Binghamton University prepares for Homecoming 2003
A picnic, a talent show, fireworks and a parade are among the events planned for Homecoming 2003 at Binghamton University.
Activities begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 9, with a performance by comedian Tommy Davidson in the West Gym. A wiry, hyperkinetic African-American comic actor, Davidson is most recognized for his performances on Fox’s “In Living Color.” He made his first TV appearance on the HBO comedy special “Robert Townsend & His Partners in Crime III.” He also starred in the surprise comedy hit “Booty Call,” opposite Jamie Foxx. Tickets are $10 for BU students and $15 for non-students.
At 4 p.m. Friday, October 10, the Art Museum will host an opening reception for an alumni art exhibition. Over 70 alumni are participating in the exhibition, which includes paintings, drawings and textiles. Alumni athletes will join together for the annual Hall of Fame dinner in the West Gym lobby at 6 p.m. to honor this year’s inductees John Affleck, Alicia Brennan, John Dunigan and Chris Jackey.
On Saturday, kids’ activities in the Art Museum and alumni athletic events will lead into BU’s first ever homecoming parade. The “Brain Train” parade will step off at noon and make its way around BU’s main roadway – the “Brain” - leading into the Peace Quad.
At 1 p.m., Baxter’s Village Luau gets underway featuring games, food and music. The announcement of the exemplary student of the year award will also be made at the luau.
The six finalists are Ravi Gupta, a Harpur College junior majoring in science and public policy; Lindsey Krecko, a Harpur senior majoring in psychobiology with a concentration in evolutionary studies; Jennifer Kwok, a School of Management senior concentrating in marketing, finance, and management information systems (MIS); Maria Pendolino, a Harpur senior majoring in English and theatre; Robert Swan, a Harpur senior majoring in biochemistry; and Kenny Weiss, a double-degree senior majoring in mathematics and computer science’
Also on Saturday, the BU women’s soccer team takes on Stony Brook at noon while the men’s team takes on the State University at Albany at 2 p.m.. Both games are on the West Gym Field.
At 8 p.m., alumni will present a special concert in the Anderson Center Concert Theater to benefit student scholarships. “100 Years of Broadway” will feature BU graduate Neil Berg and performances by a selection of alumni Broadway stars, including Jordan Leeds, Joanne Borts, Kevin Reed and Brett Nichols. They will be joined by Rita Harvey from Phantom of the Opera; William Michaels who starred in The Scarlett Pimpernel, Beauty and the Beast and Les Miserables; Robert Evan known for his portrayal of the title characters in Jekyll and Hyde; and Danny Zolli, star of Jesus Christ Superstar. Tickets are $25 for the general public, $10 for students.
At 7 p.m. Sunday, students will show off their talent at a variety show in the Mandela Room. The show will feature talent and lip-sync acts. Guest emcee is comedienne Alexandra McHale, who made her network debut on NBC’s “Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” McHale is a regular at national clubs such as the Comic Strip, Catch a Rising Star and Caroline’s.
To close out the weekend, a fireworks display, sponsored by the Student Association, will light up the skies following the variety show at approximately 9:30 p.m.. The pyrotechnics will be launched from parking lot M.
Homecoming 2003 also has plenty of events and activities for students through special Late Nite activities and a host of other events including the Black Student Union fashion show and the popular Alpha Epsilon Phi Greek God contest.
For more information, visit the Homecoming 2003 website at http://homecoming.binghamton.edu/schedule.htm or call the Alumni Office at 607-777-2431.