‘ole days throughout the week,” said Bingham.
Homecoming Week begins with the Sallarulos’s Race for Champions: Special Olympics. The event starts at 8 a.m. in front of the Alvin Sherman Library Quad.
On Nov. 5, students are invited to attend the Fins Football home game where the Miami Dolphins will be playing against the Oakland Raiders at 8:30 p.m. at the Hardrock Stadium.
Nov. 6 is the Homecoming Kick-Off. The event will take place in the Shark Circle from 8 to 10 p.m. and aims to get all students excited and ready for the week ahead of them.
“Other than the Homecoming Bash, the Homecoming Kick-Off may be the most popular event,” said Bingham.“This is where most students get their homecoming shirts. A stamp, a ring novelty, food trucks, giveaways, a mobile gaming truck, as well as performances will be there. You don’t want to miss it.”
The 26th Annual “Anything That Floats” Raft Race will start at 4 p.m. on Nov. 7 at the Gold Circle Lake. Traditionally, the event was only open for Razor’s Edge Leadership students to participate, however this year the staff of the Office of Campus Life and Student Engagement and Recreation and Wellness have made the raft race open to student clubs and organizations as well. Participating clubs, organizations and Razor’s Edge students will be racing their raft across the lake in hopes of winning a grand prize of $2,000.
After the raft race is complete, students can attend a 90s-themed Shark Trivia night. The event will take place from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Performing and Visual Arts Theater. Organizations will compete with each other in a game show, testing their 90s trivia knowledge.
On Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Rick Case Arena, the NSU Athletics Hall of Fame Induction will take place. NSU students can pay a ticket price of $40 to attend the dinner and ceremony, and watch their fellow Sharks get inducted into the NSU Hall of Fame.
Later that evening at 8 p.m., students can attend Greek Knock-Out hosted by the Unified Greek Council (UGC) in the Flight Deck backyard. The UGC organizations will stroll in the third annual Homecoming Yard Show.
Perhaps the biggest event during homecoming week, Homecoming Bash, will take place on Nov. 9 at The Venue in Fort Lauderdale. The event will last from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. where students can dance and have fun with their friends. Tickets will be sold starting on Nov. 1 at 9 a.m. The tickets are $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the event. Tickets will not be sold at the door of The Venue.
On the final day of Homecoming Week on Nov. 10, students will be invited to attend the Homecoming Basketball Game and the Royalty Reveal. The men’s basketball team will be playing against Florida National University at 7:30 p.m. in the Rick Case Arena. There will be giveaways during the game, and at halftime, the Homecoming Court winners will be revealed.
Bingham explained Homecoming winners will be chosen differently this year.
“We are starting to move away from popularity and more towards substance. Homecoming King and Queen are to be representatives of the student body and also are to embody what it means to have shark pride,” said Bingham. “The introduction of interviews and a point system based for a more accurate evaluation will be used. They will also have responsibilities after Homecoming season.”
For more information about Homecoming Week events, visit http://www.nova.edu/campuslife/homecoming/index.html.