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Record numbers return, reminisce

Binghamton University caught the Mardi Gras spirit this weekend, welcoming back a record crowd of alumni and their families for a three-day Carnivale that included fireworks, a parade, music and authentic Cajun cuisine.

“It was great seeing so many alumni and their families on the campus,” said Rose Frierman, senior associate director of alumni relations. “Homecoming is a great way for alumni to renew their affiliation with Binghamton, catch up with old acquaintances and make new contacts. It’s a wonderful time for the University to celebrate our accomplishments together and take pride in our institution.”

Mardi Gras Homecoming featured a unique blend of events and activities. Festivities began Friday with the opening of a retrospective photo exhibit highlighting the work of campus photographer Evangelos Dousmanis ’03 (see Page 6 for more), leading into the Black Student Union fashion show.

On Saturday, a breakfast honored the class of 1954’s golden anniversary, which included a tour of Colonial Hall, Harpur College’s first home. Eugene Flood ’57, a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, attended the breakfast and the tour.

Saturday’s festivities also included sporting events, kids art programs and nature walks. At noon, alumni gathered on the Peace Quad to reminisce and marvel at the changes the University has undergone. Meanwhile, the Decker School of Nursing celebrated its 35th anniversary with two events during Homecoming: a special anniversary cake-cutting ceremony and a nursing alumni reception.

The “Brain Train” Homecoming Parade made its second appearance in the annual schedule. Featured were a record-number of floats (20 in all) with Mountainview’s “Jazz on Bourbon Street” creation, taking top honors. College-in-theWoods won in the “best use of theme” category with Harpur’s Ferry taking first place for the “most school spirit” category.

Following the parade, students joined alumni for Baxter’s Bayou Barbecue, attracting hundreds for food, music, the Ultimate Psychic Fair, as well as Jello wrestling.

Matt Schneider, Student Association president and a senior in the School of Management, majoring in marketing and finance, was presented the Exemplary Student Award, receiving free tuition for one semester.

Second place was awarded to Joshua Marcus, a senior economics major, who received a $500 bookstore scholarship. Tom Triebwasser, a senior majoring in electrical engineering, was third, receiving a $250 bookstore scholarship. Arel Moodie and Peggy Echt were runners-up.

In the office-decorating contest, the Office of Residential Life took top honors. The prize - coffee and doughnuts - will be delivered in the coming weeks.

On Sunday evening, student performers strutted their stuff in a variety show in which the International Flag dancers took first prize. The weekend festivities wound down in a flourish of pyrotechnics sponsored by the Student Association.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08