By Jackson Taylor, News Editor
Under the newly appointed leadership of Senior Director of Student Involvement Bill Pickett, the University of Nebraska at Omaha had an exciting and successful homecoming week.
The week started off with a bonfire, pep rally and firework show on Center Street Campus, just north of the indoor dome. The event drew hundreds of students looking to kick off the week with excitement. This was followed on Monday with a spirit lunch and a performance by Hypnotist Jim Wand. Tuesday brought the “Take the Bull by the Horns” event with the Maverick Monument and later that night a comedic performance by Pete Lee. Wednesday, students spent the day playing board games at the Community Engagement Center and that night they could be found at the Battleship competition in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation building.
On Thursday, students felt the final homecoming event approaching quickly with Maverick Mayhem. Held on the Caniglia Soccer Field, Maverick Mayhem was a celebration of Maverick athletics, a salute to fans, and a kickoff to the UNO hockey season. This event was a mix of a pep rally, carnival and concert.
On Oct. 10, a reception was held at the CenturyLink Center for Homecoming Court and their families followed by UNO’s first home hockey game. After the first period, Homecoming Royalty was announced, with the crowning of Richard Larson as King and Morgan Berkel as Queen. The Mavs beat #13 Minnesota State 5-3, a good start to what looks to be a promising season. The official Homecoming Hockey Game was the next night. Unfortunately, the Mavs lost 4-2 in a hard-fought game with Minnesota State. However, Maverick Spirit was in the air all week, and hopefully the atmosphere of support will continue throughout the year.