So much spirit, so little time! Manage your Illinois State University 2015 Homecoming Week schedule with ISU Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America’s full-proof event guide.
Homecoming Carnival from 7-11 p.m.
First Floor of Bone Student Center
Step under the big top (or to the first floor of the Bone) and enjoy classic carnival foods, carnival games, and a performance by Gamma Phi Circus at the ISU Homecoming Carnival!
Grease at 7 p.m.
The Normal Theatre
Break out your leather jackets and primp your poodle skirts: WBNQ hosts a screening of Grease at the Normal Theatre, located in Uptown Normal. Tickets are $7, snacks are $1, and singing along is encouraged.
Backstory of the Bird at 4:30 p.m.
Did you know ISU used to be home to the mighty Fighting Pedagogs? Aren’t you a little curious to find out what a Pedagog is? Join Reggie Redbird and University Archivist April Anderson out on Milner Plaza to learn more about Reggie’s humble beginnings and the evolution of a mascot.
Pack the Arena: Redbird Volleyball at 6 p.m.
If you plan to #BackTheBirds as they spike Wichita State, do not leave after the game ends! Stick around Redbird Arena for the crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen as well as Hoopfest: an exhibition to introduce the 2015-2016 Redbird basketball team!
The End of the Tour / 7 p.m.
The Normal Theatre
If volleyball’s not your thing, pop over to the Normal Theatre and check out the critically acclaimed David Foster Wallace biopic “The End of the Tour.” The movie follows journalist David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) as he interviews Wallace (Jason Segal) during a 1996 book tour for Wallace’s most-revered novel, “Infinite Jest” (which he finished writing during his tenure at ISU). Tickets are $7, but the joy of seeing a slice of ISU’s history on the big screen is priceless.
Homecoming Bonfire from 9-11 p.m.
Outside Redbird Arena
Continue the post-Hoopfest excitement with music, drinks, and free pizza outside of the arena.
Town and Gown 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run / 8-9:30 a.m.
Student Fitness Center
Are you ready to run? Register online for Saturday morning’s annual 5K and Fun Run. If you are not ready to lace up, head over, and cheer on your favorite runnin’ Redbirds. Refreshments will be provided post-race to all runners courtesy of the Town of Normal.
Homecoming Parade from 10-11:30 a.m.
Kicks off at the corner of University St. and College Ave.
A time-honored tradition! Find a comfy seat on the sidewalk and catch some candy at the annual ISU Homecoming Parade. The parade kicks off on College Ave., snakes through Uptown, and ends on School St.
Redbird Football vs. Western Illinois University / 2 p.m.
Don’t miss out as the Redbirds take on (take down) Western Illinois University. If you are nervous about getting tickets to the game, don’t fret! Check out the student tickets section of GoRedbirds.com.
Redbird Soccer vs. Evansville / 1 p.m.
Adelaide Street Field
If you are still spirited enough to #BackTheBirds on Sunday, join Redbird Soccer at Adelaide Street Field as they take on Evansville.
Be proud to be a Redbird and embrace the homecoming environment for the remainder of this week. Go Redbirds!
Written by Kelsey Farrell
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