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Homecoming week: Centennial celebration comes to a close

Sunday, October 16, 2011 | 9:48 p.m. CDT
MU fans hold up signs for the university's 100th Homecoming after the football game ends with a 52-17 Tiger victory at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

MU's 100th Homecoming colored Columbia black and gold for the week as the city welcomed alumni, students and fans to show their Tiger spirit for the centennial celebration.

After breaking a Red Cross record with more than 4,839 pints of blood in a four-day Homecoming blood drive earlier this month, campus fraternities and sororities kicked off Homecoming week Monday with the 2011 Centennial Homecoming Talent Production, which continued each night through Wednesday. Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan and Santa Claus made appearances onstage to perform skits with a celebration theme that are judged as part of Greek life's Homecoming competition. Greek members, residence halls and student organizations painted the city gold and black Thursday as part of Decorate The District, a storefront-decorating competition downtown to set the mood for the flood of visitors during the weekend.

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Alumni filled Columbia on Friday as fraternity and sorority members unveiled house decorations and performed skits in Greektown after spending weeks pomping and preparing. "You hear about husbands who have met their wives or best friendships forming while prepping for campus decs," said Todd McCubbin, executive director of the Mizzou Alumni Association. "It's so much more than a four-hour campus decoration competition, and that’s what makes it special."

Homecoming day began with free pancakes at the annual Brewer Breakfast at the Student Recreation Center followed by the parade through campus and downtown Columbia. Marching bands, floats and antique cars wound through the streets amid the crowds lining the parade path. With a 1 p.m. Missouri football game, the alumni association's Romp, Chomp and Stomp Tailgate began at 10:30 a.m., and other tailgaters set up even earlier than that.

The Tigers rolled over the Iowa State Cyclones 52-17 in front of a sold-out crowd of 71,004 to cap off the centennial celebration. Missouri tailback Henry Josey ran for 129 yards on 19 carries, helping lead the team to victory. “He’s got some quicks,” Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel said. “You just have to give him a little seam, and with his acceleration he’s really a very impressive guy.”


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