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Homecoming Weekend infuses campus with spirit

By Jennifer Freed
On September 21, 2011

  • Homecoming Queen Rachel Jakubowitcz and her friends. Photo by Julia Cagin

Red and gray figures crowded the bustling gymnasium as the College's Homecoming stirred up another large turn out Thursday night.
Phil Weisgold and Leigh Boorstein stepped onto the basketball courts with spirited voices, getting the crowd immediately excited for the weekend's events. Meanwhile, alumni from 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 2001, and 2006 celebrated Reunion, while honoring Henry Melchior Muhlenberg's 300th Birthday.
The campus was buzzing with activity as many alumni saw the College community in full swing with many of their favorite professors and current students. Thursday night started off right with Homecoming spirit and all of the College's finest teams stepped up to get the school enthused for the weekend. Each Senior captain spoke about his or her current athletic progress this season and wished other teams luck for the remainder of the year. After a few words, out came the dance teams! First, the cheerleading squad aimed to get the crowd excited and then the Perculators, MINT, and Soul Steppers danced their way onto the court to perform an amazing routine.
Friday night the campus was buzzing about MAC's (Muhlenberg Activities Council) big Homecoming Neon Party under the tent. The turnout was smaller than the previous night due to the temperature change, but despite the inclement weather, many students dressed up in hot pinks, neon yellows, greens, and blues to dance and eat the delicious assortment of candy spread out across tables.
On Saturday, more College alumni shuffled around campus reminiscing over their college memories and enjoying the various new additions to the school. At approximately 2:00 p.m. all College football fans, friends, family, students, and alumni made their way onto the bleachers as Muhlenberg put up a fight against rival McDaniel College. The main event of the Homecoming game is traditionally the half-time show, which takes weeks to plan to ensure it lives up to the standards the College expects. Before the Perculators, MINT, the Soul Steppers, and the cheerleaders could perform, the Homecoming Court was presented. The Homecoming Court consisted of four girls: Shira Kleinman, Rachel Jakubowitcz, Kaitie Burger, and Candace Eaton; and four boys: Phil Weisgold, Kadeem Alston-Roman, Jeffrey Brancato, and Kelly Kirkley. Rachel Jakubowitcz and Kelly Kirkley won the honor of Homecoming Queen and King, respectfully. However, it is a huge honor for all the participants of the Homecoming Court. The following people of the Homecoming court commented on their experience:
Kaitie Burger: "Being selected for the 2011 Homecoming Court was definitely a huge honor.  I was very excited to be able to represent the Senior Class along with my fellow nominees.  Homecoming weekend is always one of my favorite parts of the school year - I love to see all the alumni and so much 'Berg spirit on campus and being a part of the Homecoming Court just made it even more special.  I think my favorite part of the entire process was during the actual football game when we were presented on the field and, of course, the huge win by the football team!"
Jeff Brancato: "It was quite a surprise to have been nominated by my peers and then again by the nomination panel to the Homecoming Court!  I was so honored and humbled to have even been considered.  I really feel that our Court spanned a very wide basis of campus life (in terms of our involvement on campus).  In addition, I love that our Court wasn't what many people would view as the "traditional" Homecoming Court, and that is what makes Muhlenberg so special.  I am honored to have been able to take part in Muhlenberg history by being on the Homecoming Court and send my heartfelt congrats to Kelly and Rachel, who truly deserve this honor!"
Phil Weisgold: "I would say my only 'experiences' during the process were the interview, which was extremely entertaining, and then of course the Pep Rally and the game itself.  As for the interview, I got to divulge some stories of my pre-Freshman and Freshman year before I really knew how Muhlenberg 'worked' so to say.  At the Pep Rally it was extremely great to be able to host for the second year in a row with one of my best friends, Leigh Boorstein, and then to be presented as a candidate for Homecoming Court with another of my best friends, Shira Kleinman.  Once at the game I got very nervous walking onto the field.  Obviously finding out that I did not win wasn't the highlight of the game but actually seeing my fraternity brothers, our new members, administrators, staff, and my closest friends cheering me on and chanting my name with their signs made me feel like I was still their King."
Kadeem Alston-Roman: "Being nominated for Homecoming Court was a real treat and true honor.  After being chosen as one of the nominees by the Senior Class and finding out that my interview with the Homecoming panel was a success, I was proud that I made it to where I did.  Although winning the crown was the ultimate goal, I am glad that I had the privilege to stand on the field with an amazing group of finalists.  Kelly K. and Rachel J. are amazing people and I am truly happy for them.  They deserve it."
Shira Kleinman: "Homecoming and being on the Court was so fun! I went to a Jewish day school where we had no Homecoming Court or anything like that so it was very exciting from the get go! The process was a lot of fun because the candidates are not just selected by your peers but also by school administrators which means a lot. It was an honor to be nominated and it was fun to see all my friends out supporting the mules and all the candidates. Even though I lost, it was great to be able to return to the stands to see my family, current students, and alumni so excited that I got such a fantastic experience!"
Rachel Jakubowitcz: "Being a part of the process was really awesome. It was something I always wanted to do since my high school didn't have Homecoming Queen or King. It is really nice to be able to represent the College and my fellow students because I feel like the title isn't just for myself or the crown and sash. It's me representing the clubs I'm a part of, my sorority, and the Senior Class. I am so thankful to my friends for voting and sharing this special honor with me."

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