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WMU scares up a great week of homecoming activities

Oct. 21, 2005

WMU scares up another great week of Homecoming activities

Release #0506-073; Oct. 20, 2005--Contact: Jeanne Baron; (269) 387-8433

KALAMAZOO--Halloween is just around the corner, and Western Michigan University is treating the public to a week of exciting activities during its Homecoming 2005 celebration from Sunday, Oct. 23, through Saturday, Oct. 29.

The celebration, which carries the theme "Around the World in 7 Days," is a prelude to the annual homecoming football game, which this year pits the WMU Broncos against Kent State University at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Many of the other activities taking place during the week-long festivities are free and open to the public.

WMU students will be helping the community celebrate homecoming by participating in various zany contests Friday, Oct. 15, during the traditional Friday Festival. The free event will feature the soap box derby at noon on Gilkinson Avenue in front of the Sindecuse Health Center, then move to Goldsworth Valley for the Fritter Fest at 2 p.m. and Western Olympics at 3:30 p.m.

New to homecoming this year is Buster Bronco's block party, set for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, on the grounds between the Student Recreation Center and Read Fieldhouse. Those who attend will be able to meet with representatives of intercollegiate athletics and enjoy food and live music. The first 150 attendees will receive a special edition block party gift.

On game day, numerous Bronco fans will be revving up for the football contest by gathering in the corporate area of the tent village next to Waldo Stadium, while many others will gather at the Alumni Association's PepFest. Due to the possibility of cold weather on Saturday, both the PepFest and annual Campus Classic race/walk awards ceremony have been moved indoors this year to the Bernhard Center.

Additional activities taking place throughout homecoming week include:

  • The University Theatre production of "Proof" by David Auburn, which won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, at 8 p.m. from Oct. 20-22 and 27-29 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 30. in the Multiform Theatre of the Gilmore Theatre Complex.
  • Men's soccer vs. Akron at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, at the WMU Soccer Complex.
  • The Western Film Society showing of "Murderball" at 2:30 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, in the Little Theatre.
  • A free concert by the University's award-winning vocal jazz group Gold Company at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, on the Bronco Mall stage in the Bernhard Center.
  • The fourth Annual Multicultural Review, which celebrates WMU's diversity of cultures and showcases student talents in areas such as dancing, poetry and music, at 7 p.m. Monday, October 24, in the Dalton Center.
  • The "Big Movies at the Little Theatre" showing of "The Usual Suspects" at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, and Wednesday, Oct. 26, in the Little Theatre.
  • A Western Wind Quintet faculty recital at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.
  • A Stefon Harris & Blackout Convocation Series presentation at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall and a Stefon Harris & Blackout jazz concert at 8:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.
  • Alfred and Seymour's hip-hop dancing and comedy at 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Bernhard Center's East Ballroom.
  • A concert by singer/pianist Ben Folds at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, in Miller Auditorium.
  • A reception and dinner program for the Class of 1955's 50th Anniversary Reunion 30 minutes after the football game Saturday, Oct. 29, in the Bernhard Center.
  • The annual National Pan-Hellenic Council March Down at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, in Miller Auditorium.
  • Hockey vs. Ohio State University at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, in Lawson Arena.

More information about the activities taking place at WMU during homecoming week, including whether admission fees will be charged, is available by visiting the WMU Homecoming Web site at www.wmich.edu/homecoming or the Events page in WMU News.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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