With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, love is in the air. Love for Queens, that is. Royal pride will be at an all-time high when the alumni return to cheer on the men’s basketball team, during the Homecoming game against Mars Hill University on Valentine’s night. And from the look of things, this year’s Homecoming is going to be a blast.
“CUB Royal Spirit is taking things up a notch and is planning some exciting and memorable events and homecoming festivities for the upcoming week,” said Devin Taylor, junior member of the Campus Union Board.
This year will be exciting, said Jalen Jamison, who, as the head of Royal Spirit, is in charge of planning homecoming.
“I’m trying to give us something that we can be proud of and go out with a bang,” he said. “This will be a college homecoming, not a pep rally.”
Talent showcases during Homecoming Week will be more suspenseful and intriguing than anything Queens has ever seen before. With appearances from MTV comedians and globally recognized artists, Jamison describes the talent events as “game changing.”
Wild ‘N Out
Wild ‘N Out, the QU Edition, gets under way at 9 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, Feb. 10), in Susan Little Auditorium in the E.H. Little Fine Arts Center. Two teams, Royal and Platinum, will wage a talent battle, and voting will take place on The Queens Chronicle mobile website, www.queens-chronicle.com. Wild ‘N Out is hosted by Kennedy Lewis and Malcolm Chester, with music by DJ Swale.
The Royal team includes Trey Ervin, Abby Laine Faber, Malyk Hannah, Jalen Jamison, Cassidy Jordan and Nikia “Freshie” Squire. The Platinum team includes Shomari Ingram, Zach Lewis, Jay Owens, Carmen Richardson, CC Radmard and Dacia Thompson.
Wild ‘N Out is presented by Project Airwaves and sponsored by CUB.
Unifying the Campus
Homecoming talent showcases will be “something that seniors will wish they had seen their freshman year,” Jamison said. “My goal is to unify the campus by bringing together all various cultural backgrounds.”
Jamison wants students to feel happy to be Royals, he said.
“Instead of separating into our own little cliques, this week will be a time that we can come together and truly learn the meaning of what it is to be a Royal and to love and appreciate our school,” Jamison said.
“Our goal is to continue to strengthen the bond that we all share with one another as Royals,” said Taylor.
Along with unifying the Royal community, entertainment will also be a huge focal point this year.
Students “can look forward to having something fun to do every single night leading up to the game,” said sophomore CUB member Mallory Vaughn.
The members of the planning committee have worked hard to ensure that students will have a great time. And with the big game falling on the most lovable night of the year, CUB has added a new addition to this year’s homecoming, Love Fest.
Love Fest will include events such as students making valentines to send to other Royals, celebrating their love for Queens and coming together with their fellow Royals to show their royal pride. With blue and white filling the campus, this year’s build up to homecoming night will be sure to excite.
“I feel like in the past, homecoming week has catered to the basketball team and alumni relations so much that we forget about the student population,” said Jamison. “I want to make sure that everyone is proud to be a Royal and I think this year, we can make that happen.”