Homecoming 2009

by Karla Shirvanian '10

On October 23-25, Azusa Pacific University celebrated its annual Homecoming weekend. Each year Homecoming weekend draws hundreds of guests on campus, including alumni, current students, and their parents, who all have a chance to participate in a variety of activities.

Homecoming celebrations included the Residence Life tradition, Bed Races, where close to 50 teams competed for $500, a variety of gift cards, and three tickets for priority housing. The teams, made up of five students, had four students pushing the bed and one riding, the students then push the bed on an obstacle course and perform certain tasks, including putting a sheet on a bed and putting on a robe. This year’s first place prize went to team Cradle Robbers.

The weekend also included several events for alumni and families. Alumni traveled back to campus for a 25 year reunion for the class of 1984, a 15 year reunion for the class of 1994, and a 30 year reunion for the class of 1979. Visiting parents were able to spend time with their sons and daughters at the father son Frisbee golf tournament, the mother daughter tea, the second annual homerun derby, and the fun zone, which included an ugly couch contest, games, and a dunk tank.

Prior to the football game, Cougar fans gathered in the parking lot for an In-N-Out tailgate, provided by an In-N-Out truck. The game was filled with excited fans and a sea of blackout shirts, but despite APU's valiant efforts, they were not able to triumph over the Western Oregon team.

In the midst of the nail-biting game, the fans paused at halftime to honor this year's homecoming king and queen. After President Jon Wallace spoke about the students nominated, he presented crowns to Megan Frew '10 and Sean Beck '10, who were voted king and queen by their peers.

"Sean and I did not live our lives these past four years here so that we could get homecoming king and queen. We have lived our lives in this way because this is the way of life God has called us to. So, I am honored, encouraged, and uplifted because of this experience," said Frew. "It was also amazing to share this event with my parents, brother, and grandma and having them experience the all of Homecoming weekend, bed races and all."

This year's homecoming was a time for reuniting, tradition, and community. It is an opportunity for students of the past and present to come together to celebrate and unite through the events happening the entire weekend.