Homecoming is not a word usually associated with schools that have no football team. But with a basketball game and week of spirited events, the College’s annual Homecoming Week proved to be equal to any other university’s.
The week kicked off Jan. 30 with an air hockey competition. The high energy continued the next day with a pep rally at Liberty Fresh Food Co., featuring game day foods such as cotton candy, wings and popcorn. Students ate as they danced to DJ NattyHeavy.
Throughout the week, various student organizations competed to win the spirit cup. Through a cereal drive, banner competition and card-writing campaign, organizations gained points in the competition. In the end, CisternYard Media came out victorious for the second consecutive year. Students also voted for Homecoming Court and each organization nominated four candidates for king, queen, prince and princess.
After a week of pep and spirit, Saturday brought the main event: the Homecoming game. To kick off the festivities, a tailgate was hosted in the Cistern Yard featuring food, music and of course, excited students. People danced their way from the Cistern Yard to the TD Arena student section, leaving few seats empty. Even President Glenn McConnell found himself enticed by school spirit as he took the platform with DJ NattyHeavy at the game, gaining himself the nickname DJ Glenn McCoco for the night.
Halftime brought alumni Cougarettes to the court with the current squad, performing a choreographed routine with a mix of old and new dancers. Then it was time for the Homecoming Royalty to be announced. Three out of the four royalty came from CisternYard Media, with Alexis Armour crowned as queen, Donovan Taylor as king and Sydney Moreano as princess. Jonah Williams represented Student Government Association and was crowned prince.
The basketball team caught wind of the high energy as they pulled ahead of Elon in the second half and won 71-58. Students and fans roared when Clyde pulled himself onto the court for an elaborate victory dance.
Those who were not quite ready to let go of the Homecoming energy found themselves in Sottile Theater after the game for a NPHS step show featuring DJ Luke Nasty.