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Homecoming on Tap This Weekend: Reunions, Football and Stephen Colbert

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October 3, 2006

Homecoming Traffic Alert

University Police remind all parkers that on Friday October 20, beginning at 5:30 p.m., there will be limited access into and from the main campus during the Homecoming parade.

Access to all lots and drives east of Sheridan Road will be closed until the parade ends at approximately 9:30 p.m. Lincoln Street will remain open to westbound traffic until the parade reaches that street. After which, it will be closed until the parades end.

The Homecoming parade will make Sheridan Road from Clark to Lincoln Streets unavailable to the Purple, Purple Express, Ryan Field and Intercampus shuttles from 5:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. Therefore, the following temporary changes are being made:

The Purple and Purple Express Student Shuttles, which normally begin at 9 p.m., will begin at 10 or 10:30 p.m. depending on when Sheridan Road is reopened.

The last six round trips made by the Ryan Field Shuttle, beginning with the 5:26 p.m. run departing from Ryan Field, will detour north on Sherman Avenue after its normally scheduled stop at the Foster L Stop, then proceed onto Central Street heading west toward Ryan Field. Therefore, none of its normal stops from Clark/Chicago through Patten Gym will be made. You may pick the shuttle up at any corner along the detour route (east side of Orrington Avenue) by flagging the driver down.

The Intercampus Shuttle will operate on a detour beginning with the northbound 5:10 p.m. trip from the Ward Building until service ends Friday night. The northbound trips will turn west onto Clark Street from Chicago Avenue, turn north on Sherman, then west on Central Street to continue its normal route. The southbound trips beginning at Ryan Field will follow its normal route until it leaves the Foster L Stop. Afterwards, the bus will travel south on Sherman, then turn east on Clark and south on Chicago Avenue, heading towards the Chicago Campus. Once again, you may pick the shuttle up at any corner along the detour route on the appropriate side of the street by flagging the driver down.

Weekend Events

Northwestern alumnus Stephen Colbert, star and executive producer of the Emmy-nominated late-night series on Comedy Central, “The Colbert Report,” will serve as Grand Marshal for the Homecoming Parade this weekend (Oct. 20-22).

During the 7 p.m., Oct. 20 Marching Band Homecoming Concert and Pep Rally at Cahn Auditorium, the Wildcat Marching Band will perform pre-game, half-time and Ryan Field favorites during a program directed by School of Music faculty member Daniel J. Farris. Guests will include Willie the Wildcat, members of Northwestern's football coaching staff and the Ladycats Dance Team. Admission is free and seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis.

The 2006 Homecoming Parade begins at 8 p.m., Oct. 20 at the intersection of Sheridan Road and Chicago Avenue and proceeds north on Sheridan Road to Lincoln Street. This year’s Homecoming week theme is “Roll Out The Purple Carpet,” inspired by Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

Football fans also are invited to help greet the University’s football team when it arrives at Ryan Field by joining the Wildcat Marching Band and singing the Northwestern “Fight Song” at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 during the Walk With Us event. Meet at the corner of Ashland and Walker Way (the driveway between Ryan Field and Welsh-Ryan area).

The 9 a.m. Saturday pre-game Wildcat Alley Alumni Tailgate party at Rocky Miller Park, at the corner of Ashland and Isabella, is open to the public. The tailgate party will end at 10:45 a.m.

The 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 Homecoming Game at Ryan Field will pit the Wildcats against the Michigan State Spartans.