Biscayne Bay Campus kicks off Homecoming Week

Bayfest 2015 held on the Biscayne Bay Campus at Florida International University. Artist were Trick Daddy, August Alsina, Kes (not pictured) and Carimi (not pictured).

Sudden Navarrete and Douglass Gavilan/FIUSM Staff


Students can expect BBC to be the home to many homecoming events including performances, activities and giveaways.

“Blue & Gold Unleashed” will be the kick-off event to homecoming week.

The event, taking place on Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Panther Square, will have giveaways, a tie dye station, a photo booth, face painting, a bounce house and free food. It will feature a pep rally with the traditional “Trail of the Torch” where the torch of service, knowledge and opportunity will be lit among the festivities.

The Caribbean Bash, taking place Tuesday, Oct. 18, will be a show of Panther and Caribbean pride where alumni, students, faculty and staff will be encouraged to bring flags of their home countries. According to the student affairs website, the “Caribbean Bash will be a night of different cultures, traditions, performances, giveaways, and a taste of great Caribbean food.” Guests are invited for $5.

Students are also encouraged to wear FIU gear to receive limited edition giveaways.

Later in the week, Thursday Oct. 20 will be the day for the Spirt and Soul BBQ. The event is sponsored by the Black Student Union and will feature a T-shirt design contest and will run from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Students will be offered the chance to learn more about the Black Student Union.

“It’s definitely an opportunity for students to get involved in University life,” Samantha Caballero, the vice president of the Black Student Union, said. “A lot of students both at MMC and BBC are commuter students. Homecoming gives students a chance to see what is at their school or what the University provides.”

The annual “A Blue & Gold Affair” Homecoming Dance will take place Oct. 21 in the WUC ballrooms from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. and will feature “happily ever after” as it’s theme.

DJ Hercules, a DJ and on-air personality on 99Jamz, will be in charge of music. BBC’s in-house fashion club, Eclipse, will have a fashion show prepared for students. Roary will also be making an appearance on the dance floor. The Homecoming Dance will be free to all FIU students and will cost guests $5.

“It’s good that they’re doing this, everything seems pretty cool — especially the barbecue.” Jondy Alfonso, a junior biology major said. “If my friends are down, I’ll definitely go.”

“Not only do [students] get to participate in organizations but we also get to focus on the social aspect of educating the students, engaging the student and keeping students abreast on current FIU issues and things that they should know about and partake in to help their own professional development, personal development or sense of self.” Caballero said.
Students who may still have questions or concerns about any event can contact the homecoming office located at MMC in GC 2214. BSU, the hosts of Spirit and Soul BBQ on Thursday, Oct. 20 can be found in GC 2303 in MMC or in WUC 141 at BBC.


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