The celebration of homecoming at Samford is marked by various events including the annual Homecoming football game, the crowning of homecoming king and queen, and much more.
Another annual homecoming tradition is the decoration of wooden boards done by student organizations, fraternities and sororities.
This year, the Black Student Union; the National Pan-Hellenic Council and Delta Xi Phi; Zeta Tau Alpha and Sigma Chi; the Latino Student Organization; Phi Mu and Alpha Tau Omega; the Student Government Association; Tri Delta; the International Club; Alpha Delta Pi; Alpha Omicron Pi and Lambda Chi all decorated homecoming boards.
The idea behind the homecoming boards is that they allow those involved to creatively show the uniqueness and originality of their sorority, fraternity or organization.
Outreach Coordinator of the Latino Student Organization Perla Soto- Ceballos discussed why her organization chose their design.
“We wanted to represent our club and the people in our club in a non-stereotypical way. To do that, we decided to include a few landmarks from different Latin-America countries including the city of Chichen Itza, Easter Island in Chile, Machu Pichu in Peru and the Cristo Redentor statue in Brazil,” Soto-Ceballos said.
While the Latino Student Organization chose a design to reflect the diversity of Latin American culture, the Banner Chair of Alpha Omicron Pi Abby Hays discussed her sorority’s reasoning for their homecoming board design.
“To me, homecoming is a week dedicated to fostering community and school spirit among our campus. When I think about the community here at Samford this year, I think about two things: Buxley and Ben Brown,” Hays said. “I am sure that I am one of many who have made new friends by going to events that Buxley attends, and there are always fun activities happening in Ben Brown Plaza. So, I decided to paint a bulldog sitting on the edge of the Ben Brown fountain to highlight the importance of both of those parts of campus.”
The Black Student Union decided to paint the Heisman Trophy design but altered it so that the player had a black Afro.
Freshman representative of the Black Student Union Kennedy Russell explained why her organization chose this design.
“We decided to go with this design since it was different from what we saw the other organizations doing,” Russell said.
While each homecoming board design is different, all of the boards represent the individuality of the sororities, fraternities and student organizations at Samford. Be sure to check out each homecoming board by visiting Ben Brown Plaza.