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Homecoming features lectures, parade

By : Ryan Yarosh

Chris Motley, a senior from Queens, and Sandi Dube, a junior from Fair Lawn, N.J., hang banners Oct. 9 for the residence
Hundreds of alumni are expected to participate in this week’s Homecoming events. The schedule features a parade and barbecue, activities for children and several panel discussions featuring prominent alumni.

Among the highlights:
•Paul Rusesabagina, the hero of the Rwandan genocide immortalized by Don Cheadle in the film Hotel Rwanda, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, in the Events Center. Rusesabagina’s speech, titled “Hotel Rwanda: A lesson Yet to be Learned,” will touch on the events of the 1994 genocide, the political climate in Africa and the international response to the current crisis in Darfur, Sudan.

Tickets for the presentation are on sale at the University Union’s Tillman box office, the Events Center box office or online by visiting •?The Graduate School will celebrate its 25th anniversary at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, with a reception and recognition ceremony in the Susquehanna Room.

•?Dieter Binder, an expert on looted art, will present “The Long Shadow of National Socialism: Austria’s Struggle with the Restitution of Looted Art” at 3 p.m. Saturday in FA-Casadesus Recital Hall. His talk is free and open to the public. Binder was a mediator in the case of Altmann vs. the Republic of Austria, which led to the recent restitution of several Klimt paintings. The paintings, from the collection of Ferdinand and Adele Bloch Bauer, have been restored to their owners and are now being exhibited in New York City. Binder also has a special Binghamton connection. He taught courses on Austrian cultural history in the University’s study abroad program at the University of Graz from l979-l992.

•?Students, faculty and staff in the Decker School of Nursing will hold a SimBaby shower at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, in the Innovative Practice Center on the second floor of Academic Building B. The event will celebrate the arrival of the latest simulated mannequin available to nursing students.

•?The popular “Brain Train” parade will kick off at 3 p.m. Saturday and make its way around the campus’ main roadway — the “Brain” — leading into the Peace Quad. Featuring floats representing campus community groups, alumni classes and residential communities, the Brain Train will also include the finalists for the Exemplary Student Award.

At 4 p.m., Baxter’s barbecue kicks into high gear when students join alumni for late-afternoon snacks. The winner of the Exemplary Student Award will be announced around 4:30 p.m.

•?The weekend will conclude at 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, with a fireworks display sponsored by Campus Life and the Student Association.

Homecoming 2006 also has plenty of activities for students through Late Nite and a host of other events, including the Black Student Union fashion show on Friday night and the popular Alpha Epsilon Phi Greek God contest on Saturday night.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08