Homecoming: Then and Now

College tweaks annual homecoming events to increase student involvement


  • 1919 A tradition since the beginning of homecoming, the crowning of king and queen, has been done at halftime of the football game. 
  • 1941 This burning of the outhouse used to be a way for male students to get the female students out past curfew, and it wasn’t always during homecoming. The men who burned the privy were known as the Privy Council. 
  • 1986 The spirit stick competition was done at the pep rally, and the Greek organization that sang the fight song the best was pronounced the winner of the spirit stick. 


  • This year, there will also be a prince and princess chosen—an underclassmen man and woman. They will be crowned at the pep rally, and the upperclassmen king and queen will still be crowned at the game.
  • The privy burn now takes place the Friday night before the homecoming game. The Student Entertainment Board builds a replica to be burned on the corner of Monroe and Forsythe Streets after the pep rally.
  • As of last year, the stick is handed to the class that sings the fight song the best. The change came after student feedback to involve more non-Greek students, Assistant Dean of Students for Student Involvement Keri Ellington said.
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Quinn Fitzgerald is the leading reporter and a photographer for The Franklin. She is majoring in journalism and English. Her passions are writing and photography, which is why she is also a photographer for the communications office. Outside of The Franklin, Quinn spends her time playing music on either her phone or her instruments. Her love for music led her to join FC’s String Ensemble. If she is not doing any of the activities above, she is probably studying or watching Netflix.

This is Quinn’s first year in the position and her second year on The Franklin staff. She previously held positions as news and sports reporter, photographer, and sports editor.

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