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'Leif have me
An old-fashioned boardwalk, a musical set during the
Eivil War and a "simply splendid" fish performance in
ireshman Follies highlighted Homecoming weekend ac-
ivities Oct. 22-24.
Preparation for the annual celebration began weeks before
he crowds arrived when more than 60 students were ap-
moirited to committees planning activities for the theme:
'Let's Have an Old-Fashioned Homecoming."
Co-chairmen Lori Stobaugh, home economics major from
Dverland Park, Kan., and Larry Musick, accounting major
'rom Waco, directed the weekends events.
Homecoming 1982 officially opened when the 10 queen
iominees and Coming Home Queen Marla Shahan Alex-
inder and her court were introduced in Chaple.
Excitement for the game against East Texas State Univer-
:ity mounted Friday as students and alumni gathered on the
Administration Building steps for a devotional and parade
eading to the bonfire and pep rally.
Special honor was given to Garvin Beauchamp, vice presi-
ent for student services, as he received the Exceptional
ecognition Award at Saturdays Homecoming Chapel.
The carnival sponsored by the Student Foundation took
the shape of an old-fashioned town with store fronts and
booths including steer roping, the Sigrrfa Theta Chi Sweet
Shop, GATA Yum-Yum Ice Cream booth and Frater
Sodalis Balloon Throw.
The tradition of ringing the bell continued this year as
students took turns keeping the bell ringing from opening
Chapel until the football game.
"Shenandoah," a musical set during the Civil War,
brought tears to the eyes of many during the show's four
performances at the Abilene Civic Center.
And once again the freshmen delighted crowds with the
Freshman Follies' production "Simple Splendor." Highlights
from the variety-style show included gibes at the school
cafeteria with "The Mean Bean Blues," a ballet dance and a
candlelight opening song.
Wildcat fans had little to cheer about at the football game
as the Cats were downed 25-23 by the East Texas State Lions,
with a last second field goal.
But with the reunion of old friends and the crowning of
Beth Owens, all-levels physical education major from Con-
roe, at halftime of the game, spirits ran high throughout the
remainder of the weekend. - Andrea Cannedy
Bottom left: Senior Charles
Pullen, junior Oscar Brown
and senior Milton Buckelew
entertain the crowd at the
barbecue in the mall area.
Bottom right: Chaney
Knight, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Ted Knight, plays in the
GATA fountain while her
parents visit with old
friends. Opposite page:
Qenior Beth Owens laughfs ,
with excitement after being ix
Oueen. Her father, K. Y.
Owens, smiles at the
annoucement. Inset: Beth
and her father look a bil
puzzled by the
announcement. She said she
and the other nominees had
trouble hearing the
loudspeaker on the field.
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