HOMECOMING (Melanie Roberts)
Irvine Valley College is celebrating its 2012 Homecoming Feb. 1 with a basketball game against Santa Ana College at Hart Gymnasium at 5:30 p.m.
The Associated Students of Irvine Valley College is once again sponsoring the pre-game festivities, which begins at 4 p.m. in front of the gym.
Plenty of free food and activities will be available throughout the event, including an In-N-Out catering truck providing free burgers and beverages. DJ The Wanderer will be playing live music, along with artists on site to airbrush tattoos, and a photo booth to capture memories, among many other unconfirmed surprises.
Several hundred people showed up to watch the women’s game last year. “We had about 600 burgers, but we ran out.” said Helen Locke, director of student development, “That shows you the foot traffic. We anticipate the same turnout this year.”
A pep rally will follow the carnival starting at 5:15 p.m. to hype up the crowd for the homecoming game. The IVC Lasers women’s basketball team will play against the Dons as part of the Orange Empire Conference. The men’s team hosts Santa Ana at 7:30.
During halftime of the women’s game, the homecoming king and queen will be announced. To build suspense, the results are hidden from both the college and the candidates.
The student-elected homecoming court began campaigning for second-round votes on Jan. 19. Students will be able to vote for their king and queen online beginning Friday via the school’s website when the link becomes available. Voting runs through Tuesday at 5 p.m.
The winners of the men’s court are Arya Sadeghi, Tony Mota, Orr Kozky and Atal Jalawan. The women’s court consists of Altaj Sanducci, Shelby Vivian Munoz, Kathleen Wong and Crystal Love.
According to Locke, the purpose of the family-friendly event is to welcome back alumni so they are able to reunite with faculty, classmates and meet new friends.
The Homecoming court will be awarded a $300 scholarship by the ASIVC while the king and queen will receive $500 each.
Parking and admission for the event are free.