Author: Zoe Forster

As my friends and I are finishing up dinner at Souvlaki House, the waitress asks us what’s going on this weekend. We tell her it’s homecoming. Duh, how could she not know?

It’s the one day of the year that Cornell gets to pretend it’s a state school. Everyone decked out in red Cornell gear showing our school spirit. Fraternities and sororities showing the world how they bond through brotherhood and sisterhood (aka getting drunk at 11:00 a.m.).

The waitress then inquires about the actual homecoming game. We told her it was going to be a great game. Is this true? No idea. Do we know who we’re playing? No idea. Does anyone know who we’re playing besides the football team? Highly unlikely.

So what’s the point of Homecoming?

Wikipedia tells me that Homecoming is the tradition of welcoming back alumni. It usually involves activities such as sports and culture events and a parade through the streets of the city or town. Woah, way to outdo yourself Wikipedia. I’m really getting a clear picture in my head with this parade and culture events you speak of.

What are culture events? Ohhh, that must be the part where just about every girl on campus Instagrams a picture of herself at the football field or at a tailgate.

Okay, so now that we covered culture events, what about this parade?

I think at normal schools, where they can actually pronounce the name of their football field (sorry, Shocklaploof), they all parade down the street for the start of the game. This may happen here at Cornell, but I’m unaware of any such festivities. If this is something that’s going on and I’m missing out on it, please let me know. I’m not joking.

Don’t get me wrong, I really do think homecoming is just as fun as the next person. But when no one knows who we’re playing or what time the game starts, it’s hard to believe that the main activity during homecoming is the actual football game (sorry, Wikipedia). For the record, we’re playing Lehigh at 3:00 P.M. and it actually does look like it’s going to a great game. Both teams are desperate for a win as Cornell enters the game with a 0-4 record and Lehigh with a 0-5 record. It’s also Cornell’s Sesquicentennial celebration, giving the team more motivation to come out on top.

Homecoming is the only day of the year I ever see people proud to be a Cornellian. Maybe it’s because we’re not passionate about sports, or maybe it’s because we are just a bunch of nerds who are more proud about their studies. It’s not that we don’t love Cornell (because it’s almost impossible to find a Cornellian who doesn’t love this gorges place). We may not know the details of Homecoming, but it’s still an important celebration to welcome back alumni and come together as a community.