Augustana celebrates its 99th homecoming

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Augustana sophomores Lianna Ubungen (front) and Alexandria Roggensack (back) of the Chi Omega Gamma Sorority race through the Slough at the Cardboard Regatta Race during Augustana College’s 99th Homecoming on October 1st, 2019.

Melida Castro

Augustana’s annual Homecoming week took place throughout the week of Sept. 30 to Oct. 4. Hundreds of alumni returned to campus to meet with their sororities and fraternities, and Greek groups participated and organized events throughout the week. 
Homecoming is “a time for the college to host their alumni and show them the improvements they’ve made over the years,” the homecoming co-chair, senior William Bailey, said. “It is also for the current students to come together as one and be a unified student body. It is meant to promote bonding and fun.”
Bailey continued to describe the week, saying that Yell and Sing are the most popular events of the week due to their competitive nature and comedic aspect. 
The Rope Pull and Yell competition was held on Oct. 3 at PepsiCo. They consist of two different competitions in which all organized groups on campus compete against each other for first place. 
During Yell, each group is to perform a choreography of stepping and yelling the performer to use their bodies to make the rhythm and their voices to create a chant of sorts. 
Freshman Marjolein Klaren from the Netherlands attended the event because of her interest in Greek Life. “I decided to go because a couple of my friends invited me to the event and some of my friends that are in Greek Life were performing,” Klaren said. “I will hopefully join a sorority this year.” 
However, she hadn’t attended any other activities that occurred during the week because of her commitment to track and field. “I practice every evening and most of the events lined up with my practice time,”  Klaren said. 
The Coronation Ceremony and Sing Competition occurred on Oct. 4 at Centennial Hall. There, the Homecoming court Vi-King and Vi-Queen were crowned. The fraternities and sororities used the rhythm of popular songs which they changed the lyrics. The lyrics become a relatable, fun parody about being a student at Augustana College. 

Sigma Pi Delta performing at the sing competition.      

At the event, the Phi Rho sorority celebrated their 100th birthday and recreated their winning Yell routine. 
Many students decided to avoid going to the event on Friday night due to different reasons. Freshman Cate Cahill decided to stay at Westerlin hall while the event was happening because of her commitment as a student. 
“I have homework due before midnight and I prioritize my classes over Homecoming,” Cahill said. She also abstained from going to any of the other events that happened during Homecoming week. 
“All the events attract different people, but it was noticeable that a lot of freshmen showed up to the first event, which was the bonfire just out of curiosity about Greek Life and campus events,” Bailey said. “However, Yell had the most amount of attendance because a lot of people who aren’t involved in Greek life go support their friends.”
Augie Freshmen Rachel Forman (Left) and William Crouch (Right) hanging out by the fire on September 30th, 2019.