October 7, 2004

Charles Harmon Director of University Relations, Joseph C. Agbasi Student Assistant

VSU Homecoming 2004: Torching the Tigers

Homecoming 2004 at Valdosta State University is definitely going to be one to remember. The week of October 11 - 16 is jam-packed with great activities for students and alumni, giving the entire VSU community an opportunity to join in on a very healthy dose of school spirit.

?Our Homecoming Committee, comprised of students and staff, decided on the ?Torching the Tigers? theme because we thought it was exciting and would generate positive school spirit in the VSU students,? said Robin Vickery, Director of Student Life. ?We brought back many activities from previous years because our students really enjoyed them before, and we hope they look forward to the great festivities this year.?

Monday is the beginning of Homecoming 2004. The long-awaited kick off event will start at 6 P.M. on the VSU front lawn. The celebration will have blow-ups, caricatures, a mechanical bull, obstacle course, and a balloon animal artist. The Student Government Association (SGA) will also host a special cookout with a live disc jockey.

An election process thru the Web will choose the 2004 Homecoming Queen and her court. The first election will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 12, which will narrow down the field to five candidates. The Queen will be selected from five candidates by a second election on Thursday, Oct. 14, and announced during the halftime show of the Homecoming game on Saturday.

The Campus Activities Board hosts a Comedy Night in Whitehead Auditorium starting at 7 P.M. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M. and the event is only open to students with a valid VSU ID. Celebrity comedians headlining the show include Lady Roz G, Shang, and A. G. White.

VSU is having a Blazer Pep Rally in the Old Gym with the university's football team on Thursday, Oct. 14 at 7 P.M. The event will really get everyone geared up for Saturday's big homecoming game.

The Annual Homecoming Parade will start at 5 P.M. on Friday, Oct. 15. The parade will be located on Patterson Street and floats will be incorporating the ?Torch the Tigers? theme. The Beta Tau Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi will be celebrating its 45th Anniversary on the VSU Campus. The celebration weekend will start at the fraternity house on Friday and conclude at the Valdosta Country Club on Saturday evening. The VSU Alumni Association will be conducting its annual meeting at 7 P.M. at the Valdosta Country Club, as well. The cost is $20 and RSVP is required.

The VSU Blazers will face the West Alabama Tigers at 1 P.M. on Saturday, Oct. 16 at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium. The Mu Omicron Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. will host an All Greek Step-Show at the P.E. Complex at 7 P.M.

The 2004 Homecoming schedule can be found at: http://www.valdosta.edu/news/media/newsrelease/October_2004/homecoming_schedule.pdf

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