By Erica Tropp
Maryland alumni are ready to come back to campus and remember their glory days as Terps for this year’s homecoming, aptly dubbed “Remember the Red.”
Alumnus Benjamin Gonson, 53, is excited to see his fraternity brothers, tailgate parties and get reacquainted with being a Terp. “It’s just a nice experience to go back and relive my Terp days, 30 years later,” said Gonson.
Back in the day, Gonson was a member of the Theta Chi fraternity.
The homecoming committee has been working hard to make sure this week is as great as it could be, and they have a multitude of events planned.
“[The homecoming committee] is hosting an a cappella showcase on Monday in the chapel, a service project on Tuesday in the atrium of Stamp, a ‘Terps Best Dressed’ campaign on our Facebook page, a banner decorating contest, the pre-party and pep rally on Friday on McKeldin Mall and a tailgate contest on Saturday,” said Ashley Venneman, the homecoming committee advisor.
Other organizations on campus are also hosting events for homecoming, including a “Dance Through the Decades” event on Tuesday hosted by Campus Recreation Services and a comedy show starring Jim Gaffigan on Thursday hosted by Student Entertainment Events.
The committee is extremely dedicated to this week and continuing traditions that help us “Remember the Red.”
“I want to emphasize old traditions and create new traditions that would last past my graduation and past my children’s graduation,” said homecoming committee President Daniela Nevo. “I think the importance of the tradition should be of value to everyone, and everyone should want to be involved in creating history, not only academically, but through tradition.”
“I am glad to be part of an organization that focuses on bringing our campus together and to be a part of events that are Maryland tradition,” said Amber Adams, the homecoming committee’s athletic liaison.
Greek Life is celebrating homecoming the way it always does: through friendly competition. Fraternities and sororities are paired up and have been practicing skits, creating banners and preparing for athletics over the past few weeks.
“Our chapter has been working tirelessly over the past two or so weeks, learning dances and getting to know our matchups,” said Phi Sigma Sigma’s homecoming chair, senior Katie Myers. “We’re all really excited for things to get going so we can show everyone what we’ve been working on!”
Athletic competitions occurred on Sunday, Oct. 20. Olympic races, such as an egg relay and a slip-n-slide race, went on Monday afternoon. Performances of skits are on Wednesday evening.
Aside from the usual homecoming competitions and festivities, Greek life is celebrating its centennial at Maryland this year. A multitude of activities are scheduled for Greek alumni over the course of the weekend of Oct. 25, including a pep rally at McKeldin Mall, a leadership celebration at Cole Field House, a Greek centennial leadership brunch at University House and alumni brunches at chapter houses.