Boys belting out Britney Spears and showing off their best Michael Jackson moves may be one reason UNK students love homecoming.
“A lot of people love Lip Sync, and I would have to go along with that because it has the most energy and hard work put into it,” said Kyle Brandyberry, a junior criminal justice and psychology major from Howells.
Groups around campus have already begun working on floats, banners and dance moves. Soon, banners will be decorated, parade floats will be assembled and students will be battling it out across campus in the 2010 UNK Homecoming activities.
“The homecoming contests are judged by various faculty and staff around the campus,” said Heather Wolf, UNK student activities coordinator. “Loper Programming and Activities Council students recruit faculty and staff to judge for each individual event.”
Lip Sync draws a crowd every year.
“The largest attendance in addition to the parade is definitely Lip Sync,” Wolf said. “We usually have a student attendance between 1,500-2,000 students.”
“My favorite part is Lip Sync. It’s the most exciting and everyone has a great time, because it’s funny,” said Nathan Holmes, a junior business management major from Grand Island.
“I think the great thing about homecoming, in addition to the school pride, is the activities that are incorporated into the week spark interests in different students,” Wolf said. “Some may enjoy being outgoing and loud, and their favorite is Lip Sync. Others enjoy using their knowledge, and their favorite is Battle of the Brains. The events are able to incorporate all different types of students.”
The winner of the homecoming parade student float and overall homecoming competition winners will be announced during halftime of the UNK football game on Oct. 2.
The top three groups in each competition receive trophies, and the overall top three groups for the entire homecoming receive grand trophies and bragging rights.
“Students begin working on homecoming events the second they get to campus,” Wolf said.
Brandyberry agrees homecoming is important to students.
“The time and effort that go into the events is impressive,” said Brandyberry, a community adviser for Martin. “We have split up into Homecoming committees, but it’s top secret and the only thing I can tell you is Martin-Conrad is going to win.”