LSU students gear up for homecoming weekend

Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 5:28pm

LSU Tigers will be back in Death Valley for homecoming weekend, and students say it's extra exciting coming off of last week's win in Tuscaloosa.

This year's homecoming theme, Home Sweet Home: Calling LSU, is special for Scott and Cheryl Lang.

"It's good to be home," Cheryl, a Baton Rouge native, explains. "There's nothing like home, so I think the Home Sweet Home actually says it all. I mean there's nothing like Louisiana, right?"

The Langs came all the way from Mexico to see the Tigers play on Saturday.

"Since we're not living in the US, we couldn't deny coming to a game on Saturday, especially the number one team in the nation," Scott says.

It's a great week to visit. Homecoming chair, Tanaya Yidin says this purple and gold celebration timed out perfectly.

"I think it was really great for homecoming to be after we come home from a big win, so everyone is pumped up about that," she explains.

All week, students are participating in a number of activities leading up to the game against Western Kentucky.

Thursday, students donated canned goods to help build up a replica of Tiger Stadium on the parade grounds. Yidin says before the CANapalooza Blitz Build Night even started, students had already donated more than 20,000 cans. After the event, they'll be donated to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

That same night, the homecoming committee hosted a pep rally on the parade grounds, complete with appearances from the LSU Tiger Band, the Golden Girls, and Les Miles.

"It's always a good week," says LSU senior, Matthew Clark. "We always have a good match-up. I feel like Western Kentucky is going to come here. They're going to make it entertaining."

This year's number one status on the football field seems to have sparked an interest in the festivities outside the stadium.

"More groups are getting involved," says junior Colleen Kissel. She's a member of LSU's knitting club, the Yarnoholics Anonymous. "It's more than just the people who are normally involved in homecoming. Tons of groups have been active this semester."

So, on Saturday, it doesn't matter if you're a student or a Tiger transplant, everyone in purple and gold will be right where they belong.

"It's basically a big welcome home party for everybody to be back in Tiger Stadium again," says Yidin.

Find out more about the other homecoming events happening the rest of the week and into this weekend at

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