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The Daily Tar HeeiMonday, October 20, 19883
Coming home to Chapel Hill
Carolina Blue spirits flow through a colorful weekend of nostalgic revelry
By RACHEL ORR
and JUSTIN McGUIRE
It was just like coming home. In
fact, it was.
UNC alumni flocked to Chapel
Hill over the weekend for a series of
events planned especially for them.
A homecoming parade on Franklin
Street, the N.C. State University
UNC football game, the crowning
of the homecoming queen and a
massive fraternity party vied for
Carolina fans, flashing smiles of
laughter, lined the Chapel Hill
streets Friday afternoon to watch
the Carolina Athletic Association
sponsored Homecoming parade.
The festive spirit of the parade's
participants was contagious to
viewers along the route, which
began on South Street at Carmi
chael Field, turned right on Colum
bia Street, right on Franklin Street
and right on Raleigh Road, to fin
ish with a small pep rally back at
the starting point.
Steve Streater, the parade's grand
marshall, a former UNC football
player and president of the N.C.
chapter of Students Against Driv
ing Drunk, led the procession. In
the parade were five floats, 14 resi
dence hall-decorated golf cart
entries, the UNC Marching Tar
Heels, the Homecoming Court, the
Sweet Carolines, the ROTC Color
Guard, the 1985 Homecoming
Queen Arlene Ferebee, the UNC
cheerleaders, Phi Mu Alpha music
fraternity and Mikeman Tommy
"I thought the parade was incred
ible," said Suzy Street, CAA vice
president in charge of publicity. "So
many people participated. There's a
lot of work here, and it's not just us
(CAA)," she said.
"This is just part of the fun of
Chapel Hill," said Sean Fincher, a
junior from Fayetteville, after he
threw a giant beach ball at the High
Kicking Heels, a UNC Marching
Tar Heel Band auxiliary unit, as
they marched past him on Franklin
Street. "The State-Carolina game is
the game everybody waits for," he
Richard LeClerc, a lab technician
at Duke University who was wear
ing a Carolina sweater and a Duke
golf hat, said he came to Chapel
Hill Friday to participate in the
Homecoming festivities'. ' " ". " ' ' '
"IVe come to cheer for Carolina.
Go Tar Heels!" said LeClerc as he
danced on the edge of Franklin
Arnold Minors, a friend of Le
Clerc 's from Toronto, Canada, said
he had not expected to cheer at a
parade for the Tar Heels during his
first visit to North Carolina. How
ever, Minors said, "I think it's fun."
The parade floats and golf carts,
which ranged from a golf cart
showing N.C. State as "MOO U. "
to the Lambda Chi Alpha Kappa
Alpha Theta float showing in "real
life" a UNC football player sawing
a State wolf in half, all predicted
doom for the Wolfpack.
Susan Harrison, a senior from
Pittsboro, said seeing the parade
was worth the 45-minute wait she
had on Franklin Street.
"Did you see all the effort that
went into the floats?" she asked.
"They showed a lot of spirit."
Others also applauded the work
put into the entries and made com
ments on them.
For instance, when the Senior
Class float passed and a huge cow
representing the N.C. State Home
coming Queen waved at the crowd,
Robbie Byrd, a freshman from
Fayetteville, said, "That looks like
Sparky the Firedog."
While Streater, Ferebee and
Mark Pavao, CAA president,
judged the float and golf cart
entries after the parade, the festivi
ties continued with the cheerleaders
and the band leading about the
parade participants in a pep rally.
The Kappa Sigma Zeta Tau
Alpha float showing a ram about to
hit a Wolfpack symbol in the center
of a dart board won first place and
was displayed on the Kenan Sta
dium end zone during the game.
The top three golf cart entries
were also placed on the field. Car
michael Residence Hall won first
place with its depiction of a wolf
sucking on a pacifier and the slogan
Craige Residence Hall's cart
"Sack the Pack," which had a wolf
in a grocery bag, captured second,
and Morrison Residence Hall's,
"Crush the Pack" cart showing a
blue foot stepping on a six-pack of
the beverage "Wolf," captured
Friday night, alumni and stu
dents were able to get fired up for
Saturday's game at a Delta Upsilon
pep party, and members of the fra
ternity termed the party a success.
"There were between 4,000 and
5,000 people there," said Mark
Prakke, a senior member of the fra
ternity. "We had people all across
the street. We knew the police
would shut us down if people were
in the street, so we had about 15
brothers lining the street. We also
hired two policemen from Orange
v Members of the fraternity talked
with police more than a month in
advance to coordinate the event,
Then, during halftime at Satur
day's game, came the coronation.
"Ecstatic" was the only word
Lori Weeks could find to describe
how she felt after being named 1986
UNC Homecoming Queen.
Weeks, a speech communications
and radio, television and motion
pictures major from Wilmington,
was crowned by 1985 Homecoming
Queen Arlene Ferebee during half
time ceremonies at Kenan Stadium.
As applause came from the stands,
Weeks embraced her father, Jim
Weeks, who was her escort.
"I can't believe it happened,"
Weeks said amidst hugs and con
gratulations. "The other girls were
just as "qualified as I was," she said.
"I think my enthusiasm for Carol
ina showed through. Even though
I'm a senior, I still have a lot of
Weeks also said she was grateful
for the support of her sorority sis
ters. "Alpha Delta Pi was just
wonderful," she said. "They pushed
me through. I don't think I could
have won without their help."
A senior transfer from UNC
Wilmington, Weeks was elected by
students Thursday from the seven
members of the Homecoming
Michele Killough, a psychology
and political science major spon
sored by the Senior Class of 1987,
was named first runner-up.
The other Homecoming court
members were: Sibby Anderson, a
drama and speech major from
Greenville, N.C, sponsored by Stu
dent Government; Felecia Carter of
Greensboro, a physical education
major sponsored by the Minority
Advisory Committee; Tammy Gill
iam, a pharmacy major from
Winston-Salem, sponsored by
Alpha Kappa -Alpha; Patty
McCarthy, an accounting major
from Hendersonville, sponsored by
Phi Mu and the Sweet Carolines;
and Laurie Toreson, a Spanish edu
cation major from Chapel Hill,
sponsored by Craige Residence
Kenny McManus, co-vice presi
dent of Homecoming for the Carol
ina Athletic Association, was
extremely pleased with the entire
"More student organizations
than ever participated in Home
coming week," he said." And I
think that's why it was so
All candidates for Homecoming
Queen must write an essay before
they are considered by the three
member faculty committee which
chooses the court. "The queen has
to be qualified," McManus said.
"It's not just any girl who picks up
an application. She has to prove
herself through achievement."
McManus also said he was
happy with the renewed interest in
Homecoming among students. He
said that 884 votes were cast this
year, opposed to about 500 cast last
year. "There's definitely a renewed
interest and that's nice to see," he
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