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    A Homecoming Tradition Parades Across Campus

    As a yearly tradition, the 2007 Wolfstock Homecoming Parade featured floats from residential quads as well as from clubs and organizations. Originally rained out this past Friday evening, the SB Homecoming Parade enjoyed a large following the next day from student participants and onlookers, members of the student body, alumni, faculty, and staff. The rescheduled Homecoming Parade held just prior to the annual Homecoming Day football game not only drew a sizable crowd, but also captured the hearts and minds of the SB community. A brief glance at the parade floats made certain this year’s homecoming theme: ‘Rockin’ and Rollin’: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence.’ Students who built these floats as well as those who just came to see the finished products had lots to say about their ideas and gave their overall impression of the competition. A group of ‘Rockin’ and Rollin” Flintstones made up the Tabler Quad parade float. Marco Riccoboni, one of the students who conceived the idea for the Table Quad float, took on the role of Fred Flinstone for the day. He commented, ‘We had about 40 people working [on the float] this past week.’ The float from Mendelsohn Quad consisted of students primarily from the Department of Information and Technology Studies (ITS). According to several Mendelsohn Quad residents, their idea dwelled upon representing ‘music throughout the years’ as demonstrated by the wide array of sound equipment seen in the background design of the float. Sierra Jordan and Miriam Sainte, both second year students and residents of Mendelsohn Quad, also echoed Riccoboni’s comment on the time taken to put their float together, ‘We used any free time we had, sometimes until 6 AM, between classes’hellip;’ Roth Quad, in addition to its float, brought an entire dance crew that performed to various tunes before the start of the parade. Nick Malitsis, project coordinator for the Roth Quad float, spoke on behalf of the Quad. Roth’s focus, he said was, ‘SB celebrating 50 years through song and dance, through the sixties, seventies, eighties, nineties, and two-thousands.’ Shynae Davis, a second year student and supporter of Roth Quad’s float, commented on the many ‘Madonnas’ present in the Roth Quad Dance Crew. With lots of laughs, third year student, Melissa Prudhofme evaluated Roth’s competition. She said, ‘There’s no worst float. They all look nice. But none of the others compare to Roth.’ Another float present represented the joint effort of the SB Chapters of Alpha Phi Delta, a fraternity, and Theta Phi Alpha, a sorority. One onlooker, Richard Chan, an alumnus from the Class of 2006 commented on the energy of the students who came to support the only Fraternity or Sorority sponsored float at the event. Chan said, ‘They’re crazy.’ He continued, ‘Really loud, with their wolfie and entire band imitating KISS’hellip; [Their float’s] like a giant mosh pit.’ To such a comment, Mike Krivyan, president of Alpha-Phi-Delta, laughed. He said, ‘We do get a lot of energy going.’ Krivyan also said, ‘It took us a long time, almost two weeks to finish [our float].’ Stephanie Leonette, a 4th year student from Theta-Phi-Alpha, stated ‘We have been preparing and saving [money] since the beginning of the semester.’ Not to be outdone, Roosevelt Quad, led by student Kwame Opam, came to the Homecoming Parade with a Grease themed float. Other students and alumni at the event gave their comments as well. Two alumni from the Class of 2005, Janice and Melissa, thought the Flintstone idea from Tabler Quad was very creative and had cute costumes. Both Janice and Melissa thought the I-CON float did not go with this year’s theme, with no red. They called it, ‘Boring.’ Students Aditya Agarwal, Prerna Mehta, and Krushikesh Bhatt, all freshmen, commented on Roth Quad’s creativity, but disliked Roosevelt’s lack of liveliness. Keven Eng, a senior, also liked the Flintstone float but soured at the thought of the I-CON float. When asked which float was truly the best, students were hesitant to name a winner. Both Jordan and Sainte stated, ‘It’s not really a competition.’ They agreed with each other before continuing, ‘All of them [the floats] are great, [each] with a different creative touch.’ Sarah Kantharia contributed reporting.

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