By Eric Norwood Jr.
PNT staff writer
The Eastern New Mexico University Homecoming theme “Return to Paradise,” had a strong influence on all festivities
The Homecoming parade looked like an Hawaiian luau, as the tropical theme was displayed on almost every float, and leis with colorful flowers were thrown along with the traditional candy for the children.
“I love these things, and so do the kids. Free candy,” said Melissa Garvey, as she watched her two children chase down chocolate thrown by a float filled with ENMU cheerleaders.
The Crossroads dining facility on campus hosted a buffet featuring trays piled high with Hawaiian food such as coconut shrimp and pupu style pork ribs. Alumni, students, and anyone else who showed up for the festivities enjoyed something different to what is usually on the cafeteria menu. Banana-pineapple upside down cake may have been the highlight.
For those who missed the feast on campus, there was free food at Blackwater Draw during the ENMU Tailgate event.
ENMU Director of Student Activities Draco Miller said improved food during the tailgate was one of the many changes made to enhance the pre-game experience at Blackwater Draw.
“We wanted the food to be different, and instead of waters and soda, we have tropical drinks. We’re giving out a lot of free stuff, face painting, noise makers, T-shirts. People love other activities, so the first game we brought a mechanical bull. Today we have the bungee jump. We wanted to make the experience non-boring,” said Miller.
That goal seemed to be accomplished according to a few students.
“I feel like the tailgate is better. There is so much free stuff,” said ENMU student Jessica Dobbins.
The Homecoming Parade featured different organizations showing their Greyhound Pride. Tristan Shaw, 11, participated in the parade as a member of the Lindsey-Steiner Elementary School band.
“The best part was getting to see everybody,” said Shaw, as he waved his noise makers proudly with a smile on his half-green, half-silver face. When asked if he planned on becoming a Greyhound in his future, Shaw confirmed the thought with a “Yes sir!”