By Kristen Cloyed, Entertainment Editor
Next week’s Homecoming activities are expected to surprise. Students should prepare for a circus-themed week of celebration. The goal this year is to attract as many students as possible.
Maverick Productions, who is hosting the event, is eager to put to rest any misconceptions students might have about Homecoming, such as exclusivity.
“It seems like students at UNO think Homecoming is strictly for all the sororities and fraternities, but this isn’t true,” said Shelby Pieper, Maverick Traditions Chair and student coordinator for Homecoming week.
Pieper doesn’t want Homecoming to be thought of as only for a certain group of students. This is UNO’s Homecoming, she said, and all UNO students should attend.
Pieper, who didn’t attend UNO last fall, started with a blank slate. This has allowed her to plan a different Homecoming than what students may be familiar with, she said.
“I tried to stick close to tradition, while at the same time stepping outside of the mold previously used for Homecoming at UNO,” Pieper said. “I think it helps that I came in with a non-Greek perspective.”
Homecoming activities will last all week. Pieper said she chose the activities and entertainment with the goal that everyone on campus could attend as many of the events as possible.
The festivities begin Monday with a Kick-Off Carnival from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza. Pieper said the carnival will have games, a balloon artist, popcorn, cotton candy and “a surprise that students will not want to miss.” She hopes the carnival will help advertise the rest of the week’s events and give all students the chance to participate in the Homecoming festivities.
Tuesday brings magician David Hall to the Nebraska Room in MBSC at 7 p.m. Hall will also be doing “street magic” from 12 to 1 p.m. around campus.
“I thought [street magic] would be a nice touch and a good way to get more students involved with Homecoming,” Pieper said.
Hypnotist Jim Wand will move minds on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Nebraska Room in MBSC. Wand has been involved with UNO’s Homecoming for the last few years and his show is always popular with the students. It was for this reason, Pieper said, that Maverick Productions decided to bring him back.
Thursday’s festivities include a Circus Act Show from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Nebraska Room in MBSC. The Circus Act Show is a competition for all of the organizations participating in Homecoming. Pieper said the more people who are there to cheer on their peers the better.
“Each organization was asked to come up with some kind of skit that resembles an act you would see at the Circus,” Pieper said. “While entries only consist of participating organizations, all students are encouraged to come. The circus acts are going to be entertaining, to say the least.”
Saturday will be packed full of festivities. The Homecoming parade begins at 3 p.m. at Aksarben Village and the route will wind through Elmwood Park. After the parade, gather for a tailgate at the Sapp Fieldhouse from 4 to 6 p.m. The hockey game is scheduled to start at 7:07 p.m. at the CenturyLink Center.
The Homecoming Dance, which is free for all UNO students, will follow the game from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m., also at the CenturyLink Center. There will be games and raffle prizes at the dance throughout the night.
Pieper said there will be shuttles both from the tailgate to the game and from the dance back to UNO, all provided by Student Government.
Royalty voting is split up by campus. Dodge Street campus voting will be Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the south entrance of MBSC. Voting on Pacific Street campus will be Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mammel Hall.