Saturday, October 4, 2008

Tulane Homecoming Week 2007

One year ago, Jessica, our youngest daughter, a senior attending her beloved Tulane University, called and told us she was on Homecoming
Court! In college, this is quite a process. During the two week process, we decided we would all go to New Orleans for Homecoming/Parents Weekend. My husband and I had joined the festivities Jessica's freshman year, pre-Katrina. We decided as it was J's Senior Year, we would go and support her, her friends, the university and the city. It didn't matter if she made the final cut, we wanted to go support them all. My
bestest sistah, Martha from San Fransisco, as well as my mother from Nevada decided to fly down south too. Emily, our older daughter, in Manhattan, immediately also decided to join the fun! What a thrill Jessica was
even considered as a candidate for the court. J explained that she was part of the first round of candidates. At this point all candidates were notified they had been nominated and if they desired to accept their nomination and continue, they must submit three written essays to be posted for professors. With professor endorsement, the field was narrowed to forty candidates; 20 guys for King and 20 ladies for Queen. The third round consisted of "The Interview" before a panel of peers, alumni, etc. after which there were 20 candidates; 10 guys, 10 ladies. For Round 4, the student body voted for their top five girls and top five guys to compromise their homecoming court with the top vote getter to be crowned King and Queen one week later. What a whirl wind of a week it was! There was an event every evening, all week long. The first photo features the final King and Queen candidates for Tulane Homecoming Court 2007. This was Sunday, the evening they were introduced to the student body. The next photo shows the guys at a reception at the President's home, a gorgeous home on Saint Charles Avenue.

I don't have a photo of the girls. Another evening was the Hullabalooza, where they are pictured on stage. The last photo is the court pictured on the brand, spanking new, not yet opened baseball stadium prior to an athletic alumni event. It was, indeed, an amazing, way good week!

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