Homecoming week at Missouri Western is in full swing, and behind the scenes, those within the Western Activities Council are juggling multiple events across campus.
This is WAC’s first time hosting homecoming at Missouri Western, and that balancing act requires those involved to respect tradition as well as come up with new ideas to host on campus.
Their homecoming theme, which focused on the ’90s, also was broad enough for decorations, outfits and events to have a clear hook.
“We immediately knew we needed a committee,” Homecoming Chair and WAC President Nah’Ryan Reed-Crawford said. “And so we knew, ‘OK, we have all this help with the traditional events, but what can we do to bring back some new stuff?’”
The blood drive, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today in the Blum Union Conference Rooms 218 and 219, is an annual event; and last year’s silent dance party was to make an appearance Wednesday night due to its popularity in last year’s homecoming activities.
Trivia night was a new addition this year, and Reed-Crawford made sure to get new MWSU President Matthew Wilson in on the fun, having him read questions and dress up for the occasion.
Furthermore, Griff Fit events had students sweating to the ’90s with hip-hop and Zumba dance fitness classes.
WAC also announced a traveling trophy for the loudest hall in order to get the dorms involved with homecoming festivities as well.
And should you set foot inside WAC’s main offices, decorations, balloons and a host of students are often planning for their next event.
“I knew with working, trying to take on president of WAC, chair of homecoming and being at all of the events, I needed to call off of work,” Redd-Crawford said. “So for me to prepare, I called off work in advance, I made sure that all of my homework was finished the weekend before the week started. Homecoming was my main focus. Everything else, I prepared to put to the side.”
With so much to keep track of, WAC’s Vice President of Finance Myia Kelly said the most important thing for the organization to do is go with the flow.
“My go-to with balancing school and all of this extra stuff is to let it flow,” Kelly said. “If something goes wrong, we just gotta move with it and keep going.”
Alumni and SGA events will be held Friday, Oct. 11, in preparation for a pep rally and bonfire later that night. The Homecoming Parade will take place at 9 a.m. Downtown prior to the football game between the Griffons and Missouri Southern University at 4 p.m.