Tennessee State University’s 100th anniversary homecoming occurred on the 29th of September, and anyone who lives in the area or attends the school know homecoming is a big deal. All week long students held festivities such as the Blue Sapphire awards, the battle of the dorms, the pep rally, and the homecoming parade on the day of homecoming. It almost seems as if the festivities the week before and immediately after the game are typically more important to students than the actual football game itself.
The battle of the dorms happened in Kean Hall and was shut down early due to student’s getting on the floor and refusing to leave. The Blue Sapphire awards saw student’s and faculty get awards in categories such as best dressed, most studious, and best professor.
The Pep rally was the day before the game and began in the amphitheater but was moved to the Gentry Center due to it becoming increasingly overpopulated in the amphitheater area. Many alumni and their family were in attendance.
On game day the parade happened that morning, and the TSU Tigers football team sealed the win over Arkansas Pine Bluff with the final score as 40 to 13. Before the game Tennessee State University alumnus class of 1955 Mary Bright Walker said in an interview, “the student’s are so welcoming of alumni. Earlier in the week current tsu student Reggie Tinnon said, “I am very excited about the alumni from the past coming to celebrate with us.”
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