POSTED: Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 2:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, October 28, 2013 - 8:57am
BATON ROUGE, LA — LSU Homecoming is an annual, time-honored tradition for alumni, students and members of the Tiger community.
This year’s Homecoming will be celebrated with eight days of events taking place Oct. 20-27, including the Homecoming football game Saturday, Oct. 26, against the Furman University Paladins.
In 1910, LSU alumni gathered together for the 50th anniversary of the founding of LSU, the first recorded gathering of LSU alumni. It wasn't until 1922 that Homecoming was associated with a home football game. That year, LSU graduates turned out to see the Tigers defeat Tulane, 24-14. Three years later, LSU celebrated its first official Homecoming on Oct. 10, 1925. Festivities included a pep rally and concert, and the alumni had a special section reserved for them at the football game against Alabama.
This year, the LSU Homecoming Committee, comprised of eight student leaders serving as subcommittee chairs with a team of staff advisors, has planned several activities for the week, some of which require pre-registration by participants.
The list of 2013 Homecoming festivities includes:
CANapalooza Canned Food Drive
Monday, Sept. 23 – Saturday, Oct. 26
- CANapalooza is an exciting event supporting the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. As part of CANapalooza, canned food will be collected in barrels around campus through Saturday, Oct. 26. Fans on campus during game day are encouraged to bring non-perishable food donations to the display on the Parade Ground. The cans will then be donated to the food bank.
Vote for Homecoming King and Queen via myLSU
Friday, Oct. 11– Thursday, Oct. 24
- LSU students can vote for the 2013 Homecoming king and queen via their myLSU accounts for an extra week this year, from Oct. 11 at noon through Thursday, Oct. 24, at 11:59 p.m.
Student Organization Banner Competition
Monday, Oct. 21 – Saturday, Oct. 26
- Student organizations from around campus submit banners showing their school spirit with the theme, “Geauxing Back in Time.” Banners will be on display at the LSU Student Union from Monday, Oct. 21, through Saturday, Oct. 26.
Monday, Oct. 21 – Friday, Oct. 25 – 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
- The entire LSU community is invited to sign the spirit wall, located in Free Speech Plaza in front of the Union. The wall features panels about many Homecoming Week events, and students share their favorite Homecoming memories in their signed notes on the wall.
Monday, Oct. 21 – 7-9 p.m.
- Splatterbeat, sponsored by the Residence Hall Association, has become one of the student body’s favorite traditions. Taking place on the Parade Ground, trash cans will be placed upside down with their lids secured on top. Purple, gold, white and glow-in-the-dark paint will be placed in the lids and participants can bang on the drums with the provided sticks and let the paint splatter all around. In the event of rain, Splatterbeat will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 22, on the Parade Ground.
Manship School of Mass Communication Centennial
Beginning Wednesday, Oct. 23 – 9:15 a.m.
- The LSU Manship School of Mass Communication will be hosting its centennial celebration beginning with a Welcome Kick-off at 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the Journalism Building. A variety of events follow through Saturday. For a full event schedule, visit http://manship100.com/events .
CANapalooza Blitz Build
Wednesday, Oct. 23 – Thursday, Oct. 24 – 4-7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25 – 2-7 p.m.
- Help build Tiger Stadium and Mike the Tiger’s Habitat out of canned food donations to support the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. The build will take place on the Parade Ground. Non-perishable food will be collected throughout Homecoming Week in the red food bank barrels around campus. The structure builds will take place Wednesday and Thursday from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. and Friday from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. The finished structures will be on display at the Parade Ground beginning Friday evening until Sunday, when all food will be donated.
LSU vs. McNeese State Softball Game
Wednesday, Oct. 23 – 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
- Cheer on the Lady Tigers in their fall exhibition game against in-state opponent McNeese State at Lady Tiger Park. For more information, visit www.lsusports.net .
Greek Board of Directors Basketball Tournament
Wednesday, Oct. 23 – 6-10 p.m.
- The Greek Board of Directors is sponsoring a three-on-three basketball tournament at the UREC Student Recreation Complex’s basketball courts. Participants must be LSU students and have pre-registered by Oct. 9. For more information, visit www.lsu.edu/greeklife .
Oxfam Hunger Banquet
Wednesday, Oct. 23 – 6:30 p.m.
- During the fourth annual Oxfam Hunger Banquet, held in the LSU Student Union’s Cotillion Ballroom, participants share a meal, discuss worldwide poverty, and learn more about local efforts to make a difference. The event is free, but a suggested admission is one to two cans of food that can be donated to the Homecoming Committee’s CANapalooza food drive benefitting the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. This interactive, empowering event that simulates the world's inequities is sponsored by Kitchens on the Geaux at LSU.
Battle of the Bands
Thursday, Oct. 24 – 5 p.m.
- LSU Student Government’s Students on Target group will host the annual Battle of the Bands on the Parade Ground. The competition will be among four student, faculty, and staff bands – Deacon Jones, Rockin’ Rouge, The Collective Band and Knew Identity.
Homecoming Pep Rally
Thursday, Oct. 24 – 7 p.m.
- Don’t miss the Homecoming Court, the cheerleaders, Tiger Girls, Mike the Tiger, the Golden Band from Tigerland, and the Golden Girls in this exciting celebration of Tiger spirit and preparation for weekend’s the athletic contests. The rally will be held on the Parade Ground.
Thursday, Oct. 24 – 8:15 p.m.
- Following the pep rally at the Parade Ground, this year’s Homecoming concert will feature R&B/pop artist Karmin, best known for hits, “Brokenhearted,” which reached the top 40 in the U.S., and “Hello,” which reached number one on the Dance Billboard Chart in the U.S.
Friday, Oct. 25-Sunday, Oct. 27
- Family Weekend hosts all LSU parents and families for this traditional, annual visit to campus and an exciting weekend with their student. Advance registration was required by early October. Registered families can expect fun events like a dessert social, tailgate, group seating for the football game, and a jazz brunch Sunday.
LSU vs. Tulane Swimming and Diving Meet
Friday, Oct. 24 – 6 p.m.
- Watch LSU swimmers and divers take on in-state rival and historical opponent, Tulane, at the Natatorium. For more information, visit www.lsusports.net .
NPHC New Member Presentation
Friday, Oct. 25 – 6:30 p.m.
- The National Pan-Hellenic Council, or NPHC, will have a new member presentation at the Greek Amphitheatre. The event is free and open to the public. In case of rain, the event will be moved to the Union Theater.
Greg Gibbens Ghost Chase
Friday, Oct. 25 – 7 p.m.
- This annual 3K fun run is hosted by University Recreation every October in memory of a former employee named Greg Gibbens. Starting at the UREC Student Recreation Complex, participants in costume will race the three kilometers for the chance to win the Ghost Chase Title. This race is children- and pet-friendly. For more information, including how to register, visit http://lsuuniversityrec.com/lsuurec/ghostchase .
LSU vs. Missouri Volleyball Tournament
Friday, Oct. 25 – 7 p.m.
- Come see the Lady Tigers take on SEC opponent, Missouri, in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. For more information, visit www.lsusports.net .
LSU vs. Georgia Soccer Tournament
Friday, Oct. 25 – 7 p.m.
- LSU tackles SEC opponent, Georgia, at the LSU Soccer Stadium in this third-to-last tournament before the SEC Championships. For more information, visit www.lsusports.net .
Greek Lawn Decoration Competition Display
Saturday, Oct. 26, and Sunday, Oct. 27– All Day
- View the creative and spirited lawn decorations in front of Greek chapter homes along West Lakeshore Drive throughout the day. Student organizations will also have their artistic, spirited banners on display in front of the Union.
LSU Homecoming Parade
Saturday, Oct. 26 – 11 a.m.
- In 1941, LSU held its inaugural Homecoming Parade as 52 campus organizations took part in the Tiger Parade. Don’t miss seeing this year’s Homecoming Court, bands and floats in the LSU Homecoming Parade. The parade goes through a 2.9-mile trek around campus starting near the LSU University Administration Building on West Lakeshore Drive, turning onto South Stadium Drive, turning again on Fieldhouse Drive, and traveling down Dalrymple Drive back to West Lakeshore Drive. To view the parade route, visit www.lsu.edu/homecoming .
LSU African American Cultural Center Tailgate
Saturday, Oct. 26 – Noon-4 p.m.
- The LSU African American Cultural Center is hosting a Homecoming tailgate at the new African American Cultural Center, located on the first floor of the LSU Parking Garage building on Raphael Semmes Road.
Saturday, Oct. 26 – Noon- 4 p.m.
- The winners of the Homecoming competitions will be announced at the tailgate, sponsored by the Homecoming Student Committee and held on the Parade Ground. Students should show Tiger Card LSU ID for free tailgating favorites, like hamburgers, hotdogs and jambalaya. Entertainment will be provided by country singer Canaan Smith and zydeco band Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band.
LSU Football vs. Furman University
Saturday, Oct. 26 – 6 p.m.
- The 2013 Homecoming game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. in Tiger Stadium and will be broadcast on 98.1 FM and on pay per view. The Homecoming king and queen will be crowned on the field during halftime festivities.
Sunday, Oct. 27 – 11:30 a.m.
- At this special trick-or-treat hosted by the LSU Academic Center for Student-Athletes at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center’s plaza, LSU student-athletes from all sports will be on hand to distribute candy to trick-or-treating children. The center is requesting everyone who attends bring canned goods to benefit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Admission is free and open to the public.
LSU Volleyball vs. Arkansas
Sunday, Oct. 27 – 1 p.m.
- Come cheer for the LSU volleyball team as it takes on the Arkansas Razorbacks at 1 p.m. in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center for this special Halloween event. Fans have the opportunity to win prizes and participate in the Halloween costume parade by being dressed up in their costume. Then post-match, fans can obtain autographs and candy from the volleyball team. Admission is free and open to the public. Canned food will be collected for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. For more information visit www.lsusports.net .
Trick or Treat on the Row
Sunday, Oct. 27 – 3-5 p.m.
- The Panhellenic Council at LSU will host the annual Trick or Treat on the Row celebration. Local children and families are welcomed onto West Lakeshore Drive for free Halloween trick or treating at the sorority and fraternity houses.
Black Student Union Gala
Sunday, Oct. 27 – 7-11 p.m.
- The Black Student Union will host its annual gala in the Grand Salon of the French House, located on Highland Road at South Campus Drive, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.. This event is a black and white semi-formal event. The Black Student Union is the third largest student organization on campus and is interested in working to improve the quality of life for African-American students by tackling issues that directly affect their community.
LSU Homecoming 2013 is made possible thanks to generous donations to the university by presenting sponsor Campus Federal Credit Union, along with additional funding support from Burbank Commons, The Cottages of Baton Rouge, ExxonMobil, Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry, U Club Commons and University Crescent. In addition to providing funding for Homecoming, a portion of these sponsors’ donations – a total of $5,500 – was contributed to the LSU general scholarship fund. Additionally, in-kind donations were made to LSU Homecoming by LSU Dining.
LSU Homecoming is coordinated by LSU Campus Life, a unit within the Office of the Dean of Students and the Division of Student Life and Enrollment. Attendees who require accommodations due to a medical need or disability should contact Campus Life at least seven days in advance of the event.