NEW BRUNSWICK – The theme is set for Rutgers Homecoming 2010 in New Brunswick: “Code Red” is the rallying call for the three-day celebration featuring a festival, an outdoor screening of Toy Story 3, a 5K charity race and other public events for the entire community, Friday through Sunday, Oct.1 to 3.
Homecoming kicks off on Friday, Oct. 1, at 4 p.m. with a festival and pep rally for the university and surrounding communities at Buccleuch Park off of Easton Avenue. The pep rally will feature free prizes, live music and carnival games. The festival will conclude at 8 p.m. with a fireworks display set to music performed live by the Rutgers Marching Band. Radio station WMGQ/Magic 93 will host Homecoming Idol to select a winning vocalist.
In addition to Rutgers University Alumni Association-sponsored events, the Rutgers University Programming Association and Office of Student Life will sponsor a free, public screening of Toy Story 3 at Rutgers Stadium in Piscataway at 8:30 p.m. Movie-goers of all ages are invited to bring a blanket and watch the film on the jumbo screen. Concession-stand proceeds will go toward the Rutgers University Dance Marathon, which raises money for Embrace Kids Foundation.
On Saturday, Oct.2, at 11 a.m. the RUAA will host the Scarlet Square Pregame Tailgate Party on the E-fields on the Busch Campus. The massive tailgate party features food, children’s games and alumni and fan contests, including Rutgers Wing Bowl 2010 and Crazy Scarlet Knight Fan. To register for any of the contests, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following the tailgate, the Scarlet Knights will face Tulane University at 2 p.m. at the stadium in the traditional homecoming football game. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.scarletknights.com.
Also happening during Homecoming weekend:
· The Rutgers University Programming Association also will sponsor the third annual Homecoming Bed Races at 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1. Spectators are invited to cheer as teams from student clubs and organizations race their decorated beds down College Avenue to benefit New Brunswick Public Schools.
· Young alumni from the classes of 2000 to 2010 are invited to Olde Queens Tavern on Easton Avenue to be entertained by comedian and Rutgers graduate Ben Rosenfeld from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1. Free Blitzburgers will be served and those bringing a business card will receive a free Rutgers mug.
· Rutgers Hillel Homecoming Weekend Festive Shabbat Dinner, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30. To RSVP, contact Barbara Cohen at email@example.com or call 732-545-2407, ext. 415
· “March Men of Rutgers! The Great American Football Song”: A lecture by George B. Stauffer, dean of the Mason Gross School of the Arts, will examine the great American football song, Saturday, Oct. 2, starting at noon. The event, which will include a performance by the Rutgers University Glee Club, will take place at the Rutgers Visitor Center on Busch Campus. Tickets are $10 and include a barbecue lunch and Rutgers souvenir.
· The RUAA will host a 5K charity race and one-mile fun run Sunday. Oct. 3, to raise funds for Rutgers Against Hunger, the university initiative that assists food banks and emergency pantries in fighting hunger in New Jersey. The event is open to the public and participants are invited to register outside the North Gate of Rutgers Stadium at 8 a.m. Proceeds from the race will help to stock emergency food pantries and also support efforts to raise awareness about hunger.
Rutgers-Camden will celebrate its homecoming Oct. 9 and Rutgers-Newark holds its events Sept. 22-25.
For a complete list of events or to register for Homecoming 2010 activities, visit http://Ralumni.com/homecoming.
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