Jamie M. Eubanks
JSU News Bureau
JACKSONVILLE -- October 25, 2001 -- Jacksonville State University’s "DISCO-ver Homecoming" festivities have begun and students, old and new, are joining in the fun.
The Homecoming Queen contestants have been narrowed to ten, and election results for the top five will be posted Thursday afternoon, October 25.
On Monday, October 29, JSU’s true colors shine with the beginning of the Door Decoration Contest. Offices throughout campus will adorn their doors for the annual contest. Judging will be on November 2, and the winner receives an engraved plaque from the Student Government Association (SGA).
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” will be shown on the quad Halloween night at 7:30 p.m. This is an annual event at JSU, complete with audience interaction. SGA will provide some of the props, including birdseed, newspaper and other items.
The birdseed is used in place of rice that is thrown by the audience during a wedding scene. Newspapers are used during a rain storm created by the audience’s water pistols. Other props include flashlights, rubber gloves, noisemakers, confetti, toilet paper, party hats, bells and decks of cards.
J-Day is a carnival type event the SGA sponsors every year. On November 1, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m., on the front lawn of the Theron Montgomery Building (TMB), students can experience bull riding, rock climbing, wax hands and spin art. Free snow cones and cotton candy will be provided.
“The bull riding is a simulator,” says Robert Hayes, SGA advertising. “It’s the bull riding experience without the smell.”
The wax hands experience is a unique one. You place your hands in ice cold water, then dip them in melted wax. Next, you put your hands in the position of your choice and wait for the wax to harden. Once it hardens you work your hands out of the wax and have a permanent cast of your hands.
All these events are free to JSU students. “It’s a great time to hang out and get the word out about the Homecoming theme,” says Hayes.
Friday, November 2, the day before the Homecoming game, students in the newly renovated Jack Hopper Dining Hall can rock to the oldies or any other music for that matter. SGA will sponsor “Karaoke in the Caf.” It is open mike, with all types of music, and everyone who wants to sing should get to. $4.00 per person gets you on stage.
At noon, JSU alumni and friends will tee off at Ft. McClellan’s Cane Creek Golf Course. $40.00 per person registration includes greens fee, cart and a meal.
Friday night at 7:00 p.m. students gather around the bonfire to compete in the banner contest and hear the announcement of JSU’s 2001 Homecoming Queen and court. “The atmosphere will be much like a pep rally to get students pumped up for the game.”
JSU alumni will also have their night on the town. Past presidents of the JSU National Alumni Association will meet at The Barn. It is by invitation only.
“The 60’s Group,” those who graduated between 1960 and 1969, will have a barbecue reunion in Ohatchee.
And the class of 1951 will celebrate its 50th reunion on the eleventh floor of Houston Cole Library. There is no charge, but reservations are required.
Game day will begin with the yard display contest, followed by the homecoming parade. Community and student organizations will prepare floats and The Marching Southerners and Ballerinas will entertain. The route will begin at Taco Bell on Highway 21, circle the square and end in front of Stephenson Hall at JSU.
Throughout Saturday, The Southerners and Ballerina alumni will have their own festivities.
At 4:00 p.m., JSU will take on Tennessee Tech at Paul Snow Stadium.
For more information about SGA sponsored events, contact the Student Activities office at 256-782-5491. Concerning alumni events or to make reservations, contact the Alumni House at 256-782-5404.
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