Azusa Pacific Homecoming

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Last Friday, October 19, Azusa Pacific University hosted its Subzero Drop-It-Low dance. (Photo courtesy of Julia Derogatis)

By Julia Derogatis | Staff Writer

October 24, 2012

Homecoming is a fabulous time at DP: school spirit surges and the days fly by in a blur of crazy outfits until the night of the big game arrives.

However, high schools are not the only ones that go all out for this event. Some colleges also engage in homecoming rituals, and they do it bigger and crazier.

Last Friday, October 19, Azusa Pacific University hosted its Subzero Drop-It-Low dance.

Students walked through a black tunnel and emerged into a room of flashing lights, falling snow, and glowing ice structures.

Azusa’s homecoming dance had a simple dress code: white.

The environment of this pre-homecoming night dance was much more casual than that of high school dances because for the students it was all about the fun and not the clothes or dates.

Azusa freshman and DP alumni Chandler Nolan is on the Campus Life Crew, a campus group in charge of school festivities. When asked about the purpose of the dance, she said, “It’s just for fun! Everything is more casual so you feel like you can enjoy yourself more.”

In comparison to high school dances, which feature the occasional slow dance for the couples, Azusa’s dance was much more wild. The DJ played non-stop upbeat music, Red Bull was in abundant supply, and students danced on glowing ice cubes and crowd-surfed until well after midnight.

DP alum Chandler Nolan poses for a picture during Azusa’s homecoming dance. (Photo courtesy of Julia Derogatis)

“I literally danced from 9:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. and I didn’t even notice all that time passing,” Chandler said. “It was so much fun.”

Another upside is that the college DJ’s really knew what they were doing. “He was so good,” Chandler enthuses. “There wasn’t one song where people stopped and were like ‘what is this?’ You could dance for three hours straight and not stop.”

And many didn’t stop. Most of the students got back to their dorms at around three to four in the morning, covered in fake snow and exhausted from dancing, more like a high school prom than homecoming.

Many slept off their late nights until around 12 p.m., and then began getting ready for the homecoming game the next day.

Similar to DP, the college game is a big deal to both the students and the many families that go to the game together.

Like high school, Azusa also had its own homecoming court. Coincidentally, Azusa senior Christina Williams was on the Azusa court four years after being a princess in DP’s. However, in college the homecoming court is not as big of an event; all the voting is optional and online.

After their homecoming football game, the atmosphere was filled with excitement as people poured from the stadiums after a 24-17 victory for Azusa.

But instead of going straight home like the majority of high schoolers, the college students dispersed to hang out with their friends and play late-night rounds of victory volleyball around campus.

Overall, college homecoming is a much more easy-going event, driven by students just wanting to have a good time together.

The dance and game may be more attended, and curfew may be non-existent, but the basic idea of homecoming–celebrating school spirit–still remains.

High school is just a fun precursor to the real celebrations, according to Chandler.

“Everyday of college is like the best day of high school!”

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