Despite Loss, Domecoming Successfully Returns to MIT
The Institute’s first homecoming festivities in several years had its ups and downs -- a large crowd packed the stands to watch the Engineers’ close loss to Curry College but poor advertising led to scant attendance at other events.
In Saturday’s football game, Curry College quarterback Steve Santos ran in a touchdown in the last quarter to cap a 17-14 come-from-behind victory. In its final possession, MIT converted two fourth-down plays but could not set itself up for a potentially game-tying field goal or game-winning touchdown.
“It’s a very competitive conference... all of our players displayed great heart on Saturday... A few key mistakes on our part at crucial times were the determining factors,” said MIT Head Football Coach Dwight E. Smith. “The team would like to thank the crowd for the great support that was shown during the game.”
Puja Gupta ’00, a homecoming organizer, said the game featured “the best attendance of the season so far.” During halftime, the pom-pon squad performed, and MIT’s marching band performed a rendition of Carlos Santana’s “Evil Ways.”
Advertising seen as key in future
Other events among the homecoming festivities were less well-attended. About 200 people came to Friday night’s Alley Rally, where students could eat cotton candy, watch a clown on stilts, and meet some of the MIT sports teams.
Nicole S. Balli ’00, an organizer of Amherst Alley Rally, said that the cold left only about 35 people to view the 10 p.m. outdoor movie showing of “Dazed and Confused.”
“I think for the first time it went remarkably well... Obviously there can be more participation,” Balli said. “[But] I think in general people enjoyed themselves. A few people who told me they weren’t expecting to have a good time said they did.”
She said that in future years better advertising and advance notice of the event would help turnout.
Gupta said that “lots of different parts of the campus came together” and a “wide variety of people” from both dormitories and fraternities, sororities, and independent living groups. However, she said that better advertising and even more group involvement would help in the future.
Most of the advertising for homecoming occurred through e-mail forwarding and flyers during the few days before the weekend festivities.
A new tradition?
This year’s homecoming was sponsored by the Interfraternity Council, Dormcon, and the Campus Activities Complex program board. The money for the event, which cost about $11,000, came chiefly from the $50,000 large events fund. It replaces the traditional events of previous fall terms: Greek Week, Fall Festival, and the Alumni Weekend.
Most of the organizers of homecoming from this year’s class consisted of seniors. But Gupta and Balli said that the graduation of the senior class would not affect the chances of having Domecoming next year. CAC could carry on the event in the future, she said.