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Louisiana State of Mind

By Robyn Lua 

LSU celebrated its first official Homecoming on October 10, 1925. Since then, Homecoming has been an annual tradition for students, alumni, and the rest of the LSU community.

LSU is celebrating its 89th Homecoming this Saturday, October 25, and this year’s theme is “Louisiana State of Mind.” The festivities kicked off at the beginning of the week and are to continue right into the weekend. The LSU Homecoming Committee has been perfecting all the events down to every detail, and this Saturday’s activities are sure not to disappoint.

Events for Saturday are as follows:

Coffee for Cans Promotion at Barnes & Noble at LSU Bookstore

When:           All week
Where:          Starbucks (inside)
What:            The bookstore will offer a free tall dripped coffee* to any customer who donates 10 canned goods. These cans will contribute to CANapalooza.

Espresso drinks, including lattes, cappuccinos, frappuccinos, and the like, are not included in this offer.*


CANapalooza Display

When:           All day Saturday
Where:          Parade Ground
What:            Canned food is being collected throughout the week and will be constructed to replicate Tiger Stadium and Mike the Tiger’s Habitat. On game day, everyone is encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to the display tent or to any red food bank barrel around campus. The food will be donated to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank on Sunday evening.


Student Organization Banner Competition

When:           All week
Where:          LSU Student Union
What:            LSU student organizations created banners consistent with this year’s Homecoming theme, “Louisiana State of Mind.” The banners will be displayed outside the Union until the end of the day on Saturday.


Greek Lawn Decoration Competition Display

When:           All day
Where:          West Lakeshore Drive
What:            LSU sororities and fraternities have joined together to construct lawn decorations with the Homecoming theme in mind. These decorations will be displayed all day Saturday and Sunday.


Homecoming Parade

When:           11 am
Where:          Refer to map*
What:            A parade of LSU student organizations led by the band and homecoming court will make a 2.9 mile journey around campus.


Battle of the Bands

When:           12:00-3:00pm
Where:          Parade Ground
What:            Five student, faculty, and staff bands will compete against each other in the annual Battle of the Bands. The event is hosted by LSU Student Government’s Students on Target group.


Everybody’s Tent

When:           12-4 pm
Where:          Parade Ground
What:            Everyone in the Tiger community is welcome to the tent to enjoy great food and celebrate LSU’s Homecoming. Senior administrators and Student Government officials will be present to talk with students about their LSU experience and answer any questions they might have. This event is sponsored by LSU Student Government.


Homecoming Tailgate

When:           12-4 pm
Where:          Parade Ground
What:            LSU VIPs will be available to meet students, faculty, staff, and fans. The winner of the Homecoming competitions will be announced at the tailgate, and entertainment will be provided by U4ria, a local Baton Rouge band. Although this tailgate is free and open to the public, Students must provide their LSU ID to enjoy tailgating food favorites such as hotdogs, hamburgers, and jambalaya. This event is co-sponsored by the Homecoming Student Committee and LSU Student Government.


LSU African American Cultural Tailgate

When:           12-4 pm
Where:          African American Cultural Center, 1st floor of LSU Parking Garage
What:            A Homecoming tailgate will be hosted by the LSU African American Cultural Center on Raphael Semmes Road.


LSU Olinde Career Center Open House

When:           1-3 pm
Where:          LSU Olinde Career Center (inside Union)
What:            Everyone is invited to take a tour of the new location of the LSU Olinde Career Center, located on the 1st floor of the Union. Their services provide career decision-making, employee relations, and alumni career resources.


Homecoming Game

When:           6:15pm
Where:          Tiger Stadium
What:            Come out and support your Tigers in their match against Ole Miss! The homecoming court will be crowned during the halftime show. The game will be broadcast ESPN, ESPN2, and the SEC Network, as well as 98.1 FM.


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