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California Lutheran University's Student Newspaper Since 1961

The Echo

California Lutheran University's Student Newspaper Since 1961

The Echo

    Homecoming weekend a campus favorite

    It’s that time of year again. Homecoming is next week, Oct. 18-20, and the school is beginning to buzz with anticipation for the weekend.  The weekend is full of activities for students, alumni and parents.

    Student Life has been busy getting the activities together, some of which are new this year.

    Oct. 17 from 12-2 p.m. the CLU community will be celebrating Enormous Luther’s 27th birthday.

    According to the Student Life office, Enormous Luther, or Gumby as it is affectionately known, was dedicated to CLU by the first graduating class in October of 1988. Come by the Falde Plaza, located outside of Pearson Library, and help celebrate the big guy’s birthday.

    Purple and Gold Friday is new to the homecoming festivities. Students who are seen wearing purple and gold will win prizes from Student Life. This is happening all day on Oct. 18.

    Senior Ben Melano from the Student Life office shared some of the most anticipated events for this year’s homecoming.

    “We will have a family-friendly hypnotist come and entertain the students, ” Melano said.

    The hypnotist will perform on Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Preus-Brandt Forum.

    “We are also excited in hosting the halftime show during the game where the cheerleaders, CLU Dance Team and H2O will perform,” Melano said.

    The Spirit Tent is a chance to tailgate and mingle with alumni and friends before the CLU football team takes on Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at 1 p.m. on Oct. 19 in the William Rolland Stadium. Come to eat, cheer on CLU football and show some school spirit from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

    Eric Kagan, a senior on the football team, is excited for the game to get underway. Because this is his last homecoming, he hopes the team will play a great game.

    “The best part about homecoming weekend is the football alumni that come back to support us,” Kagan said. “It’s really fun having the alumni stand on the sidelines and cheer us on.”

    The homecoming carnival put on by ASCLU-G Programs Board gives students, families, faculty, staff, alumni and friends the chance to play games, enjoy carnival rides and eat copious amounts of food from various vendors of Ventura County.

    “It’s honestly my favorite part of homecoming weekend,” senior Rebecca Wilder said. “I love hanging out outside with my friends and enjoying the carnival atmosphere.”

    Make sure to come out during homecoming weekend and show your CLU pride. Dress in purple and gold and cheer on the football team. It’s sure to be a fun, eventful weekend.

    For a full list of activities, visit/alumni/homecoming.


    Sarah DeLaGarrigue
    Staff Writer
    Published Oct. 16, 2013