As NC State fans gear up for the Homecoming football game against Virginia this Saturday, the student body is showing their excitement by participating in creative events like the spirit banner competition and the residence hall competition hosted by the Alumni Association and the Inter-Residence Council (IRC).
At noon today, seventeen student organizations revealed banners that incorporated images and messages geared toward this year’s homecoming theme: “A Wolfpack State of Mind” and NC State’s 125th anniversary celebration.
The designs created by the various student groups were kept a secret until they were hung around campus. Groups had the option of choosing where they wanted to hang their banners and some of the locations include Witherspoon Student Center, various academic buildings, residence halls and fraternity and sorority houses.
“This year’s theme is a ‘Wolfpack State of Mind’ so I expect to see lots of NC State icons throughout the decades,” says Taylor York, a junior from Westfield, N.C. who is the Spirit Chair for the Homecoming Committee and a student ambassador for the Alumni Association.
At the end of the week, York and a panel of judges comprised of faculty, Alumni Association staff and a few alumni will decide which group has the most impressive spirit banner.
The organizations will gain points toward the overall spirit competition and the participants will be recognized during the third quarter at the football game on Saturday. The top three banners will be displayed at Carter-Finley Stadium.
To go along with the spirit banner competition, IRC also started off the week with an artistic competition for students living on campus. As a way to encourage students to participate in homecoming events through the week, all twenty of the hall councils in residence halls, as well as the hall council in Wolf Village apartments, were given homecoming decorating kits.
“Each hall council and residents should be decorating a common space in their residence hall,” says Wesley Lo, ajunior from Cary, N.C.,who is president of the Inter-Residence Council. “IRC wanted to promote more homecoming spirit in the residence halls and are giving residents and hall councils the opportunity to decorate a lounge in their building.”
The homecoming kits given to the hall councils included materials such as tissue paper, red, white and black streamers, NC State plates, garland, curling ribbon, balloons, homecoming posters, beads and other art supplies.
“The common areas should be decorated with messages promoting Pack pride and unity,” Lo says.
At the end of the week, students will be able to view the pictures of the common areas on Facebook and vote for their favorite area.