Weekend to instill old traditions

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Homecoming and Family weekend are fast approaching and with them come the rich and exciting legacy of Pacific. Homecoming and Family Weekend are traditionally not on the same weekend, but due to the return of football and an increase in school spirit, Pacific’s dedicated team of coordinators decided to place it all in one fun-filled weekend.

“Homecoming has been going on since before there were cars,” said Martha Calus-McLain, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations. This weekend-long event will be packed with all sorts of different activities, new and old that accommodate everyone.

The Noise Parade, which will be held on Friday, Oct. 28 at 9 p.m, is not just for the Greeks anymore. The  parade is designed to make as much noise as possible as students march through the streets of Forest Grove. McLain described this as one of Pacific’s oldest and most memorable traditions.

Following the Noise Parade is the Bonfire which is also a long -standing tradition here at Pacific.

“I remember seeing pictures of the Bonfire when they were burning old outhouses donated by local businesses,” said McLain.

Both activities have been passed down from generation to generation, instilling the same pride and joy in Pacific’s students, family members, alumni and friends.

Another monumental milestone taking place this weekend is the annual Homecoming game, where Pacific will hopefully have their first win against the University of Puget Sound. The game takes place on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and it is estimated that over 1,000 people will be attending the game.

“There is something beautiful about seeing Pacific’s current generation spirited out and seeing Pacific’s older generation enjoying the game as well,” stated McLain.

According to students and staff, the most fun event to attend is Boxer Nation, which follows the Homecoming game. Students and guests will not only receive a full, home cooked meal, but access to see a live performance by Hit Explosion.

Some other smaller events that are especially geared toward students are the Students Today Alum Tomorrow: the Medallion Search and the Homecoming Kickoff Dance which took place Oct. 21.
The alumni office hides a medallion and gives the student body and guests clues as to where the medallion is hidden. The winner receives a $100 gift certificate to the bookstore to be used on apparel items.

All in all, Homecoming and Family Weekend is promised to a monumental, memorable, and enticing experience for all alumni, current students, and friends and family of Pacific. Attending these events will create another milestone, another generation of the fantastic legacy that is Pacific University.


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