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“Yo ho ho, it’s the Pack’s life for me”
by Misha Ray - ASUN
Oct 02, 2011 | 1858 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — From Oct. 10-15, the Wolf Pack will be sporting peg legs and eye patches. That’s right, it’s time for the University of Nevada, Reno’s annual homecoming celebration.

Now, for most of you, this event has historically been an inconvenience because of the partial closure of North Virginia Street. But this year, why not celebrate Homecoming with the university? Homecoming is more than a parade. Homecoming celebrates Wolf Pack pride. Homecoming honors all of the student organizations that work so hard throughout the year to accomplish great things for the university, for their organization and for the community. Homecoming is a weeklong series of student and community events designed to commemorate the history of UNR.

This year, homecoming will take place from Oct. 10-15 and the theme is “Yo Ho Ho, it’s the Pack’s life for me.” The Wolf Pack will be playing New Mexico and we are prepared to support all of our athletes during this weeklong event. The parade will occur on Oct. 15 and N. Virginia Street will be closed from 8 to 9:30 a.m. The community is invited and encouraged to attend several of the week’s events in order to show support for the university, its students and, of course, the Pack!

The schedule of events open to the community is as follows:

• Pack Gives Back — 7 p.m. Oct 12 in the Joe Crowley Student Union ballrooms. Come out and watch the university’s top students compete for the title of Nevada’s King and Queen. Along with the competition, there will be a charity raffle at the end of the night.

• Bonfire — 6 p.m. Oct. 14 behind William Peccole Park. Come to the annual bonfire with your family and friends. Free food from Men Wielding Fire, carnival games and prizes along with bounce houses and photo booths.

• Parade — 9 a.m. on Oct. 15 on North Virginia Street. This year, join the Pack in the annual homecoming parade. All of the floats in the parade are designed and created by the students themselves. Come get a great view of student creativity and spirit.

• Nevada vs. New Mexico football game — 11 a.m. Oct. 15. Come cheer on the Pack as we play the New Mexico Lobos. Homecoming king and queen will be crowned at this event. Homecoming king and queen are nominated for their involvement on campus, volunteer activities, and academic performance.

Homecoming, occurring each October, represents a rising tradition at the University of Nevada where current students, faculty and staff take part in myriad of activities including a bonfire, the homecoming parade & football game. For the past 91 years, homecoming has been a large part of campus life every fall. When taking a look at past years, even up to 60 years ago, one can see that not much has changed.

Photos of students preparing floats to take off down Virginia Street, talent shows just like our current Wolves Frolic and the huge bonfire at the end of every week are amazing examples of how important tradition is to this university. Every year clubs and organizations from different realms of campus life come together to show why the university means so much to them. While Greek life, residence halls and all clubs and organizations are competing against one another, it is for the same cause: to prove they have the most Pack pride. There is no way to describe the amazing atmosphere homecoming brings to campus; you will just have to come out and experience it for yourself.

The Wolf Pack invites you to celebrate the University of Nevada, Reno with us from Oct. 10-15. While many events are open only to students, we hope you will take full advantage of the free, community events we have organized for you and your families. Go Pack!

Misha Ray is the director of public relations for the Associated Students of the University of Nevada. She is studying journalism, with minors in speech communications and women’s studies. She graduated from Lowry High School in Winnemucca in 2007 and expects to graduate from UNR in May 2012.
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