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Homecoming 2016 Tames Wolves, Boosts School Spirit

MEMPHIS, TN —On February 2-6, students from around campus gathered together to take part in an annual Buccaneer tradition—Homecoming. The crisp air and light snow provided the perfect weather for student organizations to bundle up and invent ways to help the Buccaneers “Tame the Wolves” on Saturday as the women and men’s basketball teams took on the West Georgia Wolves. In addition to the big games on Saturday afternoon, Homecoming Week also featured four distinct competitive events: Wacky Olympics, CBU All-Sing, a Fight Song Competition, and Trivia Night. Each event was designed to test our student organization’s ability to compete physically, test their mental fortitude, and see which team worked together most effectively.

The first event, Wacky Olympics, was a fantastic throwback to the field days of our childhood, and included sack races, pie-eating contests, and even a cup-stacking challenge. In the end, the women of Zeta Tau Alpha placed first at this event, setting off a whirlwind of competitive energy.    

All-Sing, the second event of the week, is a campus favorite. Competing organizations create melodies that reference popular music and dances with lyrics that give shout-outs to places on campus, organizations they love (or compete against), and provide some needed support to our Buccaneer athletes. It was standing-room-only in the 400-seat University Theater, shattering all attendance records for previous All-Sings! SGA Vice Presidents Bijou Coulibaly and Sushma Kalava channeled their inner Tina Fey and Amy Pohler and kept the audience energy high between performances (Fun fact: Each changed costumes SEVEN TIMES throughout the evening). Highest marks for the evening again went to Zeta Tau Alpha, followed up by Alpha Xi Delta, and the Honors Program (who impressed the judges with a very lifelike cutout of our very own President Smarrelli). Special guest performances were also presented by members of ALL of our athletic teams!    

This year was also the first time that CBU’s brand new fight song was debuted, and it was celebrated during a Fight Song Competition at Thursday night’s basketball games. Student organizations came out with signs, decorated shirts, and brought the social media thunder with the hashtag #TameTheWolves

The last competitive event was Trivia Night on Friday with resident triva guru Brother Ignatius Brown.  Categories ranged from wordplay to obscure Broadway musicals, from photo recognition of famous folks past and present to Biblical references, and even some interesting facts about birds.  With a close victory over the Honors College (1 point difference), the men of Kappa Sigma clinched a victory, earning some valuable points for the week. Trivia Night was also joined by CBU alumni teams, who competed with students during the evening. 

At the Homecoming games on Saturday, Homecoming spirit reached a fever pitch. The votes for Mr. and Ms. CBU were tallied, points added up from the week, and the energy inside Canale Arena was palpable.  Cheers erupted as Zeta Tau Alpha was crowned Homecoming Week Champions, with second and third place going to the Honors Program and Alpha Xi Delta, respectively. Sam Tope-Ojo was crowned Mr. CBU, and Rakesha Gray received the title of Ms. CBU. Students celebrated during the games (which the saw a victory by the Lady Bucs and a heartbreaker 3-point loss by the Bucs), and then quickly left to prepare for the Homecoming Gala, hosted at Minglewood Hall. Over 300 students took a chartered bus ride to the gorgeous venue, where food, drinks, and plenty of dancing made for a fantastic end to an amazing week.    

Watch highlights from the week below:

For students who loved participating in the festivities, maybe you’d also love to help us put them together! If that sounds like something you’d be interested in, apply for the Student Activity Council at #GoBucs #TameTheWolves    


Posted by Joshua Colfer at 9:37 AM