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Homecoming Gives Northwestern the Willies

October 27, 2004
Willie at the Rock

Photo by Stephen Anzaldi

Northwestern Homecoming festivities the weekend of Oct. 29 to 31 include a concert, parade, and football game against the Purdue Boilermakers.

It also is Reunion Weekend for the classes of 1959 (45th reunion), 1964 (40th), 1969 (35th), 1974 (30th), 1979 (25th), 1984 (20th), 1989 (15th), 1994 (10th) and 1999 (5th).

While current and former students participate in a variety of activities centered on socializing with classmates or former classmates, athletics and alumni education, the public is welcome to attend the Homecoming concert, parade and football game.

• During the 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29 Homecoming Concert at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble will headline the School of Music’s annual celebration of Wildcat spirit. This year’s concert also celebrates the 150th anniversary of John Philip Sousa’s birth. The program will include Leonard Bernstein’s “Profanation” from Symphony No. 1 (“Jeremiah”), Richard Wagner’s “Trauermusik” and Ottorino Respighi’s “The Pines of Rome.” Music faculty member Mallory Thompson, director of bands, will conduct.

Parking on campus will be limited because Sheridan Road will be closed to north- and southbound traffic between Lincoln Street and Hinman Avenue for the Homecoming Parade that starts right after the concert. Concert patrons can enter the parking lot south of Pick-Staiger by driving northbound on Sheridan Road.

• The Homecoming Parade begins at 8 p.m. at the intersection of Sheridan Road and Chicago Avenue and proceeds north on Sheridan Road to Lincoln Street.

The parade will include University President Henry S. Bienen; 2004 Parade Marshal Jay Scharer, an alumnus and media and entertainment executive; the Wildcat Marching Band, Marching Band alumni, outgoing Alumni Association President David Kragseth; incoming Alumni Association President Richard H. Dean; Willie the Wildcat, cheerleaders, drum majors and color guard, and parade student co-chair and Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences senior Bryan Tolles.

Homecoming events throughout the week will be tied to the Halloween theme, including the Oct. 29 “Nightmare on Sheridan Road” Parade. Floats crafted by students and alumni groups will be based on scary movies so parade goers may see floats inspired by “Scream,” “Poltergeist” or “Halloween.” Willie the Wildcat, Northwestern’s mascot, also will have a strong presence at campus events all week since the 2004 Homecoming Executive Board announced “NU Has the Willies” as the theme for this year’s festivities.

Ryan Field parking is available only to season ticket holders who have purchased parking passes. Use alternate on-campus parking and shuttle service to the game. For more information on the parade and related homecoming activities, contact Tom Bull at (847) 467-4309 or t-bull@northwestern.edu or visit http://www.alumni.northwestern.edu.

• The time of the Oct. 30 Homecoming football game against Purdue at Ryan Field will be announced at a later date. Reserved tickets are $20 for end zone seats and $40 for other seats. To order tickets for the football game, call the Athletic Ticket Office at (847) 491-CATS; purchase them at the Ryan Field ticket office at 1501 Central St., which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; or order tickets online at <nusports.com> by clicking “tickets.” Tickets also will be available at the Ryan Field Ticket Office the day of the Homecoming game. The ticket office will open three hours prior to game time. For more information, e-mail cat-tix@northwestern.edu.

For detailed information about homecoming and reunion events go to http://www.alumni.northwestern.edu and click the “Homecoming and Reunions Weekend, Oct. 29-31” hyperlink.

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