Loyola hosts first Homecoming since 1992
The anxiously awaited confrontation between Loyola’s men’s lacrosse team and its Charles Street rival Johns Hopkins provided the centerpiece for the University’s first Homecoming celebration since 1992. While the game itself ended in a heartbreaking, last-second overtime loss, the excitement leading up to the contest and the events that preceded it generated an extraordinary level of enthusiasm and school spirit.
Santina Craze, ’12, director of resident affairs for Loyola’s Student Government Association, led student efforts to organize the week-long celebration and worked with University offices including student activities, alumni relations, event services, athletics, and marketing and communications to bring the plans to life and encourage student participation.
“The SGA wanted to create this event this year to not only bring together alumni, students, faculty, and staff, but to also add to the sense of community and school spirit here at Loyola,” said Craze. “We hope that Homecoming will become an annual tradition at Loyola that everyone looks forward to year after year.”
Events began on Sunday, April 22, with the women’s lacrosse game against Villanova and a campus-wide residence hall decorating contest. They continued throughout the week with sales of Homecoming merchandise; the election of a king, queen, and court; live music, food, and fireworks on the Quad; the spring Belles and Chimes Chordbusters contest; and an alumni and senior event at downtown Baltimore’s Power Plant Live! In addition to the game and pre-game festivities on Saturday, the celebration culminated with the annual Loyolapalooza festival on Sunday, April 29. In honor of Loyola’s mascot, event organizers also planned a dinner event benefiting Greyhound Pets of America on Thursday—an afternoon outdoor reception featuring adopted greyhounds was canceled due to inclement weather and will hopefully be rescheduled for the fall.
Homecoming Court winners included: