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Pony up for the Wild, Wild West show
Nathan Blaha
Antelope Staff
Photo by Kevin Whetstone
Members of the Alpha Phi Omega sorority concentrate on their dance steps with members of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. The two houses are working together to come up with a routine for next weeks lip-sync competition. The competition will be held on Thursday, Oct. 15 in the main gym of the Health and Sports Center at 7 p.m.

Pony up for the Wild, Wild West, this year’s theme for the homecoming festivities, Oct. 12 to Oct. 17.  

“We’ve been talking about homecoming since school started,” said Sara Sindt, a sophomore Alpha Phi pre-nursing major from Alma.  

Across the campus, Greeks have been planning their homecoming strategy with enthusiasm.

“My fraternity is really looking forward to this year’s homecoming festivities. We are excited to compete against the other Greek houses and the rest of campus,” said Morrill Sigma Phi Epsilon  freshman Kasey Deitz, a business management major from Scottsbluff.

 “Homecoming is really a lot of work to plan, so this year I have been preparing and planning since I learned what the theme was,” said junior Gamma Phi Beta criminal justice major Alisha Harrington from Omaha.  

The week kicks off with a Deck the Halls window display on Monday, Oct. 12. This competition will take the place of the usual banner competition, and each team will be assigned one window on campus.  

The spirit competition will be judged Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 4 p.m.  This is a one minute cheer competition judged on originality, enthusiasm and crowd response and promotion of the theme.

“The spirit competition is an important competition that we overlooked last year. We learned our lesson and hope to win this year,” said sophomore Shad Cooney, a Pi Kappa Alpha from Ogallala majoring in construction management.  

On Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 3:30 p.m., students will show off their smarts in the battle of the brains, a quiz bowl between teams of six players, each battling over many different topics.

Many of the homecoming participants consider lip-sync the highlight of the week of competition.  “I think that lip-sync is the most important event during homecoming week because it takes the most preparation, and it is the event that everyone looks forward to,” Sindt said.  

Harrington agrees, “Lip-sync has always been the most important event in the Gamma Phi house.  I think it is because we always have so much fun together coming up with the routine, and practicing is always an interesting event.”

Teams of four people, two of each sex who will race around an obstacle course The trike race on Friday, Oct. 16 at 4 p.m. at the Bell Tower Plaza.  The week wraps up Saturday, Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. with the parade. Each team will end the week by entering a float into the parade.  “Hands down, the float at the parade on Saturday is the most important part of homecoming,” Deitz said.

While the competition can get stiff during homecoming week, students are out to show their school spirit and build new friendships.  “I had a great time doing homecoming last year.  We were paired with the PIKES and Sig Taus, and I think we really created some great friendships through working with one another during homecoming week,” Harrington said.  

“Homecoming week will definitely be a challenge," Sindt said, "but I think we can have a really good turnout and show our Loper pride.”


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