By Mikenna Barcelona, Staff Writer
It’s been a long time since Newman put on a homecoming dance.
This year, though, it will.
Katherine Reynoso, Newman’s director of multicultural engagement and campus life, said that Newman students will be able to attend a “Homecoming Mixer” on March 1, and she hopes it will be a success.
“We have had better turnouts before the pandemic, but now we are struggling to get students to attend our events,” Reynoso said. “However, I have a feeling that this time will be different and we will get alot of students.”
The event will be from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. in the Dugan Conference Center. Different genres of music will be played, and DJ Metiche, a popular DJ in the Hispanic community, will be there.
“This seems to be a popular genre nowadays, but students can request all the songs they want,” Reynoso said.
Hors d’oeuvres will be served at the dance, including fried mozzarella sticks with marinara, meatballs, turkey pinwheels, buffalo chicken, fruit, a meat/cheese platter, pineapple upside cake and different types of drinks.
The dance will conclude a week of Homecoming activities that run Feb. 28-March 2.
Among the themed days: Munchies Monday, Bonfire Tuesday and Trivia Night Wednesday, when students can win prizes valued at up to $300. The homecoming games vs. Missouri Western will happen on Thursday, with the women’s basketball team playing at 4:30 p.m. and the men playing at 7:30 p.m. The men’s game also will feature the annual crowing of the Homecoming king and queen.
Reynoso said that Newman students should all consider attending the mixer.
“I am also looking forward to having the students have a good time and enjoy their favorite songs among their favorite people on campus while having fun in a safe environment,” she said. “I encourage everyone to participate, especially seniors since this will be probably the last time they will be together having fun at the same place.”
PHOTO: Sydney Endicott, Photographer