Story by Erik Potter ♦ Photos by Sam O’Keefe
During Mizzou’s 107th Homecoming celebration, students gave back and gave blood, stepped on stage and marched in a parade, painted storefronts and decked out houses, showed their spirit and showed their talents, debated each other and settled the debate over which Tiger team was gridiron king.
Staff, students and community members donated 3,906 units of blood during the 33rd annual Homecoming blood drive, enough to save 11,718 lives.
Participants made the trek to the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse for many reasons. Read more about what motivated them.
Nicole Webber helped recruit her sorority sisters to the cause. She inspired them with her story about how 25 units of donated blood saved her father’s life when she was 9 years old.
Legion of Black Collegians debates
The Legion of Black Collegians (LBC) Homecoming Royalty Court candidates debated each other on topical issues in a bid to wear LBC Homecoming crowns. Students crowded into The Shack in the Student Center to hear point and counterpoint arguments on hot-button topics such as whether concealed weapons should be allowed on college campuses and whether socioeconomic status should outweigh race as a factor in college admissions.
Students turned out to Jesse Auditorium to showcase their singing, dancing, drumming and acting skills during the annual Homecoming Talent Show.
Decorate the District
Students organizations from across the spectrum — social, service, academic and interest-based — painted downtown black and gold. Several groups shared their story about how they approached this year’s board game theme and what the tradition means to them.
Each year, Greektown blossoms with creative takes on the Homecoming theme. Students complete elaborate decorations and put on skits as part of the House Decs tradition.
Seven National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) organizations performed at the 2018 NPHC Homecoming Step Show in Jesse Auditorium. Stepping is enjoying a modern renaissance, but the art form shares deep roots with historically African-American fraternities and sororities. Read more and watch a video recap of the show.
The night before the big game, Students and alumni rev up with a spirit rally on Traditions Plaza. Truman, the Mizzou Spirit Squads and Marching Mizzou all made an appearance.
One of the original Homecoming traditions dating to 1911, the 2018 edition of the Homecoming parade featured more than 100 minutes of marching bands, gymnasts, Mizzou Homecoming Hall of Fame inductees, a Nobel Prize winner and, of course, Truman.
Oh, yeah. Mizzou trounced the University of Memphis Tigers, 65-33. M-I-Z!