Published: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 12:01
Wild Wild West Homecoming week kicked off with a pep rally at Chili Green’s field on Sunday evening. Windy conditions prevented students from warming up around a toasty bonfire, but that didn’t affect their school spirit. S’mores were served while attendees enjoyed performances by the pep band, cheer and dance teams. Teams participated in relay races with themed events like roping competitions and bow and arrow shooting.
Comedian Roy Wood, Jr. helped students shake off those Monday blues with a stand-up performance at Scott Conference Center. Wood provided college-related humor with topics like book buy backs and terrible roommates. Students live-tweeted their best jokes throughout the show, and winners were announced at the end.
Fan favorite, hypnotist Dr. Jim Wand returned for his 23 consecutive year. Students packed the CPACS lecture hall for a chance to see their friends twerk like Miley under the influence of Wand’s command. Participants were asked to audition for American Idol by singing their favorite song and break out their best dance moves to songs like “Ice, Ice, Baby” and “Drop it Low.”
Wand finished the show by making the participants believe that they were seeing their favorite celebrities. The hypnotized participants were star-struck over the chance to take pictures with Lady Gaga and Ryan Gosling.
Students competed in a wing eating contest Wednesday afternoon in the HPER lobby. 15 competitors feasted on free wings provided by Buffalo Wild Wings.
Wednesday’s events were rounded-out by a game of Battleship: Forging the Rive. Teams donned their best western-themed outfits while trying to sink the competition. Teams of four, equipped with buckets, attempted to flood the other teams’ canoes with water and send them to the bottom of HPER pool.
The Pep Bowl was turned into a makeshift barnyard Thursday afternoon. Sheep, llamas and mini-horses were on hand at the petting zoo to let students get up close and personal with their favorite barnyard animals.
Students gathered around the campfire for a chili and pie cook-off Thursday evening. Event goers voted for their favorite recipes with monetary donations. Proceeds from the event went to the Boys and Girls Club.
Aaron Watson and the Bryant Carter Band performed at the first Homecoming Concert in the Park at Stinson Park on Friday night. The event was open to the public and admission was free with a non-perishable donation. Over 900 items were donated to stuff the shuttle bus for the Maverick Food Pantry. The Homecoming Spirit Cup winner was announced after the concert and was awarded to Chi Omega.
Maverick sports competed in their Homecoming games on Saturday. Men’s soccer won 4-0 against Fort Wayne at 4 p.m. at Caniglia Field. Mavs Hockey faced North Dakota at 7:07 p.m. at the CenturyLink Center. The Mavericks defeated North Dakota with a final score of 4-2.
Homecoming royalty was crowned between the first and second periods of the hockey game. Thompson Learning Center scholars Jonathan Acosta and TeAnne Teamer were crowned prince and princess. Homecoming Queen went to Kelsey Pettit of Alpha Xi Delta, and Homecoming King went to Sean Robinson of Pi Kappa Alpha.