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Homecoming 2014 was a hit!

Oct 27, 2014

Students, alumni and staff rallied together to pull off Pacific's 2nd Annual Homecoming, a festive weekend that brought as many as 5,000 visitors to the various events.

With this year's new Friday night "Tiger Rally," the return of the Parade on the Mile, numerous alumni reunions and the ever-popular Taste of Pacific, there were events for everyone in the Pacific community.

Two student-produced events drew cheering Tiger fans to the Alex G. Spanos Center for "Tiger Rally: United We Roar" and along Pacific Avenue for the Parade on the Mile. The first-ever Tiger Rally packed the Spanos Center from floor to ceiling with 3,500 spectators who came to see a combination of two of Homecoming's most popular events: Lip Sync and Midnight Mania.

Homecoming float
Homecoming Court
homecoming parade
Bill Coen Grand Marshal

The event was born from students brainstorming about how to increase school spirit and build partnerships, said Shannel Hawkins '15, ASuop Arts and Entertainment commissioner. A team of 30 students from ASuop and Athletics drove the new idea for the "Tiger Rally."

"It was truly a joint venture and partnership between Athletics and ASuop to highlight the wonderful and talented students, both athletes and not, at Pacific," said Jennifer Low, associate director for ASuop and Student Life Events.

Another new addition to Homecoming festivities was a Royal Court consisting of one freshman couple, one sophomore couple, one junior couple and three senior couples who were selected based on academic excellence and community involvement.

The next day brought the Parade on the Mile—the largest one so far. There were 51 total entries that included 11 floats, 13 car entries, and four large performing groups including a high school drum line from Liberty High School in Brentwood. Twelve of the entries were from the community.

More than 2,500 spectators lined Pacific Avenue to see the parade that was organized by the Arts and Entertainment Programming team. All of ASuop, totaling 31 students, worked during the parade to keep it organized and running smoothly, said Amanda Tonkin '15, ASuop Arts and Entertainment programmer and the Homecoming parade coordinator.

"Our goal for the parade this year was to get a wider variety of groups to participate from both Pacific's campus and the community. We reached out to our athletics teams this year and were beyond excited to have both our softball and baseball team show up in full force. From the community we were pleased to showcase cultural dance groups and our first drumline entry in the parade," said Tonkin.

During the weekend, some 15 alumni reunions and anniversaries were also taking place. Close to 150 alumni volunteers helped in the festivities, said Bill Coen, Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations who was also selected by students to serve as the 2014 Homecoming Parade Grand Marshal.

The signature Taste of Pacific again drew hundreds of participants and featured alumni wine-makers who also volunteered their time to make a festive evening and with Conservatory performance groups entertaining the crowd.

Click on the images below to catch a bit of the spirit in these video highlights:

Tiger Rally promo videoTiger Rally 2014 Highlights video


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