Friday, Dec 6, 2013
Carbondale Welcomes Homecoming Crowds
JACKSON COUNTY-- Thousands of students and alumni are marking homecoming at SIU this weekend and it's good news for local businesses.
Sales skyrocket as returning Salukis head to their favorite spots and hotels are booked months in advance.
Local businesses like Pagliai's Pizza will be busy keeping up with that high demand all weekend.
"It's like we come alive when everyone comes back into town," pizza shop manager Melissa Parson enthused.
Pag's pizza has a major following after 43 years in Carbondale.
"Every year they come back, we tell the same stories, they take pictures in front of the oven," said Parson.
SIU has prepared all week for the celebration. Tailgating tents are set up, ready for thousands of fans.
"It's special because it has that Saluki spirit, campus spirit, school spirit builds up to a point where you have to get out and do something," senior Mike Maxwell added.
It's an annual tradition for alumni like Melissa Koonce and her Saluki family.
"Fun to be back with your old friends. These are the people I went to school with," Koonce added.
University Museum Saluki Brunch
10 a.m. – Noon
North End of Faner Hall, Door 12
SIU Carbondale Homecoming Parade
Sponsored by the SPC Homecoming Committee
SIU Alumni Tailgate
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sponsored by the SIU Alumni Association
Student Services Building Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
Student Services Building
Homecoming Football Game vs. North Dakota State
2 p.m. Kick-off
Sponsored by Saluki Athletics
42nd Annual Miss Eboness Pageant
Sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc
SPC Films: Grown Ups 2
7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Student Center Auditorium
Sponsored by the SPC Films Committee
Wind: 16 MPH
Humidity: 86 %