Two trademarks of college life, food and games, kick off Homecoming Week 2002 today.
At 4:30 p.m., dinner will be served at America's Buffet in the LaFollette Complex, Elliot Dining, Woodworth Plaza, and the Noyer Retreat. Each dining hall will have a special menu that all students can take advantage of, said Andrea Deer, Homecoming adviser.
At 7 p.m. in Worthen Arena, a pep rally and team events will be held. The marching band, cheerleaders, University Singers, Code Red and other groups will perform. Twister, relay and tricycle race competitions, among preregistered student teams, will add to the excitement, said Deer. The first faculty and staff royalty will be crowned also.
"I am so excited and enthusiastic; I think it'll be huge," Deer said.
Deer is also pleased with the large number of students - about 4,000 - who voted for Homecoming royalty this year.
Homecoming activities will continue throughout the week.
This year's events are the result of much planning, said Ben Csikos, general chairman of the steering committee.
"We've been looking forward to this since March," when the steering committee was assembled, he said.
Other events planned for the week include Air Jam, a lip-sync and dance contest, Talent Search, a talent show with up to $900 in scholarship money awarded, and the annual homecoming parade and football game.
"I think it's going to be a good week," said Courtney Lyman, special events coordinator and athletic liaison for the steering committee. "It shows a lot of school spirit and that you're involved on your campus and proud to go to Ball State."
Tracy Reynolds, multicultural relations and special events chairwoman for the steering committee, said being on the committee has been a rewarding experience.
"While we've been planning, we're seeing the whole campus come together," she said.
But homecoming has one message in particular it should convey to students, said Csikos.
"Get out there and have some fun," said Csikos. "We promise this year will be the best."