Tianfan Chen ‘16, Staff Writer
As we are reaching the end of October, Merrimack alumni, students, faculty and staff prepare to mark Homecoming Weekend, which opens tonight (Oct. 25).
First on the agenda for Homecoming Weekend are the men’s soccer game vs. American International College on the Marton-Mejail Field, and women’s volleyball vs. LeMoyne at the Hamel Court at Merrimack Athletics Complex. Both start at 7 p.m.
At 8 p.m., the Mr. Merrimack competition will be held in Rogers Center for the Arts. Contestants will vie for the coveted title and crown. Afterward, you can cap off your night with a visit to Augie’s Pub in the Sakowich Campus Center.
Major events fill the day Saturday. Starting at 8 a.m., the annual Homecoming 5k Run: Hope for Haiti will start from Austin Hall. This event will race through campus, and benefits the Merrimack College Haiti Service Learning Initiative. The Haiti Service Learning Initiative funds students’ expenses to travel to Haiti, allowing them to provide health care, education and access to clean water.
At 9:30 a.m., alumni, staff, faculty and current students will gather together on third floor of the Sak for a Merrimack Reunion. The Math Center will celebrate its 25th Anniversary at 10 a.m. at the Merrimack Club, also in the Sak; there will be a reunion for peer and professional tutors from the Math Center.
Also at 10 a.m., the Annual Greek Life Meeting will take place in the Blue Line Club, at the Athletic Complex. Fraternity and sorority alumni will have a complimentary continental breakfast.
Homecoming Tailgate and Carnival Fun Zone will be held in the Sak parking lot at 11 a.m.. A Homecoming Cookout with a 21+ Beer Tent (ID required) at the Martone-Mejail Field will begin at 11:30. DJ Wyatt will also be joining the Tailgate before the football game. There will be contests for the best menu, the largest class participation and most Merrimack spirit.
The football team will play Bentley University at Martone-Mejail Field 1 p.m. For special ticket pricing and packages, go to www.merrimack.edu/homecoming.
There are three major events after the football game at 5 p.m.: a celebration of Mass in Cascia Hall; women’s volleyball vs. St. Rose at Hamel Court; and dinner will be held in Sparky’s Place in the Sake. Adult will pay $10.90 and children $8 for dinner.
In the Warrior Village Courtyard adjacent to Buildings 3 and 5, the gift dedication for the Class of 2013 will begin at 5:30 right before the hockey game.
Hockey kicks off at 7, against Army. The game will be played in J. Thom Lawler Arena. For tickets, go to www.merrimack.edu/homecoming.
Dueling Pianos at Augie’s Pub in the Sak, starting at 9:30, will wrap up the eventful day; 88 Keys and the Truth will be performing at the event as well.
A new feature of Homecoming will be Saturday’s “Distinction in Action” tours of the newly renovated Merrimack Athletic Complex, the expanded Health Science Center and the Volpe Innovation Center, including the Markets Business Lab and the Writers House. Tours depart from the Dicorce Family Lobby, inside the Athletic Complex, at 10:30, 10:45, 11, 11:15 and 11:45 a.m.