Students parade for Homecoming
Published: Friday, October 14, 2011
Updated: Friday, October 14, 2011 12:10
Undaunted by a chilly fall rain, students, faculty and Greek organization members filed behind ISU's marching band in the Torchlight parade Wednesday evening, cheering along to the Fight Song.
The group ended up in the Arena for a pep rally to show support for the ISU football team, ahead of Saturday's game against Western Illinois.
Sycamores began the parade in Lot 9 in front of Rhoads and Mills halls, stopping in front of each of the other residence halls. Students peeked through their windows as the crowd approached. ISU cheerleaders, Sparkettes and color guard also led the crowd, following behind the band.
"The idea of this event is to get students out of their residence halls to show support for the team and to raise school spirit," said Kelsey Shanks, a junior recreation management major and coordinator of the parade and pep rally.
Sophomore business education major Cara Nawrocki, a member of the Alpha Phi sorority, said the parade was a great way to bond with her sorority sisters.
"I also really enjoyed hearing the band play, and I'm looking forward to the game on Saturday," she said.
Many of the students sported shirts proclaiming their affiliation to their fraternity or sorority, and a selected member of each group carried a lit tiki torch.
At the pep rally, the entire football team was present to watch performances by the band, cheerleaders and color guard. The Sparkettes also performed a choreographed routine.
Head football coach Trent Miles thanked the student body for their support and recognized the seniors of his team.
President Daniel J. Bradley and his wife, Cheri, also made an appearance at the rally.
Sophomore nursing major Addie Stevenson was one of the students in attendance.
"The pep rally was a really fun way to show our school spirit," she said. "And the free T-shirt was nice, too."