October 2016, Top story

Praise, parties, parades, pigskin





It’s Homecoming Week in Falcon Land, and that means it’s time for parties, parades, gospel and, of course, football.

The theme of this year’s Homecoming is the “Blue and White Experience” – hashtag BWE. The week always has something a little different and, in 2016, it was a comedy show, which took place Saturday October 15, 2015 as part of “pre-BWE” activities. The show featured comedians A Train and Vince Taylor.

But the official kick-off of Homecoming is always the Gospel Explosion, which took place on Sunday, Oct. 16.  Many Students, alumni, faculty, and families gathered in the Seby Jones Fine Arts Building to fellowship with one another, and to participate in the traditional worship experience. The event featured the SAU Gospel Choir, Band of Brothers, Dance Daughters of SAU, remarks by Chaplain Major Ruth Naomi Segres and Mother Nita Byrd, the Polk Duo, Wake Chapel Church and others.

Many said the Gospel Explosion was an inspiring, wonderful event.

“What an awesome choir SAU choir,” said Lele Dantzler, a Durham resident who attended the event to see her granddaughter perform. “The Band of Brothers was out of sight – knocked my socks off.”

The events have continued throughout the week. On Monday night there was a “World Music Night” party; on Tuesday night, there was a “Turn up with the Greeks” outing; Wednesday afternoon, there was a Fashion Show that was well attended.

The reviews coming in so far have been mixed. Many were disappointed when the “World Music Night” party ended earlier than planned due to altercations among attendees. And Saint Augustine’s Homecoming always suffers in comparison to bigger schools, which can afford to bring in more popular entertainers.

“I expected homecoming this year to be different — more lit, more exciting events, and more engaging,” said Jena Massey, a junior sociology major say. ‘The events that I’ve been to thus far have been good, but could be better.”

But Benjamin Raymond, a freshman criminal justice major and a member of the university’s Campus Activity Board, had a different perspective. “Your Homecoming is what you make it,” Raymond said.

He added that some events have not been very well attended. “If you do not come to the events, then how do you expect to have fun?” he said.

The action turns up on the weekend. Besides the football game, which takes place at 1 p.m. at the George Williams Athletic Complex, activities include the Crowning of Miss SAU Alumni  Queen at 7 p.m. at the MLK Building; a stepshow, concert and after-party Friday evening at Emery Gymnasium; the pafade at 9 a.m. Saturday on the streets surrounding campus;  and the Homecoming Reunion Falcon Cabaret at p.m. Saturday at the Hilton North Raleigh.

— Porsha Cox