Homecoming Dance Draws Students Downtown
Published: Sunday, October 6, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 6, 2013 23:10
Boston College students celebrated the revamped Homecoming Weekend at the Homecoming dance on Saturday night. The dance took place at the Sheraton Boston, following BC’s win against Army on Saturday afternoon. Tickets sold out by Friday afternoon and the dance floor of the Sheraton Hotel was crowded with BC students come Saturday night. Melanie MacLellan, programming manager of on-campus events for UGBC and A&S ’14, was pleased with the Homecoming event.
“Homecoming was absolutely a success,” MacLellan said on Sunday. “It was a sold-out event, people really seemed to enjoy it, the dance floor was constantly full, and I have gotten nothing but positive feedback since the event started last night. My team did such a great job staffing this event, especially Karryn Christiansen [CSON ’16] and Matt Mannella [A&S ’15], the coordinators of special events, who planned everything.”
Homecoming was held in one of the Sheraton Boston’s large reception halls. DJs John Pierson, BC ’12, and Basic Physics entertained the crowd for more than three hours. Students danced under strobe lights and mingled by the late-night snacks and refreshments. A long line trailed through the side of the reception hall as students waited to squeeze into the Nights on the Heights (NOTH)-sponsored photo booth with friends.
In total, 1,800 tickets were distributed for this year’s Homecoming. One thousand and seven hundred tickets were sold via Robsham Theater’s website and 100 were provided to the Montserrat Coalition. Students were greeted with glow sticks at the entrance of the reception hall and many took advantage of the UGBC-sponsored buses that transported students back to campus at the end of the evening.
MacLellan said there were minimal behavioral issues at the event.
“There were a couple of ambulance transportations but they were at the beginning of the event and that issue subsided quickly,” MacLellan said. “The security staff and the SPO staff at the event did a great job handling those issues.”
BC students celebrated Homecoming Weekend alongside faculty, alumni, and family for the first time in over two decades. The festivities kicked off on Friday night with a football pep rally on Shea Field, featuring a fireworks display. On Saturday, a FanFest was held in the Flynn Recreation Complex, alongside a series of alumni events for former varsity athletes, before the football game at 1 p.m.
In an interview earlier this semester, Director of Athletics Brad Bates described the inspiration for Homecoming Weekend as twofold.
“One, we wanted to engage our alumni in ways that would get them back to the Heights, and provide them with a home football game as entertainment and a reason for everyone to get together as classmates, as teammates, as friends, visit former faculty members and that sort of thing,” Bates said. “And the other part of it that inspired the concept was that there’s been this ongoing Homecoming Ball, and so integrating the student event with alumni events was really what we’re trying to engage around football weekend.”
With a successful Homecoming Weekend, MacLellan hopes the celebration continues in the years to home, saying that a true Homecoming could become a great tradition at BC.
“The athletics department and SPO did a great job programming the fireworks and the game,” MacLellan said. “I hope this continues in the future.”
MacLellan and the department for on-campus programming are already beginning to plan for the upcoming events of this year, including the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and the Annual Pub Series.