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From barbecues to dances, students to join BYU Homecoming festivities

Students are integral to Brigham Young University’s Homecoming 2008, and they will show how they support the theme, “Go the Distance,” with events that begin Oct. 7 and continue through Oct. 11.

The Cougar Marching Band will energize the Opening Ceremony Oct. 7 in the Marriott Center, when the winner of the annual Brimhall Essay Contest will deliver the first-prize entry. Following the opener, hotdogs, hamburgers, chips and cookies will be served in Brigham Square, and the first 500 in line will get free T-shirts.

Noontime activities in Brigham Square are planned Oct. 8-10, and an event for married students is scheduled Friday, Oct. 10, in the Wilkinson Student Center. Planned is a dinner and comedy show. Tickets are free and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. They are available in 3400 WSC.

True Blue Football, where participants play in blue foam, will be Oct. 8 at Helaman Field. Anyone joining in the fun is asked to bring his or her own towel.

Homecoming dances are Oct. 10 and 11. Both evenings will include a dance on the Heber Historic Railroad, affectionately known as the Heber Creeper. A Cinderella-type ball will be Oct. 10 in the WSC Garden Court, and a casual, celebration dance is planned Oct. 11 in the WSC Ballroom.

Many students will participate in the Oct. 11 Homecoming Parade while others serve free pancakes beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Creamery on Ninth, the botany pond, at the base of the Karl G. Maeser Building and at the Sinclair gas station on the south end of campus.

“We know Homecoming is a great event for our alumni, but we like to see our students become excited about this annual celebration,” says Tamera Gray of student leadership.

Writer: Angela Fischer

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