If one found themselves at Frostburg State University on Saturday, October 26th, then it was impossible not to hear or see an event that related to the university’s homecoming. The anticipation had been building all week, and students were excited for all the festivities that the university offered.
It started on that morning at 11:00 a.m with tailgating right outside of Bobcat Stadium. Students congregated with food, beverages, and music in an effort to show support for their team as well as to enjoy time with one another. I caught up with T.J Jones, a former student at FSU who has since transferred to Salisbury, who had a few words for me about the event. “It’s a great time” Jones said. “Even after transferring schools, I still love Frostburg and wasn't going to pass up the chance to come back and party with my friends. Plus I get to watch a little football so that’s always a plus.” Jones, as well as everyone else who was tailgating, was clearly having a great time and hoping that the energetic atmosphere would carry over to the game.
Beginning at 1:00 p.m, the FSU football team faced off against Alfred University. However, the game did not go as anyone hoped it would. The Bobcats seemed completely outmatched by the Saxons in the 32-7 loss, but there was some upside. Junior Michael Fourth rushed for 117 yards and caught three more passes for another 39 yards to combine for 156 all purpose yards. This was Fourth’s third time rushing for over 100 yards in the past five game, but it was not enough to help lift the Bobcats to what would of been only their second win of the season.
Starting at 6:00 p.m in the FSU gymnasium students gathered for the 2013 step show. Performances were held by the sisters of Delta Sigma Theta, as well as the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha, Phi Beta Sigma, Omega Psi Phi, Kappa Alpha Psi, and Iota Phi Theta. Each organization put on a sensational performance that had the crowd going crazy. I asked Junior Michael Ojiere what he thought of the performances. “It was crazy” Ojiere said. “All of the jumps and turns they do in sync with each other just lets you know how hard they work at getting it down to perfection. I just sat there it amazement the entire show.” After a fierce competition between the organizations, the brothers of Omega Psi Phi took home the $500 prize. After the conclusion of the step show, all of the students exited the gymnasium to go and get themselves ready for the dance.
At 11:00 the students returned to the gymnasium for the annual homecoming dance, and we’re greeted at the doors with blaring music and an unbelievable atmosphere. If one were at the dance, they would see the students of FSU dressed to the nines and dancing their shoes off. The dance went until 2:00 a.m and time seemed to fly by. “It was such an awesome time,” said Marquise Bowman, a sophomore at FSU. “To have all of my friends in one place with great music, it was definitely one of the best nights I've had in Frostburg.”
Regardless of what words are put in this article, one simply had to experience the weekend first hand in its entirety to understand how exciting it was. Words simply cannot do it justice.