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Homecoming 2014: Not just for alumni

UNB Homecoming is not only for those returning to their old stomping grounds.

UNB’s annual Homecoming Weekend kicks off Thursday, Sept. 25, and the Alumni Association has worked to include current students in some of the events.

“Homecoming started off as a chance to bring alumni back to the campus, but two years ago we made a decision that we wanted Homecoming to be about UNB campus,” said alumni advancement coordinator Annette Wetmore.

“We’ve turned Homecoming into a chance for everybody who’s part of the UNB community to come back to campus to enjoy a variety of events and to reconnect with classmates. I really hope students take a chance and come out to any of the events that are available.”

Homecoming begins on Thursday with a meet-and-greet and registration. At 9 p.m. that night in the SUB, Rich Aucoin will perform at the annual Homecoming Concert.

Friday is Red and Black Day. Students are encouraged to wear their school colours with pride.

“This weekend is about celebrating UNB. It’s about finding an opportunity to get out with classmates and friends and wear your red and black. It’s a celebration of everything that is UNB,” Wetmore said.

At 11:30 a.m. on Friday, a kick-off barbecue takes place in the quad in front of Toole Hall. Students can enjoy a hamburger, a drink, and a piece of cake for only $2.

Students can also fulfill their intellectual appetite by checking out two other events: Explore UNB: Doors Open UNB and UNBelievable Research at UNB.

“We have a Doors Open event where if you’d like to go in and see the Earth Sciences Centre or see the Observatory, just a few places where you can drop in that you normally might not visit,” Wetmore said.

The UNBelievable Research at UNB event will take place in the Wu Centre at 1:30 p.m. and will focus on five different researchers working with UNB. The showcase will demonstrate how this research impacts our daily lives whether we know it or not.

The day will finish off with a Lobster Boil and Maritime Kitchen Party, beginning at 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. respectively.

“The biggest event of our weekend is our Lobster Boil Maritime Kitchen Party which we’re doing in the Currie Centre for the first time. We have a great maritime band called Bottoms Up. We had them last year and they’re awesome at getting people up and stomping their feet,” said Wetmore.

The next day is the annual football game: UNB Fredericton vs. UNB Saint John.

“We have a football rally which is really aimed at the student population. That’s a chance to get together, listen to some good music and get everyone revved up in their red and black,” Wetmore said.

“Then at about 12:30 we head up to the field for the football game which is the only Homecoming football game in Canada where the home school can’t lose because it’s UNB against UNB.”

Later that night at 7 p.m., the Homecoming Tasting will take place in the SUB’s atrium.

“We’ve gathered seven different companies from around New Brunswick and they have wine, beer, mead and cider,” said Wetmore.

The weekend ends on Sunday morning with a Farewell Breakfast to the alumni in Long Hall.

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