February 24, 2024

Homecoming Weekend was kicked off on Wednesday in Geil Lounge and Founders Pub with the traditional Homecoming bonfire hosted by Wittenberg University’s Union Board.

The bonfire was scheduled to be in the lawn outside of the Student Center, but due to the weather conditions, the event was forced to be moved in doors. The rainy evening didn’t put a damper on the crowd’s spirits as over 100 members of the Wittenberg community showed up to welcome in the weekend festivities, even without an actual fire.

“When the event got moved inside, I was afraid this would deter people from coming, but that wasn’t the case at all,” Leighton Kessner, IFC philanthropy chair, ‘18, said. “The evening was really fun and everyone’s spirits seemed really high.”

The event was highly anticipated as students came to hear who the final 10 candidates for homecoming king and queen would be and to hear the announcement of the Greek week pairings and themes. There was plenty of things for the student body to do as several organizations performed for the first time this year.

“All around it was a great time, but I was most excited to hear what the Greek Week pairings were and what that theme was going to be,” Casey Miller, ‘19, said.

The all-female a cappella group, Just Eve, kicked off the evening by preforming three of the group’s most popular songs. The song that drew the most cheers from the audience was “Roses” by the Chainsmokers.

Up next was the all-male a capella group Wittmen Crew’s turn to show the student body how hard the group has been working by preforming several of the group’s best songs, “Starboy” by the weekend, Billy Joel’s “For the Longest Time” and “Africa” by Toto.

“They were so fun to watch; I love Wittmen Crew,” Micaela Pohlabel, ‘19, said. “The best part was when they sang ‘Africa,’ because it’s definitely a crowd favorite and it so easy to sing along to.”

To bring the evening to a close, famous country star and former contestant on the TV show “The Voice,” Angie Keilhauer, put on a show for everyone in attendance. She played many of her own songs that helped her reach fifth on the iTunes charts before taking requests from the audience and pulling students onto the stage to sing with her.

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