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Homecoming 2017: Back where it all began

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Heather Newberry | The Daily Wildcat Two vintage University of Arizona letterman jackets. The jacket on the left is from UA alum Jasmine Lee and the one on the right is from Daniel Dempsey, whose grandfather was a UA football player.

Welcome home Wildcats! Homecoming is here and it's a chance for alumni and current students to meet, experience tradition and celebrate being a University of Arizona Wildcat. The Daily Wildcat is here to cover all things Homecoming. 

The Arizona Wildcats take on the Washington Cougars Saturday Oct. 28, at 6:30 p.m. Follow @DailyWildcat and @WildcatSports for live game coverage. 

Have a safe weekend and Bear Down!


UA President Robert Robbins celebrates his first homecoming

Daily Wildcat reporter Sasha Hartzell interviewed with University of Arizona President Dr. Robert Robbins. They talked about his plans for his first UA Homecoming, his career and how he plans to differentiate himself from past UA presidents.

Homecoming events calendar

With events starting Thursday evening to celebrate the class of 1967 and going till the football game Saturday evening, the University of Arizona welcomes back Wildcats from all over to celebrate tradition. Homecoming royalty will be announced Friday night at the bonfire outside Old Main at 7:30 p.m.

Cougars look to delay bowl bid for Wildcats at Homecoming game

The Wildcats will look to continue their win streak during their homecoming game against the Cougars Saturday, Oct. 28. Kickoff will be at 6:30 p.m. at Arizona Stadium. Follow @WildcatSports on Twitter for live updates and the DW Facebook page for post-game coverage.

Down Memory Lane: Revenge of the Nerds

As the years go by and memories fade, all that is left are artifacts and keepsakes that rattle the brain enough to conjure up emotions. Then you remember “Revenge of the Nerds,” a hit movie filmed at the University of Arizona. The movie ranks in the top 100 all-time comedies, according to Bravo, and hosts a score of 71 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. It is as classic of a slap-stick comedy as they come. 

UA Alumni Drumline brings back the beat

The University of Arizona Alumni Drumline will perform in this year’s annual Homecoming Parade on Saturday, Oct. 28. The drumline is an assembly of UA drumline alumni who walk in the parade every year. The drumline also takes part in the football game’s halftime performance with the current UA band, the Pride of Arizona.

Guest Letter from UAPD Police Chief Brian Seastone

“The UAPD is here to assist you. Please don’t hesitate to stop and visit with our officers, police aides and community services officers, or to call us at (520) 621-8273 for non-emergency assistance with any questions or concerns...Have a great time this weekend, enjoy our beautiful campus and remember to Bear Down with pride.”

Getting trashed without trashing the planet?

How local bars and restaurants mitigate their carbon footprints, especially with thousands of drunk college students and alumni flooding campus.


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Flares light up the A on Sentinel Peak, signifying the beginning of Homecoming week.


Homecoming traditions keep the Wildcat spirit alive

Homecoming is upon us, Wildcats. Sunday, Oct. 22 marked the beginning of the Homecoming celebration with the lighting of “A” Mountain, and the festivities will continue until Saturday, Oct. 28. Melinda Burke, who is the vice president of University of Arizona Alumni Relations and president of the UA Alumni Association, offered some insight into the traditions of Homecoming and just what they mean to our university.

Students build floats for Homecoming Parade

October at the University of Arizona isn’t quite like October at most other universities: the temperature regularly surpasses 90 degrees, there aren’t many leaves starting to change color and sweater season is still in the distant future.  One thing that is essential to October at the UA and at colleges across the country, however, is Homecoming — one of the biggest Homecoming traditions being the Homecoming Parade.

Topic of the Week: Homecoming

Four Daily Wildcat columnists weigh in on the most important parts of Homecoming. One columnist compares it to High School, one raises questions about the process of electing Homecoming royalty, one reflects on tradition and honor and the last one shares her vision of a Zombie filled Homecoming. 

Guest Letter from Alumni Association President Melinda Burke

“Welcome back to the University of Arizona for Homecoming 2017. This is my sixth Homecoming as president of the University of Arizona Alumni Association and my favorite time of year at the university. The temperature is just starting to cool off, fall sports are in full swing and Homecoming festivities are underway….”

Former Arizona royalty hasn't stopped cheering for 'Cats

2013 was a year where the cheerleading and mascots were in the spotlight of homecoming royalty at the University of Arizona. UA cheerleader Courtney Broome won homecoming king alongside homecoming queen Alexis Del Castillo, who was Wilma at the time. Broome continues to find himself on the sideline to cheer of the Wildcat, but this time as an assistant coach.

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Wilbur and Wilma Wildcat pose in front of the lit up "A" on top of Main Gate garage on Oct. 22 for Homecoming week.


Wilbur and Wilma: Homecoming Love

Wilbur and Wilma, the beloved mascots of the University of Arizona, are one of the few married college mascots in the country. But before they got married or even looked like they do now, they went through years of changes.

Where are they now?

The University of Arizona had legendary teams in the 1980s and 1990s. The Wildcats glory era started with a Fiesta Bowl appearance in 1979, continued with three bowl appearances in the ‘80s and six bowl appearances in the ‘90s. The ‘Cats went 5-4-1 during that span and were led by incredible defenses, highlighted by Dick Tomey’s Desert Swarm in 1992. Several of the biggest names in that era went on to have solid NFL careers, both on the field and as coaches.

OPINION: Alumni deserve a warm welcome back

Homecoming, while meant to be a celebration at the University of Arizona, can sometimes be controversial. Is it worth all the time, money and effort put into it? Or is it just a waste of time to have a weeklong celebration for alumni? I would strongly argue that it is worth it. Students come to the UA from all over the world and make lifelong friendships and some of their best memories on this campus. But, right when their four years are done, they’re expected to move on and grow up.

Why do Arizona Wildcats Bear Down?

If you have to ask you’ll never know. Just kidding! Here’s a look at the history and pride behind the University of Arizona’s motto Bear Down. Learn all about John Byrd “Button” Salmon and what he told James E. “Pop” Mckale in Fall 1926. 

Hangover cures: Beneficial or bust?

"With the imminent homecoming festivities, if you’re anything like me and over 21, it’s likely you’ll have a few adult beverages. However, if a few drinks turns into many, a lovely hangover can be waiting in the morning. But fret not! There are steps that can be taken to subvert alcohol’s cruel revenge. And out of the goodness of my heart, I assembled a group of test subjects (AKA my friends) to put some of these remedies to the test." 

Super Cool News Homecoming 2017 Advice

Super Cool News is a Daily Wildcat feature that shares the, yes, coolest news happening around town and around the country. Try not to take what its writers have to say too literally. “Homecoming 2017 has finally arrived, even though I’m not really sure if anyone was looking forward to it in the first place. Pretty soon, the entire University of Arizona campus will be overrun by individuals who simply can’t let go of their college years and have now sauntered back to their old stomping ground in a desperate attempt to reconnect with some part of the only time in their lives when they felt any sense of joy or fulfillment.”

POLICE BEAT: Homecoming Edition

Read police reports from past Homecomings. “According to the student, the purse had not been visible because it was hidden under a laptop; the laptop was not stolen.”

Alumni Georganne Moline hurdles over mental blocks

Arizona track and field alumna, Georganne Moline, became a 2012 Olympian in the 400-meter hurdles during her junior in college. After a successful collegiate career, Moline continued to run professionally for Nike. It took four years of persistence and hard work to finally beat her 2013 personal record time of 53.72 seconds. In her fastest 400-meter hurdle race of all time at the 2017 U.S.A. Nationals, Moline ran an impressive 53.14 seconds.



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