Leaving a Crimson Legacy
Homecoming Week 2013 began Sunday, Sept. 29, and will continue through Saturday, Oct. 5, when the Crimson Tide plays the Georgia State Panthers. This year’s theme is “Leaving a Crimson Legacy.”
With races and sports tournaments, step shows and bonfires, as well as plenty of tailgating, the entire UA family has a chance to come together and celebrate the University.
Student involvement is crucial to each homecoming event, and students and student organizations are encouraged to participate. Spirit points will be awarded for participation and placing in each of the following events:
- Roll Tide Run
- Service Project
- Paint the Town Red
- Bowling Tournament
- Basketball Tournament
- Dodgeball Tournament
- Choreography Competition
- Lawn Decorations
During halftime of the homecoming game, the SGA Homecoming Committee will award the traditional Spirit Cup to the student group that receives the most spirit points during homecoming week. The committee will also honor a student group with fewer than 100 members that exemplifies the spirit of homecoming throughout the week.
On Sunday the festivities were scheduled to start with the 25th annual Roll Tide Run, followed by the Crimson Kickoff powder puff football tournament benefiting the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.
Paint the Town Red allows students to show their UA school spirit across Tuscaloosa by painting windows of local businesses. From 1-4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, student organization representatives can pick up supplies and receive their window assignments at the SGA office in Ferguson Center. Organizations then have until 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, to paint their masterpieces for faculty, staff, students, residents and visitors to enjoy.
Also on Monday a bowling tournament will begin at 9 p.m. at AMF Bama Lanes.
Homecoming queen elections will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1. A basketball tournament starts at 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Student Recreation Center. In addition, the LifeSouth Blood Drive will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 1-2, behind Gorgas Library or in room 301 of the Ferguson Center.
The CanFormation event and judging will be from noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2, in the Ferguson Center Ballroom. Sponsored by the Community Service Center and the SGA, the can-building competition benefits West Alabama organizations dedicated to fighting hunger and homelessness. Teams will build structures composed solely of the cans they supply. Teams will be judged on visual appeal, creativity, originality, structural integrity and number of cans donated. Entry for each team is free, but each team must furnish its own cans, which will be donated to food banks after the competition.
The student dodgeball competition also takes place on Oct. 2, at the Student Recreation Center at 7 p.m.
Then, on Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. the choreography contest begins. It will be held in Coleman Coliseum. Tickets for the event will be available at sga.tix.com.
Friday, Oct. 4, will be a busy day running up to the game on Saturday. Judging for lawn decorations begins at 1 p.m. Scores will be based evenly on the use of materials, use of theme, creativity, neatness and overall effect. Winners will be announced during the pep rally.
The annual homecoming pep rally and bonfire will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 4, on the Quad. At 8 p.m. that night the National Pan-Hellenic Council Step Show will be held in Foster Auditorium. The Step Show has been a tradition at UA for more than 30 years. According to the SGA website, “The Homecoming Step Show is an interactive experience that draws the audience into a variety of stories, exciting dance moves, and stunts.”
Game day celebrations will begin with a homecoming parade at 7 a.m. The parade will proceed from University Blvd. and 2nd Ave. to University Blvd. and 19th just on the other side of campus, and will feature Crimson Tide teams, Big AL, the homecoming court, and many local bands led by the University’s own Million Dollar Band.
On game day, all Alabama alumni, friends and fans are invited to the Quad three hours before kickoff to attend Tailgatin’ with the Tide BBQ Under the Big Top. Tickets are $15 each and may be bought in advance at alumlive.ua.edu/2013-tailgatin-tide.