Mercer prepares for superhero-themed Homecoming Week

Mercer's homecoming is taking place during the week of Oct 29-Nov 2. Photo provided by QuadWorks.

Mercer’s homecoming is taking place during the week of Oct 29-Nov 2. Photo provided by QuadWorks.

Mercer’s 2018 Homecoming week is shaping up to be a “super” event.

The week of Nov. 2, student organizations will create teams and compete for the trophy in various events, such as a Halloween silent rave, trivia night and lip sync competition.

The theme this year, Mercerians Unite, was “inspired by superheroes and the recent influx and popularity of superhero movies,” said Lizzie Ctibor, member of the Quadworks special events committee, which plans Homecoming week activities.

This year, Quadworks decided to bring an old tradition back.

“We have coordinated with Mercer Recreation and Wellness to bring back an older tradition of hosting a Homecoming 5K on Saturday morning,” Ctibor said.

This is the 10th year Mercer has hosted a Homecoming 5K. Beginning at Five Star Stadium, the race will take participants through and around the undergraduate campus.

Teams of student groups from Greek-letter organizations to religious life clubs like Wesley House are making preparations as Homecoming week approaches.

Phi Delta Theta Fraternity is partnering with Sigma Sigma Rho Sorority, Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. this year.

“Homecoming is a big deal to Phi Delta Theta. It’s a great way for us to show our school pride and support for the football team,” said the fraternity’s homecoming chair, Lou Velasco.

However, Homecoming isn’t just for current Bears. Mercer alumni will come back to campus for various events such as 50-year class reunions, an awards reception and tailgates, according to the Mercer Homecoming website.

This year will include the unveiling of a “Bill of Rights” eagle statue as well as the dedication of a classroom to former Mercer professor Jim Cox.

“I really hope to see a lot of students come to the events, and even if they aren’t participating, to show that Mercer pride and cheer the teams on in the competition,” Ctibor said.