Homecoming 2013: Faster, stronger, better, badger


Brock University is set to host the annual tradition of Homecoming and the Brock community could not be more excited.

Organized by the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU), the events are endless and current students and alumni are in for a treat this year. With multiple sporting events, concerts and parties for all ages, Homecoming is a fun-filled week for everyone.

“We want to strengthen what Brock is,” said Isaac’s Army Coordinator Paul Dermody. “We are still a young school and are looking to develop the traditions and strengthening the community of Brock is probably the biggest thing right now,” added Dermody.

Homecoming is a fairly new event at Brock, but the event continues to get better each and every year. A few years ago, two students started homecoming out of the blue, and with the recent takeover from BUSU, the event has grown into one of the biggest events of the year.

“BUSU saw the impact that homecoming had on the students and the school, and since then they have created something great from it. Homecoming has become a great event, and in my opinion, it rivals St. Patty’s Day as one of the best events on campus, ” said Dermody.

Homecoming 2013 is a full week of festivities, with Baseball Hype Night kicking things off on Sept. 17. A pre-game party will start at 5:30 p.m. at Isaac’s Bar and Grill and then at 6:45 p.m. free transportation will be provided as students head to Community Park to cheer on the Badgers as they face Queens University at 7:00 p.m.

The fun continues as Isaac’s hosts the official 19+ Homecoming Kick-Off party on Sept. 19, with doors opening at 9:00 p.m. Isaac’s will be packed so make sure to get there early and support the Brock community and kick-off Homecoming the Badger way.

The Annual Brock men’s hockey RBC Steel Blade Classic game will take place on Sept. 20 at the Seymour-Hannah Centre as Brock plays host to the Laurier Golden Hawks. Free transportation will once again be provided, with the bus leaving at 6:45 p.m. and puck drop happening at 7:15 p.m.

The Steel Blade tradition was established in 1999 and has seen large support ever since. The Badgers have won the Steel Blade trophy six times, and are looking to make it three wins in a row with a win over the Golden Hawks.

After the hockey game, students are invited back to Isaac’s for the All Ages Homecoming Party, with doors opening at 9:00 p.m.

If all of these events are not enough for you, and knowing Brock they probably aren’t, the real fun for Homecoming takes place on Sept 21.

Sept. 21 is an all-day party with multiple sports games and events happening throughout the day. The Red Out Party kicks everything off, as Isaac’s opens at 11:00 a.m. for all those Badgers who want to show their pride bright and early.

At 12:50 p.m. the “Sea of Red’ March will take place with students marching towards the fields in their Badger red to cheer on Brock athletics.

“We are actually going to have a horse lead the march this year, with a Sir. Isaac Brock on top of it,” said Dermody. “We had a strong crowd last year and we hoping to have an even bigger one this year.”

After the march, the crowd will lead their way over to Varsity field, which is located by Village residence, and the men’s rugby and women’s soccer team will play at 1:00 p.m.

The men’s rugby team (1-1, OUA) will face the Guelph Gryphons and will look to rebound after their regular season home-opener loss on Sept 7. The women’s soccer team (0-2-4, OUA) will play host to Western and look to get their first home victory of the season.

More sports will continue immediately following the ending of both the rugby and soccer games at 3:00 p.m., as the women’s rugby team (1-0, OUA) will face the Waterloo Warriors. The men’s soccer team (0-4-2, OUA) will also be in action, as they will face rival Western.

For the first time, a beer tent will be located in between the rugby and soccer fields, so thirsty Badgers are welcome to enjoy a few drinks and cheer on the sports teams.

For all of you crazy Badgers out there, I recommend you get a good night sleep before Homecoming, because the party does not stop when the sports do. The party continues as Canadian rock sensation, The Arkells will be playing at Isaac’s, with doors opening at 6:00 p.m.

The motto this year is “faster, stronger, better, badger” and Homecoming 2013 is going to be the best one yet, and no Brock student or alumnus should miss out on it.

“Homecoming is basically what is sounds like, it’s about people coming back home,” said Dermody. “Brock is our home for four years, or sometimes more, so this year we are going to have a lot more fun with it,” he added.

BUSU is offering a Badger Student package this year, which includes some very important stuff. For $35, the package will include an Arkells ticket, T-shirt, face-paint, and a collector’s cup.

The Arkells ticket individually is $20 for students, or $30 for alumni and the Homecoming kit that includes a T-shirt, face paint and collector’s cup is $15 individually.

There are many goals that BUSU is looking to accomplish with Homecoming this year, but the main focus centres on pride.

“The goal of homecoming is to strengthen the pride behind Brock, not just the athletics, but also the whole Brock community,” said Dermody. “We are trying to reach our alumni and bring them back.”

Not only is BUSU excited about homecoming but also the whole Brock community is eager, including first-year student Broderick Kelly.

“On behalf of all of the first years, we are excited to be apart of homecoming as it’s the first one we have ever been apart of,” said Kelly.

Homecoming 2013 is now an annual tradition of welcoming back alumni and celebrating the prominence of being apart of Brock. Make sure to wear your red shirts and get your face paint ready, because Homecoming is going to be a blast.

To learn more about homecoming visit busu.net/events/homecoming. Also follow @brockbusu and @isaacsarmy for all Badgers information and latest news.

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