Homecoming on the Hilltop

By Claire Piepenburg

Hey there, Perspective Ponies!

What a wonderful weekend we’ve had on the Hilltop! This weekend was the culmination of a week-long event…Homecoming!

The theme this year was “Homecoming for the Holidays”, presented by Student Foundation. For starters, student organizations painted wooden Perunas that were displayed on the main lawn. One Peruna wore antlers for Christmas, another was decked out in gold and green for St. Patrick’s Day – every holiday you could imagine was there: Valentine’s Day, Cinco de Mayo and of course, Texas Independence Day! Colorful, creative banners for each group were also displayed on the main floor of Hughes Trigg.

Next, the students decorated the store windows of nearby businesses up and down Hillcrest and Mockingbird. They also competed in a Field Day event to try and score even more points for their organization!

We had our annual donation drive for student giving, put on by the Union, called “Gve It Up” where the organization with the greatest percentage of participation wins $1,000. Multiple organizations had 100% participation! Another kind of giving was also going on – buses were parked at the flagpole all week to take blood donations from students!

On Saturday, we celebrated Homecoming with a good, old-fashioned parade. All the student organizations had float entries with their queen and king candidates seated atop.  President Turner, notable alums like Blake Mycoskie, local civic leaders, and the Mustang Band all rode in the parade that ran around campus and eventually back up the Boulevard. Sudents, families and alums all gathered on the Boulevard to enjoy all the excitement and festivities Homecoming had to offer!

The final celebration came when the SMU ‘Stangs stomped conference rival Memphis with a final score of 44-13! It’s always a great time to be a Mustang, but this weekend was especially sweet.

Have a great week and Pony Up!

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