Homecoming week encourages spirit on the Hill

Students, faculty, and alumni set up tents to tailgate the Homecoming football game on Saturday, Oct. 5. (Jordan Wood / McDaniel Free Press).Students, faculty, and alumni set up tents to tailgate the Homecoming football game on Saturday, Oct. 5. (Jordan Wood / McDaniel Free Press).

On Monday, Sept. 30, this year’s Homecoming week kicked off with a pep rally hosted by the Student Government Association.

It was an interactive event with students from all classes participating in games like three-legged races, a 100-meter dash, dance battles, and an egg race. There were performances from the cheer, dance, and Africa’s Legacy dance teams that had everyone in the stands cheering after each dance. 

The rest of the week featured other spirit activities. Students were encouraged to wear their class colors on Monday, dress like a twin with a friend on Tuesday, dress like a favorite character or celebrity on Wednesday, wear a vintage look for Throwback Thursday, and dress in formal wear on Friday.

Then, on Oct. 5, McDaniel students, faculty, and alumni gathered on the Hill for the Homecoming football game, along with a small carnival with local food trucks like Mad Cow and bakeries like Rare Opportunities Bakery. As the day progressed, the campus community enjoyed the endless supply of food like pupusas, tacos, Italian ice, crab cakes, cookies, hand pies, and much more, leaving no food truck without customers.

Along with food, there were also face painting stands and bounce houses that kept children entertained throughout the day. The whole event was brought together by live music performed by McDaniel’s Jazz Ensemble and student group Bottom Dollar. While the football team did not win the game, the community still came together to share some school spirit and make new memories.