Let the Southern Games begin: Homecoming events and changes

Erin McGuiness

May the odds be ever in your favor at The Southern Games during Georgia Southern’s 2016 Homecoming week, filled with daily events and activities put on by the University Programming Board.

This year’s Homecoming events include Paint the Campus Blue, GSU idol, the Doo-Dah dance and step competition, a homecoming parade through campus and the crowning of King and Queen at the Thursday Homecoming football game.

There are several changes to this year’s Homecoming, including royalty voting taking place the week before Homecoming, the announcement of the Homecoming Duke and Duchess to take place at Doo-Dah, a Thursday parade and the implementation of a Grand Marshall for the parade.

The Grand Marshall, a parade honor that hasn’t been used in over a decade, will be President Hebert.

Another change to Homecoming is that Greek organizations are no longer allowed to run for royalty together.

“Over the last several years, we’ve received consistent feedback from individual students and members of student organizations that have felt discouraged when it comes to participating in Homecoming competitions,” Memory Littles, assistant director of the Office of Student Activities, said.

Littles said that the long-term goal for Homecoming is to encourage participation among the student body and amplify cross-collaboration among all student organizations.

“I like the change about Greek life because it makes it more fair,” Samantha Urbaniak, sophomore family services major, said. “I feel like some organizations can be left out, so these changes make all student organizations [have] an equal chance.”