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2Rampage '89The Daily Tar HeelFriday, September 29, 1989
tyirooyt expected for -expanded! parade
By LEIGH PRESSLEY
Carolina and Franklin Street are
traditionally known for explosive
good times. Saturday, as the Home
coming parade floats through Chapel
Hill, that tradition will continue.
"An Explosion of Good Times,"
the theme of Homecoming 1989,
promises to deliver a parade that is
equally dynamic. With six marching
bands, 27 decorated golf carts and
several all-out floats, this year's pa
rade should be bigger and better than
Lisa Frye, Carolina Athletic As
sociation (CAA) president, said this
year's parade would bring together
all aspects of the University commu
nity. "For the past three years, the pa
rade has been a stable, growing part
of Homecoming. We're "Starting to
bring the different factions of the
University together: the students, the
community and the alumni."
Included in the parade will be stu
dent leaders Brien Lewis, student body
president; Student Congress Speaker
Gene Davis; Bobby Ferris, president
of the senior class; and Greg Zee
man, vice president of the senior class.
Donald Boulton, vice chancellor and
dean of student affairs; Frederic
Schroeder, dean of students; Jonathan
Howes, mayor of. Chapel Hill; and
Ron Stutts, morning personality of
WCHL will also participate.
Bronwen Griffith, CAA's vice
president, said the six marching bands
planned for the parade would be a
big change from last year. '
"We've always had a parade, but
this year it's going to be big," she
said. "We're going to have over 400
high school marchers, floats and deco
rated golf carts. It's definitely going
to be a big event."
The bands participating will in
clude the UNC Marching Tar Heels,
the Navy Drum and Bugle Corps,
Grimsley High School and Dudley
High School of Greensboro, Harnett
Central High School of Burlington
and Eastern Guilford High School of
In addition, the High Kicking
Heels, the Shriners and a local Boy
Scout troop will particpate in the
parade. Appearing on floats will be
groups such as the Black Student
Movement, Campus Y and the CAA.
Sororities and fraternities floats will
also add to the festivities.
Because the parade is later in the
day this year, CAA officials hope
more students will come out to watch.
Homecoming Chairwoman Alison
Nipp said the parade was at a con
venient time for most students.
"Last year, a lot of students just
slept right through the parade. This
parade is going to be easy to see.
Students can stand outside their dorms,
stick their heads out the window and
watch. It's around noon so they can
just roll out of bed and go get some
thing to eat, too."
CAA members have been work
ing on the Homecoming parade since
late April, but a lot of work falls on
float-building groups in one afternoon,
Groups building floats rent U
Hauls for one full day and work with
plywood and chicken wire all day
Friday decorating their floats.
"It takes a lot of group effort and
a lot of quality time," she said.
Student participation in the parade
is up this year, but the early date of
the game may hurt the Homecoming
effort in general, Nipp said.
"This year more groups are in
volved, but not as many as expected
because the early date this year. Af
ter sorority and fraternity rush, the
Greeks are still involved."
Frye said the CAA chose the early
date for Homecoming rather than hold
the event in November.
"There are usually more games in
October, but this year we only had
one game to choose from. We played
Wake Forest two years ago for Home
coming, so it was either Sept. 30 or
in November. We felt like with all
the outdoor events, students would
enjoy the weather."
As the parade passes by, students
can enjoy Tailgreat, an all-you-can-eat
barbeque sponsored by the Down
town Commission and the General
The parade will begin at Rams
Head parking lot, wind through cam
pus past the Old Well and Fraternity
Court and travel down Franklin Street
A glimpse at celebrations across nation's campuses
By KYLE YORK SPENCER
Staff Writer .
Although it often seems to Caro
lina fans that UNC's annual Home
coming celebration is the only one in
the country, many colleges and uni
versities across the United States also
have vibrant long-standing homecom
Most American colleges share at
least one common homecoming bond.
"It is a killer party weekend," said
Robert Marble, a sophomore at N.C.
State. "But that's only if they're real
This appears to hold true for most
schools. While the University of
Virginia's (UVa) homecoming week
end is drenched in tradition, Jenny
Bennett, a UVa sophomore, said she
hadn't even noticed it last year.
"I was expecting to hear about
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some of my friends, and they told me
it had already gone by. It wasn't even
At Boston University (BU), the
homecoming mood is similar.
"Some people get into it. Some
people don't," said Debbie Mintz, a
At BU, homecoming is mostly
popular among fraternity and soror
ity members and members of the stu
dent government, Mintz said.
In other smaller colleges, the ac
tual football game may not be the
emphasis of homecoming weekend.
According to a former Guilford Col
lege student in Greensboro no one
goes to the game, but everyone par
ties afterwards as if they had been to
Homecoming is most popular at
large state schools, particularily in
the South. At the University of Mi
ami the yearly celebration is an elabo
rate one, said Todd Misemer, associ
ate homecoming chairman. This year
the homecoming committee plans to
build an obstacle course with a fairy
tale theme. Part of the course includes
making Cinderella's bed and finding
the right shoe size for her, he said.
To add to the festivities, each
campus organization will receive a
bag full of "stuff." Each organization
will dress someone up like an ibis (a
large bird), the school's mascot,
Being homecoming queen has tre
mendous significance, he said. She
automatically becomes Miss Miami
and is then eligible to become Miss
Florida, who competes in The Miss
Other universities don't take kings
and queens as seriously. A few years
ago at Wake Forest University in
Winston-Salem, a fraternity sponsored
a dog as homecoming king. The dog
won, and the homecoming queen had
to parade onto the football field dur
ing halftime with her king, a dog,
said Mark Hall, a program adviser
for their student union.
"She wasn't too happy about that,"
At the University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, traditions such as home
coming king and queen were done
away with in the '60s and '70s, said
Bill Colburn, executive director of
their Alumni Association.
"Students viewed it as sexist," he
Students at UNC, whose Home
coming game against Navy will be
held at 4 p.m., can be happy they
don't attend Louisiana State Univer
sity. Last year's football game was
held at 1 1 :30 a.m. in order to fulfill a
television contract with the South
eastern Conference. Griping students
were forced to hold their tailgate par
ties at 9 a.m., said Deborah Day, a
chief staff writer for their student
newspaper, The Daily Reveille.
"We just got drunk earlier."
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