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Homecoming 2003
BU alumni, students connect at Hot Hula

By : Gail Glover

Showcased by three days of colorful fall foliage, Binghamton University last weekend welcomed back alumni and their families with food, fireworks, Broadway tunes, theater and a gigantic slab of Hawaiian heat.

Themed "Hot Hula," Homecoming featured a unique blend of events and activities - providing something for everyone. Festivities began Thursday with a performance by comedian Tommy Davidson leading into a Black Student Union fashion show on Friday. On Saturday, a breakfast was held to honor the class of 1953’s golden anniversary. Harold Hornyak ’53 traveled from Phoenix to attend the breakfast. “The campus is different but it’s great to be back,” he said. “It’s very impressive after 50 years!”

With the theme of Hot Hula, Homecoming’s Hawaiian events incl a uded a hula perform aance and luau in the Peace Quad.
Saturday festivities included sporting events, kids art programs and nature walks.

The “Brain Train” Homecoming Parade made its debut this year. The parade featured 20 floats including Mountainview’s tiki bar creation, which was awarded first place. Following the parade, festivities spilled into the Peace Quad for Baxter’s Village Luau, attracting hundreds of alumni, students, faculty and staff for food, music, hula dancing and spaghetti wrestling. Jo-Anne O’ Selmo ’04 marched in the parade with her sorority Delta Sigma Theta and then enjoyed some of the cultural tabling activities at the luau. “Binghamton is definitely trying to increase school spirit and show the diversity of different cultural groups,”

Students make a mess participating in Saturday’s spaghetti wrestling in the Peace Quad.
she said. Maria Pendolino, a senior majoring in English and theatre, was presented the exemplary student award, receiving a $2,175 scholarship, sponsored by the BU Alumni Association and the BU Foundation, and a special plaque.

Second place was awarded to Robert Swan, a senior majoring in biochemistry. Ravi Gupta, a junior majoring in science and public policy through the Innovative Major Program, and Lindsey Krecko, a senior majoring in psychobiology with a concentration in evolutionary studies, tied for third place.

The weekend ended with a variety show and fireworks. Paul Bernstein ’78 said he enjoyed returning to campus. “It’s fun being back,” he said. “It’s been a great weekend.”

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Last Updated: 10/14/08