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EWU Homecoming week kicks off Sunday evening


October 26, 2017

John McCallum

Cups of thanks - The Cheney High girls soccer team used styrofoam cups to send a message to their seniors at their final regular-season home game Monday. The Lady Blackhawks will be losing two seniors to graduation: Lelie Holland and Rylie Klauss.

It's Homecoming at Eastern Washington University, with a week-long slate of activities kicking off this Sunday, Oct. 29, with the annual bonfire, pep rally and bed races. Members of the Eagles football team will be on hand at the bonfire and pep rally, which begins at 6 p.m. in parking lot 9 behind Roos Field, with the popular bed races getting underway at 8 p.m. on the Inferno's red turf. There will also be a free DJ performance at the bonfire and rally.

That's just a small sampling of what will take place this coming week. Monday, Oct. 30, the annual Spirit Splash and Community Decorating contest along with the team challenge competition get under way. The day ends with the annual Eastern Royalty Pageant at 6 p.m. at the Showalter Hall auditorium.

A new event Oct. 30 is the "Putting 'U' in the Union," which takes place on the Pence Union Building steps. From 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., people stopping by the PUB renovation construction site can learn about the building's transformation and get a chance to leave an individual legacy by signing part of the building.

The annual Harvest Festival and Carnival is happening on Tuesday, Halloween. The campus tour for kids toddlers through elementary school from 3:15 – 4:30 p.m. starts and ends at Hargreaves Hall, with walkers - in costume if possible - visiting buildings on campus where staff will be passing out treats.

After the tour, the carnival takes place from 4 – 6 p.m. A haunted house by recreation organization EPIC takes place from 6:30 - 9 p.m. at the University Recreation Center.

Wednesday includes a showing of the movie "Spiderman Homecoming" at 8 p.m. at Showalter auditorium. Thursday features the "Battle Sports – Paint Ball" competition from 3 – 5 p.m. on the intramural fields.

Friday, make sure to wear your red for "Eagle Spirit Day. Activities include a car bash to benefit charity on the campus mall from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., and the commencement of the Spirit Splash Community Decorating contest at 1 p.m. around Cheney.

A new event taking place is the "Canoe Battleship Challenge" at EWU's pool. From 3 – 5:30 p.m., teams of three students, faculty or staff try to sink their opponent's canoe by filling it with buckets of water. The day is capped with a comedy show, featuring Native American comedians Kasey Nicholson and Vaughn Eaglebear, at 7 p.m. at Showalter auditorium.

Saturday begins with the "Swoop Sprint" 5K run and pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. at the University House on campus, followed by the annual Homecoming parade at 10 a.m. Alumni Association advancement events coordinator Leslie Mowatt said kids and families are invited to march in the parade with the association, with the first 70 kids age 15 and under receiving a free super hero cape, part of this year's Homecoming theme of "Super Swoop."

Participants are invited to dress up in their favorite super hero costume, decorate bikes or strollers or simply walk alongside everyone else. Some masks and decorations will be available, with the decorating and lineup beginning at 9 a.m. in the Surplus Building parking lot on the corner of G and Second streets in downtown Cheney, just across from the post office.

Also taking place are carnival and train rides for parents, students and family running from Circle Drive at Reese Court from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and the Swoop Zone Student Experience from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at parking lot 16. And of course, Eastern's Big Sky Conference showdown with Weber State at 1 p.m. at the Inferno.

Mowatt said the Alumni Association is selling "Scholarship Scarves" as a fundraiser for the organization's Legacy Scholarship fund in the Numerica Red Zone in the tailgate area at the game on Saturday. Scarves can be preordered at and picked up on game day.

"Alumni board members will be going around through the tailgates on game day playing games and giving away T-shirts and cups," Mowatt added in an email.

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