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
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
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 cbu.edu/SAC. #GoBucs #TameTheWolves
SEE PHOTOS FROM ALL THE HOMECOMING EVENTS AT CBU'S FLICKR PAGE!