University of Maryland’s homecoming week kicked off Sunday, with the Terps Against Hunger Service Project, but not many students are aware of the week’s events.
Homecoming is all about “fun, friends, football, food and tons of Terp spirit,” Stamp Special Events Coordinator Kristina Rubio said. “This is a time to pump up your pride with events that will make you cheer.”
However, the homecoming football game against Purdue University this Saturday seems to be the only event most students know of during homecoming week.
“I’m going to the football game this Saturday, so I sort of care about homecoming,” Jackie Rivera, junior economics major said, “but that’s the only event I know that is really going on.”
Sophomore biology major Jonathan Jarman would agree. He said he doesn’t know of any specific events going on, but he would go if he knew about them. He said he doesn’t think there is a lot of publicity about the homecoming events.
In addition to the football game against the Purdue Boilermakers, this year’s homecoming week schedule also includes the SEE Homecoming Comedy show, which will feature TJ Miller and Damon Wayans Jr., a 5K Fun Run, a Juke Joint and the Terp Carnival, among other events.
“We look to create tradition around homecoming,” Ashley Venneman, manager of Student Organization Development, said. “So while we may incorporate a few new things every year, we definitely want to keep some of it the same.”
Perhaps students who are involved with organizations that participate in homecoming week know more and are more excited about the events surrounding the week. Sophomore studio art major Julia Peigh is in the Mighty Sound of Maryland marching band. She said she is “keen to know more” about homecoming because of that, but does think the events don’t get much publicity.
Tamara Adams, a junior criminal justice and economics major and first vice president of the Black Student Union, said she is “super excited” for the events the Black Student Union will be holding during homecoming week, like the annual Homecoming Juke Joint and the BSU Scholarship Pageant. She is also on the cheer team and is excited for the football game as the Terps take on Purdue.
For other students, the problem isn’t that they haven’t heard a lot about homecoming events. It’s that they just aren’t interested, like Olabisi Balogun, a junior public health science major, who said she doesn’t particularly care about homecoming because “there’s nothing they’re doing that interests me.”
“The whole tailgate environment isn’t really for me, so I usually don’t participate in much of homecoming weekend,” junior behavioral and community health major Harsh Atit said.
But the Homecoming Committee maintains that the schedule has something for everyone.
“Our schedule offers multiple avenues for students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members to celebrate the University of Maryland as one community,” Rubio said.