Hi 66 / Lo 42
|Volume 68, Issue 52,
Wednesday, November 6, 2002
Ed De La Garza
Josh Gajewski Nikie Johnson
Come home to UH
We at UH don't have the most aesthetically pleasing buildings or the most rigorous academic workload in the country. But what we can celebrate is our diversity.
The trek from the Communication Building to the University Center is more than just a journey for food or supplies. It's potentially a free, brief trip around the world. Students from 126 countries study at UH.
That's why it's refreshing to see the Homecoming Court alter its requirements for nomination considerations for the court.
For years, the Homecoming Court broke the natural laws, only accepting applications from students involved in various campus activities. But this year, the people on the committee made a change to try to open up the competition to more of the student body. They decided people could nominate themselves, even if they didn't get nominated by a group or were too busy with off-campus obligations to participate enough to get a group's nomination.
Officials in charge of the celebration saw quick returns. Fifty applications were turned in this year, a record that blew previous years' numbers out of the water.
This new method affords the majority of apathetic UH students an interesting opportunity. Most UH students are more concerned with future job prospects than current school spirit.
Having "Homecoming King" or "Homecoming Queen" on a résumé will certainly enhance job prospects, as it shows that the holders of those titles are leaders that a major university felt were worthy of high honors.
As the University looks ahead to a new Homecoming future, it will also look to the past. UH will commemorate the 40th anniversary of African-Americans participating in the festivities. Lynn Eusan, the 1968 queen, was UH's first African-American to wear the crown. The tremors from that earthquake can still be felt today.
Thanks to the efforts of Eusan and countless others, the average Joe, Jane and Jamal can carry the crown.
This inclusion won't have the same impact, but the "drive-through" UH student, who drives to campus for class and goes right back home, will have no more excuses for a lack of inclusion in campus activities.
The king and queen will be crowned at the Homecoming football game against East Carolina, which starts at 2 p.m. Saturday.
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