After weeks of preparation and a weekend full of partying, Southeastern’s Homecoming Week has come to an end. The lions fought a tough battle on the field against the Stephen F. Austin University Lumberjacks on Saturday, but lost by a point. The final score was 28-27.
“Even though we lost, it was still a really good game. We’ve been winning a lot this season, I guess we can’t win them all. The crowd was lit though and I had a good time,” Daniel Lee, sophomore kinesiology major, said.
Tailgating began before sunrise as students and alumni set up their tents near Friendship Circle. Games, activities and a bounce house was available for children. The homecoming parade started later than the 3 pm set time but that did not keep those tailgating from joining in on the bead and candy flinging. Students, family, friends, children and alumni all gathered around the on-campus streets and watched as students on floats and vehicles decorated by student organizations had a blast showcasing their Lion pride.
“The parade is probably one of my favorite parts about tailgating because the people on the floats are so hype and get everyone else hype. Plus I collect all the candy,”James Pierce, senior Graphic Design major, said.
Tailgating and pre-game fun resumed until the stadium gates opened for the football game at 5 pm.
During halftime at the game, seniors D.J. Cannon and Si-Arah McCray were crowned King and Queen of Homecoming 2015. Both are active students in campus activities and organizations with academic honors.
After the game, Hammond did not stop there with the festivities. Homecoming Committee collaborated with the Downtown Development District and Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce to create “Railroad Roar”. This is a new project where businesses with game-day spirit participate by extending discounts and specials to fans in Southeastern gear and present their game ticket when purchasing to receive the discounts and other offered advantages. Merchants and businesses such as PJ’s Coffee, Tacos & Beer, and La Caretta, Red White & Brew participated along with many others.