By Shannon Helmuth
Orange and blue ribbons were draped effortlessly along tree trunks and elaborate bubble letters litter the sidewalks as students showcased their Illini pride on October 22, 2014, also known as “Spirit Day” on the Illini campus. The annual homecoming celebration has been celebrated since its inception in 1910. Though the main focus is the football game, a variety of events are hosted throughout the week leading up to the big weekend.
Thursday: Homecoming Fitness Challenge
It’s your chance to see if planking for 30 seconds every morning has whipped you into shape physically! The Homecoming Fitness Challenge starts at 4 p.m. in the ARC lobby, which involves doing push-ups, pull ups, planks and squats. You’ll even have the opportunity to win various prizes!
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Friday: Illini Block Party
From 5:30 to 7 p.m., you can attend the Illini Block Party on Wright St., alongside the Homecoming parade, hosted by UI Alumni Association’s Student Alumni Ambassadors. You’ll get the opportunity to partake in various activities and enjoy other entertainment that this event will have for you. It’s open to all members of the community and has family friendly events.
Homecoming Pep Rally
You can really show your Illini pride by attending the Homecoming Pep Rally from 7 to 8p.m. They’ll be letting off some fireworks and having a performance by the Marching Illini. The Homecoming Court will also be announced, along with appearances by the football team and head coach, Tim Beckman.
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Saturday: Illinois vs. Minnesota Homecoming Football Game
To top off the homecoming weekend, garb yourself in orange and blue and cheer on your team as they face off against the Minnesota Mavericks. Go Illini!
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