Homecoming week

From Oct. 6 to Oct. 11, UTSA celebrated its 2014 Homecoming Week. The university and its student organizations hosted countless events to pay homage to the university’s alumni.

On Oct. 6, the Student Black Leadership Council, Youth Behind Movement and Men of Honor hosted “Wild ’N’ Out” in the University Center Retama Auditorium at 8:30 p.m. The show was a parody of Nick Cannon’s MTV2 sketch comedy and improvisation television series. UTSA’s Blue Team and Black Team battled head to head in games such as “Family Reunion” and “How Fly is He.”

The lovely “Wild ‘N’ Out” girls kept the crowd pumped, and episodes from the UTSA exclusive web series “Real Boyfriends of UTSA” were shown. The night ended with laughter, a victory by the Blue Team and live performances from the Black Student Union Dance Team and student Walter Moten.

On Oct. 7, the Roadrunners Live annual homecoming talent show kicked off in the Convocation Center at 8:30 p.m. with dancing, singing and comedy for a night packed with enjoyment.

The judges’ table consisted of members from the homecoming court, including Korede Osifuwa and Jerome Scott, as well as executive board members from student organizations, such as Christian Kenney from the Student Government Association. More than 10 student organizations competed, but the Filipino Student Association took home first place, followed by Phi Beta Sigma Incorporated and the Black Student Union Dance Team.

Wednesday, Oct 8. was full of laughs as Dormtainment’s stand-up comedy show in the H.E.B University Center Ballroom started at 8:30 p.m. This night was full of barbershop humor, campus-life jokes and side-splitting punch lines.

The crowd then shifted to the UC Paseo for the monthly Hump Day, hosted by the National Pan-Hellenic Council. Greek organizations, such as the Alpha Delta Lambda chapter of Omega Psi Phi Inc. and the Upsilon Nu chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Inc., showed off their best struts and pumped up the crowd for this weekend’s homecoming parties.

Thursday, Oct. 9, The Student Government Association hosted the 2014 Homecoming Golf Cart Decorating Party, carrying on a longstanding UTSA tradition. The Decorating Party began at 8:00 p.m. on the UC Lawn, with free pizza, cart decorators, music and the opportunity to participate in a great UTSA Homecoming tradition. The winner of the contest was Gamma Phi Beta sorority.

On Oct. 10, Roadrunner Productions, formerly known as the Campus Activities Board, hosted the 36th annual BestFest celebration, which began in the 1970s as a celebration of the best festivals from across Texas including Wurstfest in New Braunfels, Buccaneer Days in Corpus Christi, Fiesta in San Antonio, Dallas’ Texas State Fair and George Washington’s Birthday Celebration in Laredo.

BestFest began at 4:30 p.m. in the Convocation Center parking lot. Student organizations sold everything from food and T-shirts to buttons and the opportunity to pie fellow peers in the face. The proceeds went towards organization expenses and philanthropies. Booth decorations demonstrated each organization’s creativity and continued this year’s “Turn the Page” theme.

There was food, carnival rides and music performances from The Voice Season 4 finalist, Holly Tucker, and American Idol winner, Kris Allen. This event earned major thumbs up from UTSA students, alumni, family, friends and community members.

Oct. 11 – game day! Tailgating began that morning and came in all shapes and sizes. Two huge parking lots set aside for tailgating were inhabited by student organizations with DJs, barbecue and margarita machines, t-shirt tents and breakfast tacos. Kickoff at the Alamodome began at 6 p.m., and the stadium was filled with orange and blue.

During the half-time show Mr. and Ms. UTSA royalties were crowned. Congratulations to Carl Willis and Ileana Gonzalez. The Roadrunners fought hard, winning the game 16-13.

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