Pacific takes a turn to bring back a traditional homecoming for students and community. With the fall of 2000 being the last homecoming for Pacific, student represenatives and staff rally to put together a weekend full of events.
Starting on Oct. 22nd, a series of weekend events will precede and follow after the football game on Saturday at 1:30pm. The Noise Parade and Bonfire & Rally will kick off on Friday, Oct. 22nd at 9 p.m. The parade will begin at the Abbott House (located on 2043 College Way) and take an extensive course through Forest Grove.
“The Noise Parade is Pacific’s loudest tradition if not the longest-running,” said pacificu.edu/homecoming.
“There will be walkers, bikers and floats participating in the Noise Parade. We are hoping for more Pacific Students and groups on campus, as well as community members and businesses, to get involved with the parade this year; it is open to anyone who wants to join,” said Steve Klein, Director University Center & Student Activities. The deadline was Oct. 17th, but if you talk to Klein, there can be accommodations made for late-comers.
The Bonfire will begin right after the parade (around 9:45 p.m.). It will be held at Tom Reynolds Field (located west of the Holce Tennis Courts on College Way).
“There will be a 20×20 foot fire pit dug in Tom Reynolds Field,” said Klein.
“Student Athletic Advisory Council (SAAC) will be providing warm beverages for those who attend the bonfire,” said Blaise Holden, a student representative aiding in homecoming planning.
The Bonfire and Rally is being sponsored by Pacific’s Greek Senate.
Following Friday’s events, there will be Boxer Nation Celebration that will feature the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies for the entertainment.
“Their genre is Ska, which is an amped up version of reggae music and a retro-swing sound as well,” said Klein. “They have played at Pacific three different times, and were the second band to play in the Milky Way,” said Klein.
“There will be a barbeque dinner held at 6 p.m. and the concert will take place under the Holce Tennis Courts with a cash bar and live music by the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies at 7:30 p.m.,” said Klein.
“Students with meal plans can use their meal credit to pay for meals during Homecoming & Family Weekend. The use of a meal card for a Homecoming meal means forfeiting the regular meal offered in the dining commons at that time. Students who are not on the meal plan may attend at a reduced rate,” said pacificu.edu/homecoming.
Off campus students only pay $5 for the dinner and it is $20 for Alumni and others who would like to attend.
“Although the sign-ups for the dinner have passed, late sign-ups will have to contact Bethany Bigelow in the Boxer Bistro,” said Klein.
“The Boxer Nation Celebration is an event that is for Forest Grove, Pacific Alumni, Students and staff to have a good time after the football game. Take a risk, step up and have fun,” said Klein.