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There's no crying at Homecoming! ...Or is there?
Story by Sara Wesselmann, UNI University Relations online magazine and public relations assistant
The University of Northern Iowa jumped into its 89th Homecoming celebration, themed "Let the Good Times Roar," with some long-lasting university traditions.
Officially kicking off Homecoming week with the Panther Pride Cry event on Wednesday, Oct. 20, UNI's spirit squads, pep band, faculty, staff and students showed their passion for purple with song and dance.
"I think Pride Cry is a great tradition," said Connie Hansen, assistant alumni director for programming for Alumni Relations. "From the purple and gold outfits to the chants, cheers, skits and songs, it's always fun to see how creative our students can be. With a different Homecoming theme each year, it's great to see how they incorporate the theme into their performances."
"This event is crazy!" said senior Jared Friedman, a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. "Panther Pride Cry really sets a positive mood for the rest of Homecoming week."
Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) and Alpha Xi Delta sorority took the first place spot in this year's Panther Pride Cry with their skit based on the MTV show "Jersey Shore."
Friedman said SAE chose to feature "Jersey Shore" because they wanted to do something current and funny. They figured if MSNBC and CNN report on "Jersey Shore," then most people would be familiar with it.
"SAE looks forward to this every year," said Friedman. "When you win, you have bragging rights for the rest of the year. As a senior, it was awesome to take home first place on my last Homecoming at UNI."
Emma Hashman, student body vice president, Kay Weller, associate professor of geography, and Tabitha Cruz, program coordinator for the Center for Multicultural Education, judged Pride Cry. The trio focused on how well groups incorporated the Homecoming theme and how much school spirit they showed.