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Rampage 89The Daily Tar HeelFriday, September 29, 19893
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Each year's Homecoming celebration includes lots and lots of
balloons, and this year is no exception.
Planners target UNC alumni
for weekend spirit boosters
By CRICKET FRENCH
Carolina alumni have been return
ing for the Homecoming football
game for more than 100 years, but
UNC students have only recently
begun aiming more of the weekend
festivities toward returning graduates.
This year more events on Home
coming weekend are structured to
focus attention toward alumni. In years
past, Homecoming has not been or
ganized for the greatest turnout of
out-of-town participants. This year,
1989 alumnus Denny Worley said he
had seen the birth of Rampage, the
new Carolina Athletic Association
(CAA) program to get students and
alumni involved in Homecoming.
"The first year was 1985. In 1984,
Carolina had a Homecoming but there
were no events. There was a parade,
which consisted of the band, the cheer
leaders and one car. There wasn't
even a Homecoming queen."
Worley said he was looking for
ward to this Homecoming weekend.
"I want to drop back into the Caro
lina experience as a student. I miss
all the things I used to take for granted,
like reading The Daily Tar Heel over
The CAA has put together a num
ber of activities for Rampage '89,
which are open not only to students
and alumni, but to University staff,
the public and members of the town,
said Brad Bennett, CAA Homecom
ing vice chairman.
"Our job at the CAA is to boost
the spirit for Carolina during the week
of Homecoming," Bennett said. "We
want to ignite a spirit for coming
back to UNC and supporting the
Homecoming chairwoman Alison
Nipp agreed, but stressed the CAA's
interest in increased alumni involve
ment. "The weekend Homecoming
events are focused toward alumni
Weekend events will kick off with
the Franklin Street Extravaganza
today from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The
street fair between Henderson and
Columbia streets will feature enter
tainment by the singing groups the
Loreleis and the Clef Hangers, the
Black Student Movement Gospel
Choir, a rock band and live radio
broadcasts from U-93.9 FM and
WCHL radio, Bennett said.
Shop windows on Franklin Street
will be painted, blue and white bal
loons will lace the street, and clowns
and Carolina Fever members will be
present. Other Extravaganza festivi
ties will include mock game shows
for adults and musical chairs and cake
walks for children.
"I hope all of our events this year
will become tradition," said Lisa Frye,
CAA president. "We have laid a ter
rific amount of groundwork for fu
Bennett said, "The Franklin Street
Extravaganza, Tailgreat and the foot
ball game were planned with alumni
in the forefront."
In conjunction with the General
Alumni Association (GAA) and the
Chapel Hill Downtown Commission,
the CAA created the first annual Tail
great, an all-you-can-eat barbeque
luncheon on the quad between Silent
Sam and Franklin Street Saturday
from 1 1 :30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
"We (the GAA) hope this will be
a great addition to the Homecoming
activities with particular interest to
the alumni and citizens of Chapel
Hill and Carrboro," said Laurie Nor
man, assistant director for alumni
activities of the GAA and a 1983
graduate of UNC.
Tailgreat will include live enter
tainment, Ben and Jerry's will sell
ice cream, and the Class of 1990 will
sell soft drinks. Tickets are $4 for
students, $8 for non-students and are
available at the CAA office, the
Downtown Commission and in the
The traditional Homecoming pa
rade will begin at 1 1 :30 a.m. Satur
day, reaching Franklin Street around
noon. The parade will feature the
Homecoming queen and court, stu
dent floats, WCHL morning disc
jockey and Great Marshall of the
parade Ron Stutts and the Dudley
High School Marching Band.
Besides the new public events
evolving for Carolina alumni, there
are several old traditions and hang
outs for the returning UNC gradu
ates. Most fraternities and sororities
always welcome back their alumni
for pre-home game events, such as
cookouts and barbeques.
Worley said he was coming home
to Carolina on Thursday night to begin
his journey down memory lane early.
"This weekend people will come
to plan and expect to see old friends
and become re-acquainted with Caro
lina," Worley said. "Because that is
what Homecoming is all about."
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