Dice are to be rolled for homecoming

Taylor Fowler, Features Editor

What happens at homecoming, stays at homecoming. Especially when Pitt-Johnstown becomes Vegas.

Homecoming events are to take place this weekend, Sept. 27 and Sept. 28 with a Las Vegas theme.

Last year, students  participated in a survey to pick a homecoming theme. Vegas won by an overwhelming majority.

“Everyone rallies behind the Vegas theme,” Greek Affairs and Housing Director Shaun Hemphill. said “We want it to be exciting and fresh.”

Hemphill said he is hopeful for a large student turnout.

New this year to the homecoming schedule is Battle of the Bands, which is to take place from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The battle is for UPJ student musicians to participate. As of Sept. 19, two bands and two disc jockeys are registered to perform.

“We’re trying to incorporate the students more and entice the student base to want to stay (for events),” Hemphill said.

Another new addition to homecoming is Casino Night, set to take place from 7-11 p.m. Saturday in the Cambria Room.

Four tables are to be set up with casino games, such as poker and roulette. The tables are to be run by dealers, and the games are to be played with fake money. However, real prizes are to be awarded to student winners.

“It gives the vibe of Vegas,” Hemphill said.

The homecoming parade is to take place at 11 a.m. Saturday. According to Hemphill seven floats were registered as of Sept. 19. The parade is to travel from Richland Cinemas along Theatre Drive to Blackington Hall.

Other campus-sponsored events include an Ice Cream Extravaganza, Friday night fireworks and the homecoming queen coronation.

Delta Chi House Manager Travis Schluep said fraternity members are to hold their annual pig roast at 1 p.m. Saturday. A whole pig is to be served along with other food options.

The pig roast is to take place at University Square near the townhouse upper parking lot. Tables and tents are to be available and the event is free to all.

Freshman Maura McGuire said she does not know what to expect from her first homecoming, but likes the Vegas theme and hopes for a lot of fun.

Senior Nikki Huber said she hopes her last homecoming has a big turnout.

“It’s exciting when everyone gets involved,” she said.