Baruch College hosted its annual homecoming week from Oct. 16 to Oct. 20, with activities and themed days throughout the week culminating into a dance on Oct. 20 in the Multipurpose Room.
The fall season brings with it the decades-old American tradition of homecoming. Homecoming week consists of pep rallies, football, a royal court, dancing and much more. The main drive behind this event was to welcome back students and to celebrate school while having a fun time.
Baruch’s first homecoming week was in October 2015. The host of homecoming every year is the Undergraduate Student Government, led by its vice president of campus affairs.
Frances Subervi, this year’s vice president of campus affairs, planned out the week alongside student Liz Barzman. Homecoming this year followed a more traditional route, compared to the college’s previous Homecomings where the theme was centered around the fall season. The theme of the dance this year was “Starry Night.”
Another change from the previous years’ homecomings was the addition of dress-up days throughout Homecoming Week, also known as Spirit Week. Subervi hopes that this new addition becomes a tradition at every future Baruch Homecoming. The first dress-up day was “Pajama Day” on Monday, followed by “Jersey Day” and a pep rally on Tuesday and “Decades Day” on Wednesday. On the last day, Thursday, everyone was encouraged to wear their Baruch gear or the Baruch colors of blue and white. The day started with a flag football game between clubs in the Main Gym, and a dodgeball game in the Auxiliary Gym. Many spectators came to show their support and cheer on their clubs from the bleachers. These sport events were followed by the “Starry Night”-themed dance later that night in the Multipurpose Room.
The dance, which started at 6:30 p.m., featured loud music and a line of people waiting for food. The food, given out by USG volunteers, included fried chicken, mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese. The Multipurpose Room, in accordance to the “Starry Night” theme, was decked out in twinkling lights and hanging stars. Tables and chairs were organized at the sides of the room, with one table dedicated to free homecoming shirts, and another to small bags of candy for those attending. In the center of it all was the busy dance floor.
A majority of the people at the dance were dressed to impress, and the USG members stood out in their black and blue dresses and bows in their hair. At the start of the event, the DJs announced that the best two dancers of the night would be crowned as part of the royal court. The DJs kept everyone in the room in an energetic mood by playing hits such as “Bodak Yellow” by Cardi B.
As the night progressed, more and more people joined the dance floor, and the time to pick a royal court soon came. The two best dancers of the night ended up being Nazifa Tabassum and Christian Fuller. As promised by USG, it was a night spent dancing under the stars and the perfect way to end the week.