First homecoming aims to spread spirit

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Students sang, danced, socialized and rediscovered school spirit at a commuter school where sense of community is limited. USG hosted the first-ever Homecoming and Fall Festival in the 25th Street Plaza on Thursday, Oct. 22. The homecoming rally represented spectacular school spirit from participating clubs at Baruch, with speeches from students and club leaders and cultural songs and dances. The day ended with the Fall Festival, which consisted of food, numerous activities for students and an outdoor screening of the film Hocus Pocus.

The homecoming rally took over the plaza during club hours, and included a club parade, athletics pep rally, music and giveaways.

“We are highlighting the clubs and athletes on campus. First, clubs will parade from VC out to the plaza and each club will be given a minute to share with the audience what they do and what they’re about,” explained Cherry Aung, an executive board member of USG. Akaash Singh, a comedian from MTV’s Guy Code, and Gabriella Vishnevskaya, a Baruch student, were the hosts for the homecoming.

The high energy was extraordinary and apparent as students circled around the stage, cheering and showing great excitement. The music ranged from cultural to mainstream songs, pumping up the moods of students and the school mascot.

A member of the United Sikh Association club performed a breathtaking solo dance routine. Snapchat’s local story featured students’ “mystories” three times, letting New Yorkers know about Bearcat pride.

Bright blue cotton candy and popcorn was distributed throughout the plaza. T-shirts were tossed into the crowds of students, amplifying the general mood even more. Mugs were distributed one by one. To highlight the fall season, Lexicon presented a photo booth with autumn leaves painted in the background, inviting students to take photos with colorful masks.

Minute-long speeches made by the clubs allowed students to become better acquainted with the clubs active on campus. Participating clubs included the  Vietnamese Student Association, UNICEF, Accounting Society, Phi Eta Sigma, United Chinese Language Association, Delta Sigma Pi, Lexicon, Veteran’s Association, Alpha Phi Omega, Hong Kong Club and many more. Each club held up its banner and students cheered on as they made their way across the plaza to the stage area to make their speeches.

Jayden Lei, the president of Hong Kong Club, believed that this homecoming rally was an amazing way to apprise younger classmen about the clubs they can join on campus.

“This gives younger classmen a little insight about the club, the purpose and location on where to find these clubs,” Lei said. After speeches were made, the audience voted on which club showed the most club spirit. The winning club will be given co-sponsorship money and a trophy.

The plaza has been instrumental to students enjoying some approximation of campus life at a commuter school such as Baruch. “For a commuter school, there are not many outdoors events like this so it’s pretty exciting and fun to experience something completely different than indoors events in classrooms,” shared Albert Anderson, an executive board member of the Vietnamese Student Association club. The Fall Festival continued on in the plaza and the Multipurpose Room, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Festivities were comprised primarily of line dancing, decorating pumpkins, eating pie and drinking hot chocolate and seasonal beer.  Participants were invited to BYOB, an acronym for “bring your own blanket,” to watch an outdoor screening of the movieHocus Pocus in the plaza. Baruch’s first Homecoming and Fall Festival demonstrated great school spirit and attracted a large turnout of over 400 students.

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