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Homecoming kicks off week of celebration, remembrance


   

The Virginia Tech mascot wears a crown. The HokieBird takes the field at Lane Stadium to celebrate Virginia Tech’s 2012 Homecoming.

BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 30, 2013 – The 87th annual Virginia Tech Homecoming is underway with a host of activities to commemorate another rewarding year.

Voting for the 2013 King and Queen begins today at 10 a.m. The court consists of 15 students active in organizations across the university — fraternities and sororities, residential colleges, and student alliances all make appearances. Voting for King and Queen ends Oct. 3, at 11 p.m.

Several highly anticipated acts are scheduled to perform throughout the week. Today at 7 p.m., hypnotist Jim Wand will hypnotize the homecoming court. The event, sponsored by the Homecoming Board, takes place in Squires Student Center Commonwealth Ballroom. Admission is free.

On Oct. 1, recording artists J. Cole and Wale will take the stage in Burruss Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.. The admission fee is $30 for students with a Virginia Tech Hokie Passport and $40 for general public. The Black Student Alliance is sponsoring the event.

The entertainment continues Oct. 3, with Laugh Riot featuring television star and stand-up comedian Aziz Ansari. Also held in Burruss, the doors open at 6:30 p.m. with an admission fee of $25 for students with a Virginia Tech Hokie Passport and $45 for general public. The Virginia Tech Union is sponsoring the event.

During homecoming week, Relay For Life will sponsor Donate for a Date with the Homecoming Court on Oct. 2. The auction begins at 7 p.m. in the Commonwealth Ballroom of Squires Student Center. Tickets are $5.

The tradition of the Ranger Company Game Ball Run will continue this year. Members of Ranger Company can be spotted around campus running the game ball for 100 miles during the week of the homecoming football game. On Oct. 4, civilians are invited to meet at the Pylons every half hour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to catch a close-up view of the game ball. Ranger Company will end the run with a stop at the Homecoming Traditions Spirit Rally, held this year on the Graduate Life Center lawn at 6 p.m., before running the ball into Lane Stadium. The rally will be free to attend and is sponsored by the Student Alumni Associates.

Events on Oct. 4 will conclude with the Dr. Zenobia L. Hikes Memorial Stepshow in the Squires Commonwealth Ballroom. The admission fee is $5 for fraternity and sorority members and $7 for the general public. The event is sponsored by the National Pan-Hellenic Council. An official after party will follow the stepshow in the Squires Old Dominion Ballroom.

The 2013 Homecoming King and Queen will be announced at half-time of the Virginia Tech versus University of North Carolina football game, scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5. All are welcome to participate in the annual VT Homecoming Parade prior to the game. The parade begins at 9 a.m. and proceed down Main Street to the Alumni Mall. The Homecoming Board is sponsoring the event.

Game day wraps up with the Homecoming Dance, to be held in Squires Old Dominion Ballroom from 8 to 11 p.m. The dance is free and all guests are welcome with a Virginia Tech Hokie Passport. The Residence Hall Federation is sponsoring the event.

Homecoming week will end on a note of remembrance on Sunday, Oct. 6. All are invited to participate in the University Bookstore Homecoming 5K in honor of Officer Deriek Crouse. Participants can choose to do the 1.52-mile Memorial Run at 9:15 a.m. or the University Bookstore Homecoming 5K Run/Walk at 10 a.m. on the Virginia Tech campus. Proceeds from the run will benefit Rec Sports student scholarships and Concerns of Police Survivors for fallen officer’s families (C.O.P.S.). For registration, visit the Rec Sports homecoming page.

For more information on the 87th annual Homecoming or any of the scheduled events, visit the official Virginia Tech Homecoming site.

The Division of Student Affairs at Virginia Tech encompasses departments dedicated to providing a rich co-curricular experience and essential student services. Virtually every aspect of a student's life outside the classroom is represented through the division's departments.

Written by Drew Knapp.