Students and alumni gravitate to alma mater during Homecoming

Washburn University celebrated Homecoming week Oct. 19-22. This year’s theme was “Out of this World” and the student body did not disappoint. Many organizations and students went above and beyond during the Homecoming events and tailgate.

Homecoming is one of the most exciting times on campus. It gives students and alumni a chance to celebrate Washburn for everything it has done for them. During the week of Homecoming, the university offers fun events for students to show off their team spirit and prepare to get rowdy during the football game Saturday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m.

Saturday started off with a parade that was directly followed by a tailgate. Many organizations participated in the tailgating festivities, while the Ichabod football players prepared for game day and the marching band practiced for their opening performance. There was music and laughter all day, from the beginning when clubs started setting up their tents until the end when the Ichabods took home the “W.”

“I was primarily tailgating with Delta Gamma, which I am a member of, and we came together to invite the alums because that’s what Homecoming is about and it was really cool to see friends old and new across organization and within our own,” said Chloe Chaffin, junior in English secondary education and political science. “It was the best tailgating experience I’ve ever had.”

Student organizations like Phi Delta Theta, Washburn Student Government Association, Alpha Delta, Leadership Institute, Kappa Sigma, Delta Gamma and many others participated in the tailgate by grilling out and playing cornhole with fellow students. One of the most popular aspects of the Homecoming tailgate is that all the organizations came together to show their Washburn pride and celebrate the school.

Shayden Hanes, president of WSGA and senior in international business and marketing, thoroughly enjoyed Homecoming and was pleased with the turnout.

“Homecoming went over really well this year. It’s really fun to come together as a student body and celebrate our love for Washburn,” Hanes said.

To end the day on a high note, the Washburn Ichabods won the football game against the University of Central Oklahoma with an astounding 37-9 final score. All Washburn lovers, old and new, were able to spend the week honoring their alma mater and relishing in its success.

Edited by Alijah McCracken, Glorianna Noland