Homecoming has finally returned to Missouri Western. After a two-year hiatus due to Covid-19 complications, the busiest week of the school year is underway. The Western Activities Council (WAC) has been working around the clock to ensure that the week of October 10th-16th is packed with exciting events and activities for all students.
This year’s homecoming theme is “Stars Afar, Griffs We Are,” a tribute to the 90s. The WAC describes it as homage to “one of America’s most famous decades of entertainment while sharing knowledge and growth of Missouri Western.”
The star-studded theme kicked off on Sunday, Oct. 10, with “Night Under the Stars,” a movie showing where students gathered to watch "Space Jam: A New Legacy." The WAC described the event as a movie night “unlike any other,” and students were provided with “hot chocolate, apple cider and apple slices with caramel.”
Monday’s event is “Painting with the Zodiacs,” a Sip N’ Paint Event that takes place at 7 P.M. in Blum Union 218/219. The objective of this event is “encouraging unity in the creation of the solar system.” Student organizations will earn points based on level of engagement and quality of artwork.
On Tuesday, students will help clean up campus during the “Griffs Sweep” community service event. This partnership with The Center for Service will take place from 2-5 P.M. and offers “the chance to give back and take part in the beautification of MWSU”, according to WAC.
Tuesday evening in Blum Union 218/219 there will be a “Life Size Galaxy” game night. Starting at 7 P.M., the event will feature competitions such as “trivia, connect four, tic-tac-toe, and Giant UNO” for students to participate in.
Wednesday afternoon in the Blum Union parking lot is the “Blood Donors are Out of this World” blood drive assisting the Community Blood Center (CBC). This event will begin at 10 A.M. and will end at 4 P.M. with the goal of “collecting as many pints of blood as possible.”
Wednesday night offers students the chance to let loose with a “Gone to The Moon” silent party. Taking place in Blum 218/219 at 7 P.M., this dance party will feature multiple live DJ sets playing exclusively through headphones. With a valid Student ID, Griffons will be able to rent headphones and groove out to the DJ of their choosing.
On Thursday evening, a “Hustler’s Game Show Night” event will take place in Blum Union 218/219. Starting at 7 P.M., five students will be chosen to answer trivia questions “centered around deception and one student’s life.” Organizations can earn points by displaying school spirit in the crowd.
The Pep Rally is planned for 9 P.M. on Friday at Looney Arena. According to the WAC, the rally will “prepare students, faculty, alumni, and community members for the Homecoming game on Saturday.” There will be dance performances, skits, crowning of royalty and organization recognition featured at the event.
Homecoming Week culminates with the parade on Saturday morning. WAC describes the event as “an annual tradition that brings together the community to celebrate being a Griffon.” For those participating in the parade, lineup is at 9 A.M.
The Griffon Football team takes on Northeastern State at 4 P.M. Saturday afternoon. They will have the entire community by their side as they look to break a 3-game losing streak.
The wide array of homecoming events provides something for all students to enjoy. This week gives Griffons the chance to show off their artistic skills, trivia knowledge or simply give back to the community. Keep an eye out for other activities throughout campus, as there is no shortage of fun during Homecoming Week.