It was that time of year again.
Students at Queens were treated to their annual celebration of Homecoming last week. This year, the Royal Spirit Committee elected to celebrate the Golden Age as the yearly theme, and they made sure students knew. Campus was flooded with a vibrant array of golden streamers, balloons and signs in an effort to brighten everyone’s walk during the week.
This was not the extent of what Queens had in mind, as each day from Monday, January 22 through Saturday, January 27 featured a different event for students to attend.
On Monday, the Trexler lobby became the source of music, cheers and Royals swag. Students could stop by to pick up a variety of gear, including t-shirts, coasters and drink cozies. Though the event was supposed to go from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, it actually may have ended a bit early. Becca Sobus, freshman, said she stopped by around 6:30. “It seemed like nothing was really set up or being handed out, so I left.” She did add that it may have been an intermission of sorts, as someone she knew allegedly went later and reported to finding the festivities in full swing.
The action returned to Trexler on Tuesday for “Paint a Rex,” an opportunity for students to create a tapestry of the Charlotte city skyline. The process was guided through an instructor, allowing for students to create credible works regardless of initial artistic talent. “I had never done one of these painting experiences before, so I was a little stressed out at first,” said Celeste Baker, sophomore. “But I liked the outcome. It definitely helped to have all the instructions.”
Chick Fil-A got into the action for Royal Wednesday, decreasing their usual deal in price, which allowed students to purchase a full chicken sandwich meal for $3.
The Duke Energy Auditorium showcased The Great Gatsby (2013) on Thursday. The movie was catered with some pizza, snacks and drinks. Keegan Rapp, freshman, described the experience as “pleasant,” noting there were around 20 people in attendance.
The ball really started rolling Friday night, with both the Hall of Fame inductions and not one, but two parties. The first was the Golden Glow Party, hosted in the Crown Room and featuring a live DJ. The other was the Royal Society Homecoming Weekend Kickoff, a separate affair over at The West Lounge on 6th Street. These all followed up a parade around campus that morning, which several students took part in.
“The whole week was kind of just to get people hyped and into this Royal spirit for the basketball games,” said Jen Harlow, sophomore and Co-Chair of After Dark. Indeed, the big event itself took place on Saturday, featuring a bevy of festivities for students to attend. There was a tailgate from 11:00am-2:00pm, followed by women’s and men’s basketball games.
Competing against Anderson University, women’s basketball fell short, 79-62. Men’s basketball, currently ranked third in the nation, was able pull off a 91-68 victory however.
Harlow felt the week transpired well. “We had a great event on Tuesday, we had a great kick off on Monday, we had a really good turnout [Thursday] at the movie… so yeah, I would say it’s a success.” With another Homecoming in the books, students can only wonder what the theme will be when the event rolls around again next year.