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ODU Celebrates Homecoming with Events, Basketball Game

Saturday will mark the last day of Old Dominion University's weeklong homecoming celebration. An annual tradition at ODU, homecoming is a fun-filled week of events for the entire Monarch community. This year's theme is "Lights, Camera, Action!" and, with the introduction of football in 2009, this will be the last year that ODU's homecoming is linked to the basketball season.

Throughout the week the residence halls have competed in "Hoopla in the Lobby" by decorating their lobbies to reflect the "Lights, Camera, Action!" theme. The winning hall will be announced at the tailgate party today. Similarly, student organizations created banners by incorporating the theme on decorated bed sheets, which have been displayed in Webb Center throughout the week. Campus offices were also invited to partake in the challenge and show their ODU pride by decorating their offices around this year's theme.

Tonight features a pregame tailgate/family weekend kickoff party that will begin at 5:30 p.m. behind the Constant Center and includes the University Village Illumination at 6 p.m. Those who plan to attend should register online at http://studentaffairs.odu.edu/familyweekend, and plan to attend the Lady Monarchs vs. Virginia game at 7 p.m.

The homecoming festivities wrap up on Saturday with a Family Day breakfast; the homecoming parade, featuring the ODU Monarch Marching Band; an ODU football scrimmage; a basketball pregame tailgate; the ODU Monarchs vs. UAB game; and a free, formal homecoming dance for ODU students only. The parade will begin at noon on Elkhorn Avenue and proceed down 49th Street, continue along Monarch Way through University Village, and move down 43rd Street to end at the Powhatan football field.

Visit http://studentaffairs.odu.edu/homecoming/ for more information.

Event Schedule

Friday, Nov. 21

5:30 p.m. University Village behind the Constant Center. Tailgate party

6 p.m. University Village Illumination

7 p.m. Lady Monarchs vs. Virginia basketball game

Saturday, Nov. 22

10 a.m. Constant Center. Family Day breakfast

12 p.m. 49th - 43rd Streets. Homecoming parade

1:30 p.m. Powhatan Athletic Complex. Football scrimmage

2:30 p.m. University Village behind the Constant Center. Basketball tailgate

4 p.m. Constant Center. Monarchs vs. UAB basketball game

9 p.m. - 12 a.m. North Cafeteria, Webb Center. Homecoming Ball

This article was posted on: November 21, 2008

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