The pouring rain may have dampened the UIndy campus on Homecoming day this year, but it certainly didn’t dampen the spirit of the week. Homecoming 2013 brought a week full of activities, including a UIndy day at the Indianapolis Zoo, a concert by nationally known singer-songwriter Eric Hutchinson, and an outdoor movie on Smith Mall. Students decorated their dorms with the theme of “Hounds Through the Decades,” cheerleaders got everyone pumped up at a campus-wide pep rally, and a Friday night tent party at McQ’s pub gave UIndy family and friends a chance to get together before the big game.
Tailgaters arrived early on Saturday to claim their favorite spots, while five food trucks and a cupcake vendor set up to feed the hungry fans. Departments and schools from across campus held open houses and set up information tables in Greyhound Village next to Tailgate Town. Fans made a spin-art T-shirt on the Art & Design Deparment’s potter’s wheel, helped to solve a crime thanks to the students in the Forensics at UIndy club, and received quick health tips from School of Nursing students. Community groups such as Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Greyhound Pets of America, the new Indy 11 soccer league, Bella Dog Bakery, and the nearby University Heights Preparatory Academy all set up displays and had giveaways for UIndy fans.
An increasingly popular UIndy tradition continued Saturday afternoon with the annual Homecoming Golf Cart Parade, which featured dozens of lavishly decorated floats representing residence halls and student organizations. Community groups and even the Circle City Stompers Clown Band joined in for the parade, which wrapped around campus and down a closed Hanna Avenue. Cheerleaders, the UIndy pep band, and the mascot, Indy, led the parade, with President Manuel and his wife serving as the grand marshals. And what Homecoming would be complete without a win? Game time was 6 p.m.; moments later, the rain came in sheets. But even after a rain delay, the nationally ranked Greyhound football team soundly defeated Missouri S&T, winning 34–3.
If you missed out on this year’s Homecoming, mark your calendars for October 25, 2014!