Jami Schaffnitt
coordinator of student activities at the Nebraskan Student Union, 308.865.8523

From Oct. 23-28, Nebraskans can get a taste of Tinseltown during Homecoming Week at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
Student festivities for Homecoming Week this fall are built on the theme “Lopers Go Hollywood,”
The first main event of Homecoming Week is a Lopers volleyball game against Missouri Western. The game begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, in the Health and Sports Center. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students.
Crowing of the homecoming king and queen take place after a lip sync competition on Thursday (Oct. 26) night. Preliminary voting for homecoming royalty will take place Thursday, Oct. 19, in the Nebraskan Student Union Atrium. Final voting is set for Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 23-24.
The third major event for Homecoming Week is the homecoming banquet, which will be held Friday, Oct. 27, at the Nebraskan Student Union beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 each, and reservations can be made by contacting the UNK Alumni Association at 308.865.8474 or via e-mail at mwidger@nufoundation.org.
Friday evening is also host to a volleyball game between UNK and the Colorado School of Mines. The match begins at 7 p.m. in the Health and Sports Center. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students.
Final events of the week take place on Saturday beginning with the Homecoming Parade down Central Avenue at 10 a.m.  At 1 p.m., the Loper football team plays Colorado Mines at Foster Field. Reserved seating  tickets for the game are $9 each, and general admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students. The homecoming king and queen, along with the royalty finalists, will be introduced during half-time of the game.
During Homecoming Week on the campus, student teams representing various organizations and residence halls will compete in a series of seven events to earn points towards winning the Homecoming Sweepstakes Competition. Those events include:

     – Limbo competition, 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, Nebraskan Student Union
     – Banner competition, 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, Health and Sports Center.
         Organizations are asked to      create a banner modeled after the
         “Lopers Go Hollywood” theme. Judges will rate banners based on
         creativity, spirit, workmanship and accordance with the theme.
     – Spirit competition, a pep rally for the UNK volleyball team, will take place
         in the Health and Sports Center after banner judging. The format of
         the spirit competition is that groups will perform a sprit song or cheer,
         and judges will critique participants using originality, enthusiasm and
         crowd response as criteria.
     – Trike race, 4 p.m., Wednesday in the Nebraskan Student Union Courtyard.
         The three-wheeled alternative to NASCAR, competitors will be
         composed of      four-person teams, two men and two women. The team
         will race eight laps in a figure-eight racetrack.
     -Lip Sync competition, 7 p.m. Thursday in the Health and Sports Center.
         This competition is for those who wish to belt out a song, but may not
         have the lungs to do so. Organizations can enter more than one team,
         but they only earn points for their highest rated group. Judging will be
         based on appearance/costumes, creativity, choreography, lip synching
         accuracy and song choice.
     -Lawn Display competition, 2 p.m. Friday. Judges will begin rating the displays
         at 2 p.m. Acceptable posting locations include the fronts of residence
         halls and Greek houses, the south side of the Nebraska Student Union
         and Foster Field.
     -Float competition, 7 a.m. Saturday at Central Elementary School. After
         judging, floats then will be part of the 10 a.m. Homecoming Parade
         down Central Avenue. Floats must be based on the homecoming theme
         or demonstrate Loper spirit for the football against Colorado School of
         Mines Saturday afternoon.