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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
News Bureau • Schofield Hall 201Eau Claire, WI 54702
phone: (715) 836-4741
fax: (715) 836-2900

UW-Eau Claire’s Homecoming
Set for Oct. 15-20

MAILED: Oct. 4, 2001

         EAU CLAIRE — Homecoming Week, one of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s largest annual events, will be held Oct. 15-20 — highlighted by numerous activities, a parade and football game.
         With the theme “Hey Pioneers... What Do You Want On Your Tombstone,” Homecoming is expected to draw thousands of alumni back to Eau Claire to join students, faculty, staff and the public for the celebration.
         During the week, students will select Homecoming royalty and participate in various activities, including window painting, sand sculpture building and competing in games. Clues to the annual medallion hunt will appear in the student newspaper, The Spectator, starting Oct. 8.
         The student talent show “Varsity Night Live!” will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, in Zorn Arena. Rock comic Mark Eddie will host the show, which features a variety of student acts. Nominated 1999 Comedian of the Year and Entertainer of the Year by the National Association for Campus Activities, Eddie is a seasoned musician with a twisted sense of humor and a knack for impressions. He notices funny little things about the music he loves and pokes fun at a wide variety of artists, including Hootie & the Blowfish, Dave Matthews, Bob Dylan, Garth Brooks, Van Morrison, Matchbox Twenty and Michael Bolton.
         The “Varsity Night Live!” lineup includes Jazz Ensemble I; the UW-Eau Claire Dance Team; pianist Erik Christianson (senior); melodic pop band KIP; a martial and healing arts demonstration by the student organization Hwa Rang Do/Tae Soo Do; the Singing Statesmen; the Concert Dance Company; vocal/piano duo Meredith Sipe (senior) and Shanin Buhr (senior); a cappella group The Innocent Men; and rock-blues group The Tony Florez Band. The coronation of Homecoming royalty will take place during intermission.
         Tickets are available at the University Service Center, in the West Lobby of Davies Center, and will be sold at the door. Admission is $6 for the general public, $5 with a UW-Eau Claire student ID card, or $2.50 for those wearing a 2001 Homecoming button.
         Homecoming dance parties will begin at 10 p.m. both Friday and Saturday at Higherground, the alcohol-free nightclub in Crest Wellness Center. Prizes and free snacks will be provided. A valid university or college ID is required. Admission is $1, or free to anyone wearing a 2001 Homecoming button.
         The Homecoming parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, at First Avenue and Water Street, and proceed west to Ninth Avenue. The UW-Eau Claire Blugold Marching Band, conducted by assistant professor of music and theatre arts Randy Dickerson, will lead the parade that includes floats, high school marching bands and non-musical marching units. Milt and Marci Siker, longtime Alumni Association volunteers and Blugold backers, will be grand marshals.
         After the parade, shuttle buses will take football game fans to Carson Park beginning at 11 a.m. from the corner of Second Avenue and Water Street, Fifth Avenue and Water Street, and Towers Hall. Shuttles will run continuously until 30 minutes after the game. Parking is allowed in Carson Park by entering from Lake Street.
         Carry-ins and tailgating are not permitted in Carson Park.
         The traditional pre-game Homecoming festival will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with music, food and beverage tents in the pavilions at Carson Park. The Mickey Larson Band, an Eau Claire blues-rock favorite, will perform, and the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association will sponsor an alumni tent. Festival admission is free; proof of age is required to purchase beer at the festival.
         The UW-Eau Claire Blugolds will play the UW-Platteville Pioneers at the Homecoming football game 1 p.m. Saturday in Carson Park. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. Tickets are on sale at the University Service Center and can be purchased at the gate. Tickets are $5 for the general public; $4 for UW-Eau Claire faculty/staff and those age 62 and older; $3 for those age 17 and younger; or $2 with a UW-Eau Claire student ID card.
         Homecoming buttons are required for participation in all activities. They will be sold at homecoming events, or are on sale for $1, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 8-12 and Oct. 15-19, in the East Lobby of Davies Center. Buttons are worth reduced admission to the “Varsity Night Live!” show and free admission to the dance parties at Higherground.
         UW-Eau Claire Homecoming activities are sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the Student Senate and the Alumni Association. Numerous campus organizations sponsor and host individual events.
         For more information about events, call the Activities and Programs office, (715) 836-4833. For more information about alumni activities, contact the Alumni Association, (715) 836-3266.
         Ticket information is available from the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727 — or, toll-free outside the Eau Claire area, (800) 949-8932. Telephone orders require payment by MasterCard or Visa, and a $3 handling charge is added to all telephone orders.

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Updated: Oct. 4, 2001