By EMILY FEATHERSTON, News Editor
Homecoming festivities will look slightly different this year as the pre-game parade of student organizations is replaced by a “display board” competition.
“After polling members of the student body and speaking with various on campus partners, we decided it was not in the best interest of Samford to continue with the homecoming parade,” Beth Roller, director of student activities and campus events, said.
The change comes as part of an effort by the Campus Life staff to expand participation in homecoming activities to a greater number of on-campus organizations.
The displays will be displayed on Ben Brown Plaza and be judged on the Saturday morning of homecoming weekend, and the winners will be announced at the tailgate and again at the football game.
Winning organizations will also get cash prizes added to their Samford agency accounts, with the first-prize winner receiving $750, the second-prize winner receiving $500 and third place receiving $250.
“Our hope is this new direction will allow more opportunities for more student organizations to be represented and take part in this new tradition,” Roller said.
The display boards will be eight feet by eight feet, and the Office of Campus Life will provide materials for either painted or tissue paper boards.
Work on the boards can begin no earlier than Monday, Oct. 27, giving groups less than a week to finish before homecoming weekend begins.
All on-campus organizations were notified Monday through OrgSync, but sketches of submissions are due to Roller by Oct. 20. Roller can be contacted at email@example.com.