Lawn decorations during Homecoming week. Photo from 1965 edition of The Drift.
ELLIE ALLEN | STAFF REPORTER | firstname.lastname@example.org
Butler University’s 2018 Homecoming will take place Sept. 24 – 30. This year’s theme is superheroes.
SGA homecoming committee pairs Greek houses with residential facilities to create homecoming teams. Teams are then assigned a category within the superhero theme to personify in their lawn decorations and Yell Like Hell skit.
Kelly Kingston, a sophomore SGA homecoming chair, said the committee decides themes by taking into account which themes have been done in the past and the potential for sub-themes.
“My favorite part about homecoming is the friendly competition and how the campus unites,” Kingston said. “It is always special to invite alumni back to allow them to experience their glory days once again.”
Homecoming pairings will begin their lawn decorations today. Students can help prepare their decorations, and there will be snacks on team lawns every 30 minutes from 10:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
By Sept. 27, all of the decorations will be complete and students can walk down Hampton Drive to see what teams have decided to build. The lawn decorations are then judged by SGA.
Cambria Kayat is a first-year and president of Irvington House. She said she is excited for her first homecoming and the chance to see alumni and students come together to celebrate Butler.
“It is exciting to see how the Butler network continues,” Kayat said. “I would love to get involved with lawn decorations. I have never heard of them before, but they sound fun.”
At 8 p.m. on Sept. 27, pairings will perform at the annual Yell Like Hell event. Teams will prepare skits, dance routines and cheers.
For Hope Burns, a junior and vice president of social standards for Delta Gamma, Yell Like Hell has always been a favorite activity.
“Yell Like Hell is my favorite part of homecoming because it so fun to watch everyone’s performances,” Burns said. “The day of homecoming is fun because you get to celebrate with all your friends.”
The student spirit parade will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, starting on the intersection of 46th Street and Sunset Avenue and ending at the Sellick Bowl. Each pairing will have a float they can decorate. Butler cheerleaders, Hink and Trip will all be in the parade.
Rachel Koehler, a senior Alpha Chi Omega member, said she is excited for her last homecoming.
“I am really excited about doing it with Alpha Chi. It will be a good bonding experience as seniors,” Koehler said, “I’m looking forward to being on campus when everyone is really excited about being a Bulldog.”
Koehler said she encourages first year students to take the opportunity to experience the day.
“The lawn decorations are always fun and so are the skits,” Koehler said. “Even if you’re not in a skit or doing the lawn decorations, walk down the street and see what it’s like, go to the football game and come out and have a good time.”