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Release: Oct. 2, 2000

Homecoming 2000 activities are announced

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa Homecoming 2000 organizers have prepared for the Saturday, Oct. 7 football classic with a week's worth of activities that begin Monday, Oct. 2 and include on-campus and community events, and an annual parade, grand marshaled by UI alumnus and college football coaching legend Eddie Robinson. The kickoff for the Iowa vs. Michigan State game is at 11:05 a.m.

This year's theme, 2000 Reasons to be a Hawkeye, was chosen because activities' organizers believe that it captures the spirit of the university for current students and alumni, says Felisha Terrell, Homecoming promotions director and UI senior. The theme will meld the week's six main events, which include King and Queen Coronation, Havoc at Hubbard, Sports Night, the Oct. 6 Homecoming parade, pep rally, and fireworks display.

Robinson, an Iowa alumnus (M.A. '54), coached at Grambling State University for 56 years and holds the NCAA records for the most career football games won (408), most games coached (588), and for having coached the longest at any one college. He retired from coaching at Grambling State in 1997, and in 1999 he was awarded the NFL Players' Lifetime Achievement Award.

Terrell says that without the public's purchasing of Homecoming buttons, which at $2 apiece account for almost 90 percent of the Homecoming funding, many related activities would not take place. Buttons can be bought at many UI-community businesses and at the University Box Office at the Iowa Memorial Union.

"The 17-member Homecoming Executive Council works hard to sell buttons at every home game. Without button sales, there would be no Homecoming events for future years," says buttons manager and UI sophomore Sara Engelmann.

Below is a schedule of events, and attached is the route for the parade:

Oct. 3, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Havoc at Hubbard - Havoc at Hubbard is a spirited event in which the public can get involved early in Homecoming Week. Featured events include a 2-on-2 jousting tournament, a 6-on-6 volleyball tournament and a dodgeball competition. Applications for play are available at the Office of Student Life, 145 IMU or at any UI residence hall desk and are due Sept. 26.

Oct. 4, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sports Night - Meet UI athletes at Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville. UI mascot Herky, UI cheerleaders, Dance Marathon morale captains, and area radio and TV personalities will be on hand. Festivities officially begin at 7:30 p.m. Children whose poster drawings were selected will be announced.

Oct. 6, 6:15 p.m., Homecoming Parade - The parade begins at the corner of Gilbert and Iowa Streets and ends at the corner of Washington and Gilbert Streets. (See accompanying street map for exact parade route.)

Oct. 6, Pep Rally (follows parade) - The Pep Rally will be held on the East side of the Pentacrest. The Iowa Dance Team, UI cheerleaders, the Iowa Marching Band and mascot Herky will attend. Eddie Robinson will deliver remarks, and the 2000 Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned.

Oct. 6, Fireworks (follows Pep Rally). 2000 Homecoming fireworks display will be at Hubbard Park.