Brock University’s Homecoming was celebrated over this past weekend, offering a variety of events and activities for students to come together. The events ranging from athletic attractions to class reunions.
The weekend started off with the annual Grape Stomp, a favourite among students where getting messy is half the fun. Hundreds of students filed at Jubilee Court to crush, slip, and stomp grapes on a large white tarp.
“Grape stomp is such an amazing experience,” Elizabete Tigeris, a second year Child and Youth Studies major. It’s a tradition that everyone should experience.”
The Steel Blade Classic also took place on Friday, as the Brock Badger men’s Hockey team played Guelph University’s Gryphons. Though the Badgers lost 5-3, the Brock community came out in full to support their team with an electric atmosphere, even breaking the record for the biggest crowd at any Brock sporting event. With over 4,975 people in attendance, the game was completely sold out.
Frances Johnson, a second year Dramatic Arts student and employee of the Meridian Centre, was surprised by the turnout. “Amazing to see an arena full of students wearing red to support their fellow badgers!”
If you couldn’t catch the Steel Blade classic, the Saturday of Homecoming saw Brock sports win four of five games. More details in the sports section.
While sports are a significant part of Homecoming, there were other events available, such as a Virtual Reality Experience that was offered at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. It featured five minute stories about Canadians who are shaping the world through their creativity. Also had examples of 3D printing, robotics, and circuitry. The event was run through a collaboration between SESQUI and the James A. Gibson Library’s Makerspace.
A tour through the construction that is transforming Taro Hall was available for those interested in seeing how future of the Goodman School of Business is looking.
There were also many events that were geared specifically towards former Brock students that made their way back for the festivities of the weekend, including an Alumni Recognition Reception. The event which took place in the Lowenberger Dining Hall allowed for the recognition and celebration of the 2017 Distinguished Alumna and Faculty Distinguished Graduate Award Winners, as well as the offering of commemorative pins for graduates celebrating their 25th anniversary.
Additionally, a whole range of reunions were available for past students starting on Friday with the 2017 Brock Men’s Hockey Reunion at the Meridian Centre. The event offered the chance to start their reunion off at the tailgate party as well as comfortable seating for the game in the V.I.P. lounge. This opportunity was also available for 2016, 2012, and 2007 graduates.
Saturday was host to many reunions as well, like the Fencing Reunion’s 8th Annual Rusty Blade Challenge. The event offered the chance for fencing alumni to test their skills once more in a family friendly environment. Alumni were also invited to join the current team afterward for dinner at Cat’s Caboose.
The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies also had their reunion, giving the opportunity to network, enjoy the refreshments provided, and revisit memories. There were also a number of alumni who presented on carefully curated topics.
Lastly, Saturday was also host to the Class of 1992’s 25 Year Reunion and the Class of 1967’s 50 Year Reunion. While the 1992 graduates were given commemorative pins, the 1967 graduates were inducted into the Golden Badger Club as well as given a private dinner and reception at the Pond Inlet. The event made for moments of recollection and shared memories.
Brock Homecoming Weekend was a great opportunity to not only remember, but to create new memories with current students for the future to come.