As all the fun of Homecoming 2010 dims into warm memory, the central purpose behind the revelry remains: A strengthened and more well-connected Northwestern community. Still, with so much going on, it’s entirely possible to have forgotten the finer points of all the festivities. But never fear, Northwestern! Here are some of the highlights you might have missed as we celebrated “spreading red.”
The Spread Red Shootout ended Saturday in a surprising fashion as Abe Klafter and Nathan Mastbergen tied with seven kills each. The competition gave players the hours between sunrise and sunset to “kill,” using their NW rationed squirt gun, another specified opponent. The Shoot-Out produced imaginative tactics including hiding in shadows, bushes, the Zwemer tower, apartments, and the LRC.
For anyone interested in participating next year, competitor Jesse Baldwin said, “Do it! It was a lot of fun.”
Wednesday night concluded a fierce two-day fight between teams as they battled for the title of “Dodgeball Champs.” As the RSC gym filled up Monday and Tuesday evenings with same-gender teams composed of floor-mates, teammates or friends, the excitement in the air was thick. In double-elimination style, teams fought hard to realize their dreams of making it to Wednesday’s championship game. Props go out to the women’s bracket winners, “Hurricane Earl,” and the men’s winners, “Return of the Man Children,” who clenched their second consecutive title.
The Homecoming celebrations wrapped up Saturday night with the traditional dance in the RSC. Entering the gym, revelers were greeted by a red lantern and twinkle-light lit corridor delivering them onto a crowded dance floor. The tunes, a mix of everything from techno, 80’s and 90’s, country, dance hits and current Top 40 favorites, were spun by SAC member Keely Wright, making it her second time to DJ a NW dance.
As attendee Alex Wendel said, “It was fantastic – the strawberries and the people. Seeing everyone come and hang together, I really enjoyed it.”
And while collected opinion remains mixed on the chocolate fondue, it is clear that Homecoming 2010 was true to intention. Still, if 50’s starlet Deborah Kerr is in anyway right in her poetic waxing that, “Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories,” it is sure that NW will be keeping warm this winter.