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Is Homecoming Coming Home Too Soon?
BY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS ON SEPTEMBER 14, 2014
Mouths dropped open and people started to whisper as they found out that homecoming was closer than they thought. This year homecoming was originally Sept. 12, whereas last year it was on the week of Halloween.
Here at Rose, spirit week is the week of our homecoming football game, which happens to be the third week of school.
“I think it would be better if it was later in the year because of the freshmen,” Student Government Association Vice President Taylor Clark said. “They’re still getting used to the school then they’re thrown into this the third week of school.”
Freshmen may have more things to get used to than many of the upper classmen. Things like trying to find their way around and getting used to new rules. They also had their SGA elections on the second week of school, which conflicted with elections for homecoming court.
“There was not enough time to do what needed to be done with campaigns,” freshman Secretary Michael Skahill said.
Another beginning of the year activity that had to be moved due to homecoming is senior convocation.
Senior convocation is normally at the beginning of the year, a month or two before homecoming, but now SGA has to wait until after homecoming to even begin planning.
Then there are some students who have a more positive view on this earlier homecoming and spirit week.
“Yeah I think it’s really fun,” Skahill says. “I mean after like two weeks you can just relax some and have fun.”
Some other students are also participating more than they have in past years.
“I didn’t do anything other than spirit week last year but this year I'm definitely going to the game," sophomore Noor Siddiqui said.
But this week is not all SGA and students, it completely revolves around the football game which the athletic department picks the date of.
Some people think homecoming week is all about the big football game, but there were multiple factors considered when the date was picked. The athletic directors might not want to pick another 4A school so we may have a better chance of winning the game. There is also the issue of ECU football. If there’s a game against one of ECU’s bigger rivals on Saturday there may not be a lot of people at a highschool game.
They also have fewer practices before the homecoming game.
“I think prep is different because we’re still getting into the flow of game day, and with homecoming so soon in the season we will have to practice extra hard to put on a show for our crowd,” senior Aaron Marr said.
Teamwork, besides skill of each athlete is arguably one of the most important things when playing a team sport.
“It is tough working on teamwork as well as your own athletic skills, but I think building your teamwork skills reflects on your personal growth as a player as well,” Marr said.
Seniors also have new leadership positions. Being the oldest and most experienced in a situation may be a lot to handle.
This years homecoming date posed a few major obstacles but none so major that the Rampants cannot handle them.