Homecoming Week 2010 has begun

Powder Puff Football Game 2010Homecoming Week 2010 — Days of the Dog — has begun!

Festivities, which launched Sunday with Powder Puff Football and a barbecue, continue this morning with a kick-off bonanza in the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commons.

From 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, the Recycled Boat Race will be held in the East Lagoon. The objective of this event is for groups to design and build a people powered floatation device using 70 percent recycled materials. Points will be awarded to the top three finishers. A comedy show is scheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium.

Elections for the Homecoming king and queen will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14. Students with valid NIU OneCards can vote in the Holmes Student Center, DuSable Hall, Founders Memorial Library, Barsema Hall and the Campus Recreation Center.

Yell Like Hell will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Convocation Center. This is a competition where groups prepare dance-cheerleading numbers to their choice of music. This event gives a rush of Huskie Pride to those who attend. This is a longtime Huskie tradition that has a pep-rally-like atmosphere and helps get people pumped up for the Homecoming game Saturday.

From 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, a variety show will be held in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium. This event is sponsored by the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NHPC). The variety show after-party will take place from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. at the Recreation Center.

A Homecoming 5k race sponsored by the Campus Recreation Center starts at Annie’s Woods at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. The Homecoming Parade will follow the race.  It will begin at 9 a.m. in downtown DeKalb and end at the Chick Evans Field House.

At 11 a.m. Saturday, the NIU Alumni Association will sponsor an Alumni Tent Village Pre-Game Tailgate. The tent is located adjacent to the Barsema Alumni Visitors Center. The NIU Homecoming football game versus Buffalo will kick off at 2:30 p.m. Doors will open one hour prior to the game.

Festivities conclude Saturday night at the 7 p.m. step show sponsored by NPHC  in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium and the step show after-party, held from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. at the Campus Recreation Center.

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