Homecoming Tailgate prevails despite weather


Sam Boggs

Oakland spirit was not dampened on homecoming weekend.

A little rain, OK maybe a lot of rain, did not stop Oakland University students and alumni from getting into the school spirit and celebrating this year’s 60th homecoming anniversary at the homecoming tailgate. The event took place on Oct. 14 in parking lot P-16 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

“A lot went into planning this event,” said Director of the Graham Health Center Maryanne Swanson. “The tailgate took many months to put together.”

Although there were small tents of student organizations lined up across the lot, a DJ, games and a cash bar, the main attraction was the Oakland University Student Congress tent where a wide variety of catered foods and refreshments were served buffet style.

Namra Awan, a 2016 alumna, said she was surprised when she pulled up to the parking structure to see so many people at the event.

“I didn’t expect anyone to come because of the rain,” Awan said. “I thought it was just going to a small group of people. It just goes to show how spirited and committed we grizzlies are.”

Jessica Gierka, a 2016 alumna, said the most exciting part about attending the tailgate was seeing and reuniting with friends and former alumni.

“I love coming back to see the OU community supporting the organizations and coming together,” she said.

Organizations such as the Honors College, Athletics, Student Affairs, Diversity of Health and Wellness and more were also present. Many of the stationed tents offered photo booths, raffles, merchandise and snacks.

“OU to me is still my home,” said Sheila Brooks, a 2007 alumna. “I like to stay involved with many of the organizations here on campus, such as the National Association of Black Accountants. I will do anything I can to support the university.”