Readers, you picked a good time to read my blog. Because things are getting very exciting at Amherst right now—it’s Homecoming! Woooooooo!
Homecoming is always such an exciting time of year. Campus is just buzzing right now with activity, everyone is pumped up for an awesome weekend, and I even saw the Lord Jeff mascot in Keefe Campus Center earlier today jumping around, giving hugs, and high five-ing alumni. There are some big events coming up, as everything truly gets started tonight with the Homecoming bonfire (brought to you by Social Council—“we’re everywhere you want to be”), a tradition that we’ve had for several years now. I’m lucky enough to be one of the emcees for the event, which I’m really excited to be doing. We’ll have a few a capella groups performing some songs, a skit or two, various team captains giving speeches to pump up the crowd, and some musical interludes from “DJ Rumble.”
I don’t want to jinx anything but it seems like the weather is going to be absolutely beautiful this weekend—60 and sunny! Not bad for mid-November, eh? I’m planning on taking full advantage of the sun (while it lasts), including playing a round of campus-golf later with one of my friends who graduated last year. The convenient thing about campus golf is that you need no real golf skills to play, since it’s just a pitching-wedge-and-tennis-ball activity. And let me tell you, whereas I probably couldn’t break 130 in a round of real golf, I can hang with the best of them when it comes to campus golf.
Tomorrow, of course, is the Homecoming Football game against Williams, a chance for everyone to renew our friendly-yet-intense rivalry with the ephs. Unfortunately, we lost last weekend (for the first time this season), but we can still win the NESCAC with a victory against Williams…I’m just going to say it now, I guarantee a win tomorrow. Now, to be fair, I won’t be playing football, or tackling anyone, so I really have no business making such guarantees—but I will be cheering quite aggressively. It’s going to be an awesome time.
I’ve been pretty busy lately preparing for something new we’re trying this year: a pre-game pep-rally on the Freshman Quad for the football game. Along with the AAS, a few of us got a little “spirit committee” together a week ago, and thought of this idea. Basically, the plan is to get fans together in one place so that everyone can head to the game as a big group. Everything gets started at 10:45. We’re having pizza, donuts, cider and coffee, some games and activities, and, most importantly—a live performance from Thug Wilderness, a band with a few alums and a few current students.
As you can tell, there’s a lot going on at Amherst this weekend. I can’t wait for everything to get started. I’ll give you guys a full update early next week!