BY PENNY DICKERSON
Daytona Beach will be saturated in a sea of maroon and gold this weekend as Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) celebrates its homecoming.
Despite the controversy in the past weeks regarding Florida Gov. Rick Scott being awarded the university’s Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Leadership Award Wednesday night at B-CU’s Legacy Awards Gala, many Wildcats were looking forward to the rest of the homecoming festivities.
The Thursday-through-Sunday lineup kicked off with a Greek Step Show, a popular event featuring B-CU’s fraternities and sororities. The step show was scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday night at the Performing Arts Center.
Pep rally at park
On Friday night, B-CU is hosting a “Bringing it Back to the Basics Pep Rally’’ at Jackie Robinson Ballpark at 105 Orange Ave. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the event starts at 7.
The cost is free for B-CU students and children ages 2 to 12 get in for $5. It will cost $10 for attendees who are 13 and up. According to the university, $2 of the fee will go to a scholarship fund.
The Friday pep rally will be followed by “A Family Affair BBQ, ’’ which starts at 7 p.m. on campus at the Quad.
Parade, game, then a party
Game day kicks off at 9 a.m. Saturday with the homecoming parade along Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard in Daytona Beach. A tailgate party is from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Municipal Stadium.
The Wildcats take on Norfolk State at 4 p.m.
An alumni after party is scheduled that evening in the President’s Banquet Room at B-CU’s Center for Civic Engagement.
Comedy, concert on Sunday
On Sunday, Oct. 25, a “Check Out” Comedy Show will be held at noon at B-CU’s Gertrude Heyn Memorial Chapel. The doors open at noon. A portion of the proceeds go to a scholarship fund.
A free Jazz on the Quad concert featuring The Love Band and Roscoe Jenkins Band takes place on campus at 3 p.m.
For more details, visit www.cookman.edu/homecoming.