AU-homecoming 11/5/96

Roy Summerford (


AUBURN -- The Auburn University campus will be busy with homecoming activities this weekend, starting with a Thursday night street dance with music by The Drifters and The Coasters.

Music by the 1950s groups, which includes such hits as "Poison Ivy," "Charley Brown," "Under the Boardwalk" and "There Goes My Baby," starts at 7 p.m. The street dance will be on Thach Avenue between Foy Union and Haley Center. In event of rain, th e dance will be moved to the Student Activities Building.

"We want to get alumni, faculty and community members involved," says Tara Grant, assistant director of Foy Union. "We want this too seem like a big block party. Everyone can mill around and talk."

Friday's activities include a pep rally at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum and a lighting ceremony at Samford Hall.

The pep rally at 5 p.m. will feature entertainment by Auburn graduate and comedian Heath Hyche.

Also at 5 p.m., the Auburn Brass Quintet will present a concert in front of Samford Hall, preceding the 5:30 p.m. ceremony at which dignitaries will throw a switch bathing the historic building in lights from newly installed fixtures. The lights we re installed as part of a major renovation of the park.

AU President William V. Muse and AU Trustee W.J. Samford Jr. of Montgomery, a descendant of Gov. William J. Samford, for whom the building is named, will participate in the ceremony, along with other dignitaries and major donors who contributed to the restoration of the Samford Hall clock and Samford Park. AU Facilities personnel who worked on the renovation will also be honored.

On Saturday, AU will host editors and reporters from Alabama newspapers and electronic media for "Media Day." John Hyjek, editor of the Atlanta bureau of NBC News will address broadcasters at Foy Union, Room 213, at 9 a.m.

Media Day activities also include induction of two legendary deceased newsmen -- former Washington Post political editor Carroll Kilpatrick and Luverne Journal founder Jonathan C. McClendon -- into the Alabama Newspaper Hall of Honor at 10 a.m. by the Alabama Press Association. The Hall of Honor is housed in AU's Draughon Library.

Also on Saturday, AU agricultural groups will sponsor the annual Ag Fall Roundup at 9 a.m. on Ag Hill.

All activities are centered around the 1 p.m. Jordan-Hare Stadium homecoming football game at which AU plays host to Northeast Louisiana. AU's homecoming queen for 1996 -- elected by the student body -- will be announced and crowned at halftime.

Candidates for Miss Homecoming are Robin Adams, a senior in political science from Hoover; Melody Arledge, a senior in childhood education from Columbiana; Michele Chapman, a senior in pre-med from Huntsville; Stephanie Holden, a junior in political science from Dothan; and Kathy Waterman, a senior in public relations from Estill Springs, Tenn.

Alumni groups for which special events have been arranged include the classes of 1951, '56, '61, '66, '71 and '76. The alumni activities include a Friday night dinner and dance, a meeting of the organization's board of directors Friday afternoon and an 8:30 a.m. national alumni meeting open all AU members of the Auburn Alumni Association. In addition, the African American Alumni Advisory Council will sponsor a reception after the game and a jazz concert from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m., featuring E ric Essix and the Modern Man of Birmingham. Contact the Alumni Association at 844-ALUM for details of the alumni activities.

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