By Elishah Ramos
Here at SMU we’re always looking to show off our talents and gifts no matter what our academic disciplines are. A great way to do that on Homecoming weekend is through our annual Pigskin Revue. What started in 1933 has become a highly anticipated tradition for homecoming weekend. After presenting my free ticket I received the program as well as a wristband with the word “tradition” on it. Without thinking much of it I put it on and went to go find my seat along with my friends.
The theme this year was “Holidaze” in accordance with the general homecoming holiday theme. As the Mustang Band played their first song I was engaged and immediately drawn in. Shortly after, we were honored to see a performance by the Southern Gentlemen, the male a cappella group on campus. They were flawless both through their music and their jokes; they performed a wonderful rendition of Simon and Garfunkel’s Sound of Silence, as well as R. Kelly’s Ignition – an interesting mash-up, I know, but the Gentlemen make it work. As if that wasn’t enough, we were also able to experience a blast of soul in Kamica King’s interpretation of Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together accompanied by Pigskin’s official singers of the night. Later on those same singers really got to display their talent as Charles Karanja sang Coldplay’s Fix You, while two dancers gracefully moved throughout the stage. Having the SMU Belle Tones, the female a cappella group on campus, perform Fun’s Some Nights was yet another treat for us! But amazing musical performances were not the only thing to make the night at Pigskin. A very memorable act was the magic brought by SMU alumnus Trigg Watson ’12, who left us wondering how he kept putting water in his seemingly empty bucket – which he called his own SMU fountain – without moving at all. Trigg has always been quite a character here on campus, even if it was just seeing him going to and fro on his unicycle, but his performances never cease to amaze us.
Filled with amazing talent by our student body, Pigskin Revue’s music, magic, and other comical skits wowed the crowds. To end the night the SMU Cheer and Pom Squad showed up with our beloved Peruna and pumped everyone up with a pep rally. As is customary the final and dismissive moment was when we all Ponied Up with the red “tradition” wristbands and sang The Varsity, our alma mater. Pigskin Revue was definitely a place to be for homecoming weekend, with studenta already waiting in anticipation for next year’s event.