Florida Southern College’s annual Homecoming began the week of March 9 and ended on Saturday, March 14. The theme of this year’s week-long event was “Superheroes versus Villains.” Some events over the course of the week included a window-decorating contest, a banner competition, a special Southern Cinema double feature, penny wars, a homecoming carnival and, lastly, the Southern Takeover concert.
In the morning, students were assigned a windowpane either outside Wynee’s Bistro or outside the bookstore to decorate for the window decorating contest. The design had to include their club mascot, FSC spirit, the words Florida Southern College (or FSC), and/or the name of the organization involved.
That night, Kick-Off began and the Bandshell was in full swing. Students, faculty and staff were all invited to come out to music, food, games and prizes. Students were encouraged to wear their best FSC spirit or superhero/villain attire.
During the banner competition, teams were responsible for decorating a twin size bed sheet that had to include their Superhero/Villain, their team name, school spirit and an FSC tradition or point of pride.
Southern Cinema hosted a double feature in Badcock Garden. Free food and prizes were given to students. The two movies shown were “Into the Woods” and “The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay – Part 1.”
The Alumni Class of ’65 saw a live 3-D Printing as Florida Southern’s chief renovation architect Jeff Baker made an appearance. Baker made headlines this year when he pioneered the use of 3-D printing to aid in the restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Annie Pfeiffer Chapel.
The weekend began with the Homecoming Carnival at Badcock Garden. Some booths included the Roux Reads Riddlers giving out riddles with green and purple popsicles. Zeta Tau Alpha had a balloon darts game and gave out lemonade, Alpha Omicron Pi had a ring toss game and prizes and Lambda Chi Alpha had corn hole and gave out free food and drinks.
For the Penny Wars fundraiser teams had to decorate a jar to collect change. The goal was to be the team that had the most coins in their jar. Paper money was worth negative points, so if a team wanted to, they could put negative points in another team’s jar. The team who won overall for the week gets to donate all the money collected to a charity of their choice.
The week drew to a close as the Association of Campus Entertainment hosted its biggest concert yet on Mr. George’s Green. The festivities started at 4 p.m. Student bands Wah and the Seeps, the Stephen Ellrod band and solo artist Erica Bitting took the stage during the concert. Blue Denim and Miclain Keith, Attic Wolves, The Downtown Fiction and We The Kings also made appearances during the show. The headlining band New Politics closed the show.
Along with all the student events going on this week, the alumni had their own agendas for the weekend. There were several events going on like Founder’s Day Convocation, the Campus Fun Run & Walk and The I Went to a Garden Party that featured comedian Peter Fogel and musical sensations The Brain Sutherland Band and Highway 37 South.
“It’s always wonderful to come back to Florida Southern. You get to see people you haven’t seen in a while. I like to see people I went to school with, other alumni, and seeing their kids come to FSC. I go with my roommates up to Florida Southern and I love it every single time,” Rebeca Scroggin ’81 said.“I think Dr. Kerr is doing such a wonderful job keeping up with the campus and all the new buildings, and it’s wonderful to see what’s new and see old friends and reminisce old times.”