Welcome home, Bobcats. It has already been a month since classes have commenced and campus is bustling. We are in full swing here at MSU and you can feel it. This is Homecoming Week 2017: full of life, friends and tradition, and the theme for this year couldn’t have captured it better: “No Place like Home.”
Each day of Homecoming Week is designed to bring us a little closer and kindle memories that last a lifetime. Whether it’s your first homecoming or you’ve returned for yet another one, sit back, relax and enjoy the festivities.
Rockin’ the M, Volleyball and “Go Cats” Lights
On Thursday, Sept. 28, students and volunteers will be Rockin’ the M with paint and brushes in hand to climb Mount Baldy to give the M a fresh coat of paint. The event will occur from 3-6 p.m. Make sure to support the MSU volleyball team at 7 p.m. in Shroyer Gym where they will take on Portland State. After the game, meander down to North Hedges and see the infamous “GO CATS” lit up for all to see from 9-10 p.m.
Pep Rally, Lighting the M and Movie Night
The main Homecoming activities begin on Friday, Sept. 29, with a Pep Rally on Main Street at 5:30 p.m. As night falls, volunteers will light the M at 9 p.m. for everyone to witness and build the spirit of the Bobcat. Meanwhile in Romney Oval, Homecoming movie night will take place starting at 8:30 p.m. with a showing of The Blind Side
Parade, Football and Volleyball Games
Saturday, Sept. 30 is arguably the busiest day of the week, so get ready. Wake up to the Montana State Fight song roaring through downtown on Saturday Sept., 30 at 10 a.m. during the Homecoming Parade. After the parade, get excited for the game we’ve all been waiting for at 1:30 p.m. where the MSU football team will go head-to-head with Weber State in Bobcat Stadium. Keep the momentum up and finish homecoming week strong while watching the Brawl of the Wild volleyball game starting at 7 p.m. in Shroyer Gym.
This year is jam-packed with celebration and good times. But what should you be most excited about? Katelyn Gaffri, the ASMSU Student Spirit Director who spends countless hours ensuring your homecoming is a success, suggests students attend the Homecoming football game. “Football games are always the best during the fall,” Gaffri said. “Homecoming brings together generations of MSU Bobcats. The traditions that support and make homecoming what it is makes the week and the events important by having meaning and a rich history behind it. It’s a fun event everyone can look forward to by coming home to their roots.”.
Montana State is a place we all have learned to call home, so take this week to appreciate it. Enjoy the friendships, the memories, and the family. Smile when you see campus shine this week, put an extra pep in those steps and most importantly, bleed the blue and gold.
What’s the word on Homecoming?
Anna Jurovich (sophomore) “I love getting all dressed up and going the football and volleyball games with my friends.”
Amanda Rush (sophomore) “I’m excited to see the decorating competition in this year’s parade.”
Anna Buckley (sophomore) “I love hiking the M so I’m excited to see it light up.”
Nate Lassotovitch (sophomore) “I feel like there’s such a good vibe on campus and I’m happy to be here.”
Gavin Usher (sophomore) “I can’t wait to wear my blue and gold onesie to the girl’s volleyball game.”
Gage Halverson (freshman) “I’m excited for my first MSU football game.”
Brandan Eisman (sophomore) “Well, I’ve never missed a football game, so I can’t wait for this one.”