Being non-Greek during Homecoming can feel like sitting in the dugout of a baseball field, watching other people play the game. While you can’t even think about putting your hands on that float, and you may not have a reason to attend certain events, have no fear. There are still events and other fun alternatives to get involved this Homecoming weekend.
Are you a fan of the theater? A student-directed production, “Cinderella Confidential,” will be performed in Gordon Wilson Hall. Tickets are only $5, and the play will be held Oct. 21-23. It won’t interfere with any late night activities you may have in mind; the production begins at 4 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Of course, the concert at Fountain Square Park will be open to anyone in the spirited mood. I’d never heard of the Jordan English Band, but I checked out some of his songs on YouTube. He’s pretty good. With his charming vocals, I got a summer-days-on-the-beach type vibe. The concert will be going on at the end of the parade, which starts at 5 p.m. Friday. The festivities will end just in time for Big Red’s Roar at 6:30 p.m. in the same location.
If you are a lover of the musical arts and you’d rather be placed in a peaceful trance than a rowdy one, Jovanni de Pedro will be performing in Fine Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night. He’s a pianist, so expect to hear some passionate harmonies flow throughout the room. He has traveled the world pursuing and mastering in his expertise. You won’t be disappointed.
Also on Friday, the National Pan-Hellenic Council will be holding a Step Show in Van Meter Hall at 8 p.m. You don’t want to miss it. It’s a show that has never failed the hype test and never disappoints in entertainment. Once it’s over, you won’t want to go home. And guess what? You don’t have to. There will be an abundance of after-parties.
The Homecoming game is a rather obvious go-to whether you are a part of a Greek organization or not. Be there at the stadium around 6 p.m. on Saturday. It’s a must. The Hilltoppers will be facing Old Dominion, and I guarantee the game will be a showdown. Wave your red towel with pride. Sway to the band’s awesome tunes and enjoy being a Hilltopper.
If none of these activities interest you, then there is another option — host your own get-together. Invite friends over. Order pizza or fix some good finger foods for everyone. Pop in a couple movies and chill. Whatever you do, don’t let this Homecoming weekend idly pass you by. Ain’t nobody got time for that.