SRU readies for 'Haunted Homecoming'
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - With Slippery Rock University's annual homecoming falling the weekend before Halloween, the planning committee has selected a "Haunted Homecoming" as this year's theme and is planning a week's worth of pre-event activities to boost excitement.
The annual parade from Slippery Rock's Giant Eagle Parking Lot through the downtown to campus is 10 a.m., Oct. 23. Marsha Jenkins, the 1960 homecoming queen, will be the honorary parade marshal.
The homecoming football game pits SRU against Lock Haven at 2 p.m., Oct. 23, in N. Kerr Thompson Stadium. The homecoming king and queen will be announced at halftime.
Festivities for the week get under way Oct. 17 with the traditional "Paint the Town" event in which SRU students and campus organizations paint theme-appropriate murals on display windows of downtown businesses.
Chris Young and Chris Higbee will perform in concert at 7 p.m., Oct. 18 in the University Union. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for SRU students.
SRU students can make a stuffed animal during "Stuff-A-Plush" from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 19 in the University Union. The annual "Empty Bowls Dinner," designed to raise awareness of local, national and world hunger issues, is from 4-7 p.m. Oct. 19 in the University Union. Tickets are $8 for the general public and $6 for SRU students. Proceeds benefit the local Feed My Sheep Food Cupboard.
Other SRU sports events for the week are a women's soccer game against Indiana University of Pennsylvania at 3 p.m., Oct. 19, on Jim Egli Soccer Field; a field hockey game against Shippensburg at 4 p.m., Oct. 20, and a field hockey game against Mercyhurst College at 10 a.m., Oct. 24. Both field hockey games will be played on the Pat Zimmerman Hockey Field.
The campus is urged to wear SRU's colors, green and white, throughout the week, but especially on "Green and White Friday" marked Oct. 22.
A "Haunted Homecoming House" will be set up in front of Watson Hall from 7-10 p.m., Oct. 20, and the feature film "Salt" will be shown at 7 p.m., Oct. 21, in the University Union. "Condom Bingo" will be played at 7 p.m., Oct. 21, in Watson Hall.
The traditional Homecoming Pep Rally begins at 5 p.m., Oct. 22, with food and activities, followed by a rally on Old Thompson Field, featuring the SRU Marching Pride, directed by James Berry, assistant professor of music; football coaches and players; the SRU cheerleaders; and others. A bonfire and fireworks are part of the festivities. SRU's Black Action Society will follow up with a 10 p.m. Homecoming Party in the University Union.
The SGA Bookstore will offer 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. hours Oct. 23, featuring 20 percent off all SRU-insignia merchandise.
The Slippery Rock University Alumni Association dedicates the William Alan Methven Memorial Bench outside the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center at 11 a.m., Oct. 24. The bench, a gift from fellow-1960 classmates of Methven, honors the SRU wrestler who died of injuries sustained in a match during his senior year on the squad.