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.