Christina Collins Burton
Editor in Chief
Rainy weather and chilly winds did nothing to dampen the Leopard pride of students, alumni and their families for the University of La Verne’s Homecoming fair Saturday.
With the Campus Activity Board’s theme of “Once Upon a Time…” for inspiration the clubs and organizations told the original stories of the fairy tales that brought their booths and floats to life.
“In the summer we were trying to think of themes…and we felt it would be really cool to do” CAB major events co-chair Brittney Martinez said.
Martinez and her fellow co-chair Alexandra Orozco, developed the idea based on the original versions of fairy tales, instead of the Disney adaptation of them.
Themes ranged from the dark Grimm fairy tales to even a foreign love story from Japanese folklore.
“It’s nice to actually show support for your school,” junior speech and communication major Will Reilley said. “I liked last year’s theme better but at least people were actually following it this year, last year it seemed like people misinterpreted the theme.”
Sigma Kappa presented “The Frog Prince” with the activity of pin the kiss on the frog, cookie decorating and the opportunity for guests to the booth to decorate cards for Hillcrest residents.
“I like the idea of looking beyond the outside and looking on the inside” philanthropy chair for Sigma Kappa Katie Hall said. “The princess didn’t know he was a prince and had to accept him.”
The Latino Student Forum decorated its booth with a “Pinocchio” theme, handing out churros and small toys for guests to their booth. Like games offered on Pleasure Island in the Pinocchio story, LSF’s games offered a ring-toss to see if participants can get a ring to land on Pinocchio’s nose.
“A lot of alumni bring their kids so we’re making it interactive for the little kids,” LSF Vice President Ibis Cordero said.
The floats featured this year reflected the themes of the 12 organizations that participated in the Homecoming parade.
Floats included a “Jack and the Beanstalk” float, submitted by Phi Sigma Sigma, which showed a ULV graduate sitting on the top of the beanstalk with a degree while a person stood at the foot of the beanstalk with a sad face on.
The floats were judged on how well they matched their submitted theme and how well they stayed together. If the floats were submitted late or were even one inch too large, they were disqualified.
All of the organizations walked down Second Street through the booths pulling their floats behind them followed closely by last year’s Homecoming king and queen and this year’s court.
During halftime of the football game, the winners of the booth and float competition were announced. Sigma Kappa won first place for both booth and float, Sigma Alpha Epsilon won second place in both competitions for its “Pied Piper” theme. Zulema De La Torre was crowned Homecoming queen and Kevin Dowell as Homecoming king.
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