by Andrea Lee / Staff Reporter
Students are getting geared up for homecoming as it draws near with SPEED having tons of fun activities in store for the week of. This year’s homecoming dance is being held by Roosevelt’s SPEED organization at Chicago’s famous Navy Pier, and will certainly be a night to remember.
According to one SPEED member and biology major Areej Askar, “To find the perfect venue, we took a lot of things into consideration such as setup, student population size and fees.”
Over the past few years, the university has held homecoming at well-known venues such as Wrigley field, the Adler planetarium and the Willis Tower. This year, the theme of famous Chicago locations stuck with SPEED coordinators when searching for the perfect homecoming venue.
“We looked at the Chicago Sports museum and Navy Pier,” said Askar. “After looking over student population size and location, the decision ended up being Navy Pier. More students could attend the event as the venue has a larger capacity size, and they have a great outside view for pictures.”
Some of the components considered by members of SPEED when organizing Roosevelt’s homecoming dance included ticket prices, decorations, music and transportation to the venue.
“All in all, we wanted to find the ideal spot for students to have a good time and have a good view,” said Askar.
When it comes to homecoming week at Roosevelt, SPEED helps to organize engaging events leading up to the dance. To no one’s surprise, this year is no different.
According to SPEED member and homecoming week coordinator and psychology major Vanessa Ayala, “We are kicking off Homecoming week with a Create-Your-Own License Plate & Build-A-Bear event. This event will be on Monday, Oct. 14 from 12-3 p.m. in Wabash 317, with drinks and snacks provided.”
“On Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 4-7 p.m., we will have the glow in the dark roller skating,” said SPEED member and criminal justice and psychology major Maria Sanchez. “This was a very interesting choice for a homecoming week event, as we felt it was kind of impossible to bring a roller skating rink to the Ida B. Wells lounge. But surprisingly, the company was willing to work with our measurements.” The homecoming volleyball game will also be on Tuesday, as well, against Robert Morris at 7:00 pm.
There will also be a trivia night held on Wednesday Oct. 16 where students will have the chance to win prizes while competing against one another.
The actual homecoming dance is being held on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 7:00 p.m., with shuttle buses being provided by Transportation SPEED to take students from the university to Navy Pier.
“The dress code is formal, so students can expect to dress to what they feel that formal is,” said Sanchez. “Students can meet us in the Wabash Lobby to board the bus as well as they should expect to sign a waiver when they arrive. There will be a coat check available at the venue, so students should not worry about carrying extra things in their hands.”
“We want all students to have fun, as we have planned this event for students to come and enjoy the night,” said Sanchez. “Every SPEED member has done a great job with the planning, and making our ideas such as homecoming week and the dance to come to life.”