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Editorial: Homecoming week still lacks appeal

We’ve had Mardi Gras. We’ve streaked back to Martin. Now, we’re having a giant carnival.

Quite frankly, we can’t help but wonder: What will they think of next?

The annual homecoming parade has been ditched in favor of “Quad City,” or as we lovingly call it, “The Midway to Nowhere.” It is becoming painfully obvious that the only homecoming tradition that manages to stick around is the Saturday football game.

At least with a winning record this season, we hope and pray we can start a new tradition of winning our annual bout.

It is no small secret that the focus of homecoming week is still on the greek population at UTM. Perhaps it is designed that way because these groups reciprocate such a focus. Whether it is Rope Pull, Pyramid, various and sundry cook-offs, pageants and the like, you will see block letter shirts as far as the eye can see.

We suppose it’s their time to party.

And who can forget the Homecoming Queen elections? The voting is from noon to five today in the UC and Gooch for those who care. Winning a beauty pageant doesn’t sign up the candidate for some sort of civic responsibility. It would be nice to hear the answer to the simple question: “What exactly does the Homecoming Queen do the other 364 days of the year?”

But hey, at least there’s football.