Homecoming Spirit Competition Deadline Approaching

Posted: January 13, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jeremy Lasich

The George Mason Homecoming Committee is hosting a spirit competition for all university departments, offices, schools, and colleges during the weeks preceding Homecoming 2003, Feb. 18-22. The department that participates in all seven events and places highest in the three judged events will win the overall spirit competition. The winning team receives the traveling trophy, engraved with their department name; a plaque to keep in their department; and a pizza party costing up to $100.

The spirit competition begins with the office/door decorating contest, in which points will be awarded based on creativity, artistic design, incorporation of the Brazilian Carnival and Mason Mambo themes, and overall display of school spirit. A basketball, or picture of a basketball, must show up somewhere in the d├ęcor. The Homecoming Court will judge offices the week of Feb. 3 and narrow the selection down to their top five. Judges from the surrounding community will judge the final five the week of Feb. 10. First, second, and third places will be awarded no later than Feb. 15.

For the second event, contestants must decorate a Carnival Parade Mask on a twin-size sheet for display in the Johnson Center. The department name should appear on the banner. The deadline is Feb. 14, and banners should be hung in the Johnson Center Atrium by the end of the day. Each department is responsible for hanging their own banner.

The Carnival Costume Contest begins at noon Feb. 17 in the Johnson Center Atrium. Judging will be based on the most elaborate and creative use of materials.

Bowling Night with Students takes place Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. at Bowl America in Burke. At least one person from the department must enter. E-mail jperkin5@gmu.edu by Feb. 7 at to participate.

Faculty and staff are also encouraged to participate in the Dawg Gone Clothing Drive. All donations will be given to Yesterday’s Rose in Fairfax. The deadline is Feb. 19. Drop off garments at the Student Activities Office, SUB I, Room 101.

The Copacabana Song Contest begins at noon Feb. 20. Write your own George Mason spirit song to the “Copacabana” tune by Barry Manilow, and perform the song on the Johnson Center Atrium Stage.

The final event is participation in the Block Party in Parking Lot L before the men’s basketball team plays James Madison at 2 p.m. on Feb. 22.

Only departments that participate in all seven events will be eligible for the overall spirit award. If the departments that participate in all seven don’t place in the judged events, a lottery drawing will be held to determine the winner. Departments may also choose to compete in only one or all three judged events, but will not be eligible for the overall spirit award. There are individual awards for the three judged events.

For more information or to register, contact Traci Claar at (703) 993-8846 or tclaar@gmu.edu. More information will be posted on the Homecoming 2003 web site as it becomes available.

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