By Allyson Noenickx
This past weekend, the College of the Holy Cross welcomed alumni back to campus with the College’s annual homecoming weekend. The weekend featured a pep rally and a football game against Dartmouth.
Last Friday evening, the Purple Key Society kicked off the weekend’s festivities with the fourth annual Sader Nation pep rally. They promoted the event by giving out free homecoming t-shirts to the first 100 students in attendance. The rally took place on the first floor of Hogan—the event’s rain location—where students gathered for giveaways and performances. Performances included Dance Ensemble, the cheerleading squad, and the Goodtime Marching Band. The event was hosted by Holy Cross’s pep man Tyson Young ‘17, and featured appearances from head football coach Tom Gilmore and members of his team.
Also on Friday night was the Holy Cross Alumni Association dinner which brought together alumni and friends to celebrate the 2016 Award recipients: D. Timothy Buckley ’59, P. Kevin Condron ’67, Maureen E. Moran ’89, and Timothy L. Porter ’68. The award is an expression of respect and admiration for alumni who have distinguished themselves by their dedicated, outstanding, and lengthy service to the College. Sarah A. Brown ‘10 was presented with the Young Alumni Leadership Award for her outstanding service to the College through the Alumni Association’s committees, regional club, and class.
On Saturday afternoon, the Holy Cross football team (1-3) faced off against Dartmouth (2-0) on Fitton field. Tailgating kicked off at 10 a.m. as students and alumni gathered on Freshman Field. The free student tailgate featured a performance from The Nate Chung Project, a Wings Over Worcester wing-eating contest, among other giveaways. The Good Time Marching Band also held a concert on the Hoval prior to the game. Other pre-game events included the Holy Cross Lawyers Association homecoming brunch, Holy Cross Alumni in Education reception, and the GLBTQ alumni network brunch.
On the field, the Crusaders faced a strong Dartmouth team. After getting on the board first, the Crusaders struggled to find the endzone and lost by a final score of 35-10. The Johnny Turco ‘52 Memorial Trophy—awarded annually by the Holy Cross Varsity Club, the Class of 1952, and the Holy Cross Club of Worcester to the Most Outstanding Player in the Homecoming Day Game—was presented to Dartmouth senior linebacker Folarin Orimolade. During the game, the 2015-2016 Men’s Basketball team was also honored on the field for their Patriot League Championship last season. Later in the day, Men’s Soccer (5-3-0) defeated Lehigh (2-5-1) by a final score of 3-1, and Women’s Soccer (1-8-0) fell to Bucknell (8-0-1) by a score of 3-0.
Following the game, the weekend continued with the Multicultural Student Organization’s Quad Takeover on Kimball Quad. On Saturday evening, students and their registered guests were invited to the homecoming edge in the fieldhouse. Other afternoon events included the O’Callahan Society’s seventy-fifth anniversary NROTC celebration, fifth annual ALANA student-alumni networking reception, and Mass.