By Brooke Schultz
It’s that time of year again – Homecoming. Students and alumni gather with music, food, and festivities to enjoy beginning a new semester and the fall weather. The Homecoming dance is on Oct. 24, running from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. It will be full of dancing, music. Some light refreshments will be served as well.
If you’re a new student at Washington College, you may be wondering what typical WC Homecoming etiquette is. Even if the dance isn’t for you, the Student Events Board has a bunch of different activities set up to attract a wide range of interests.
On Wednesday Oct. 21 there will be a Homecoming tailgate from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Gibson parking lot across from the Gibson Center for the Arts. SEB will be giving out hot dogs, hamburgers, and foam-fingers.
The next day on Oct. 22, laser tag will be on the Hodson Green from 2 to 6 p.m. On Friday, Oct. 23 SEB will be hosting a Homecoming bonfire from 8 to 11 p.m. There will be music, s’mores, and free T-shirts.
What to wear?
Homecoming is more casual and laidback than Birthday Ball, so girls tend to wear shorter dresses. While a lot of girls show up in high heels, they can get pretty uncomfortable.
Senior Jackie DeSoto recommends wearing practical shoes for the dance. She said, “It’ll be cold, and girls don’t want to have their feet stepped on or step on the nastiness on the floor. It also prevents injury.”
For guys, it’s typically a button-up shirt and pair of khakis, sometimes paired with a tie or bowtie. Since the dance is in the fall and during the night, it will probably be a little chilly. SEB Executive Board Member Michael Luckert simply said, “Dress warm. It’s going to be cold outside.”
The dance takes place on the Hodson Green. There will be a tent set up, with a dancefloor underneath. Sophomore Sarah Graff remembered being confused about the location of the dance last year. “You can’t get into Homecoming through Hodson. You have to go around the Cullen dorms and Kent and go through the one entrance,” she said.
If you’re pre-gaming…
If you decide to drink before Homecoming, be careful. If your friend is severely intoxicated, don’t hesitate to call Public Safety. WC has the Medical Amnesty Policy, which reduces the disciplinary consequences if students need to get medical help for their friends. Public Safety will be in attendance and plan on checking bags upon entrance to the dance. Sophomore Keri Edmonds said, “Stick with your friends, because if you are intoxicated, you want to be with people you trust.”
The dance starts at 9 p.m. and runs until 1 a.m. People typically don’t start showing up until 11 p.m. The theme for Homecoming is outer space. The Homecoming King and Queen will be announced during the dance. Whether dances are your scene or not, Homecoming is as much fun as you make it. It is a time to spend time with friends you have already made but also a time to make new friends as well.
If you are new to WC, Homecoming does not have to be a stressful event, for hopefully this checklist gives you a basic idea of how the week and night of the dance will be. If you are not new to WC, hopefully this year’s Homecoming will be the best one yet.