By Paul A. Holston
Filled with live entertainment, crowd excitement, and a terrific night to remember, the pep rally entitled “Olympia” kicked off during the 2014 Howard University Homecoming week October 14 at Greene Stadium.
The purpose of the pep rally was to gather the Howard University community in a supportive manner to celebrate the beginning of the new athletic season. The event featured exciting performances from different Howard organizations as well as live performances from recording artists to join students, faculty, and alumnus in awakening the Bison spirit for another year.
The audience brought a lot of excitement and great enthusiasm as they kept the energy going throughout the event. For most of the freshmen class, this was their first time at a Howard Homecoming and pep rally.
Crystal Colson, a freshman physician assistant major from Miami, FL, said this was something she has never seen before and looks forward to the week ahead. “I’m very excited,” she said, “I look forward to the step show, the football game, and the parties of course! I really look forward to seeing Trey Songz…that’s my man!”
Introductions of the football team brought the crowd to an uproar as both the team and audience pumped themselves up for the upcoming football game.
Aquanius Freeman, a senior from New Orleans, LA, and the football team’s running back, said he looks forward to playing against Saturday’s opponent, the Florida A&M Rattlers, in front of the home crowd, especially as it’s his last year at Howard University. He also said that the pep rally really showed the great support his fellow Bisons have for all of the school’s sports teams.
Guest appearances included DJ DeTroyt, Angie Ange, from 93.9 WKYS and fellow Howard Alumni, and performing artist Snootie Wild, who performed his hit song “Yayo.”
Ange said to the crowd, “Homecoming is all about the unity. When I come back as an alum, I come to support you all. I know that every year is going to be different in regards to which artist come, but the family atmosphere is something that I can always look forward to.”
With the combination of Howard University’s “Showtime” Marching Band, the “Bison” cheerleaders, the Bisonette Dance Ensemble, the college radio station WHBC 96.3 HD3, and the community support, the Mecca was in abundance of Homecoming spirit.
Ikenna Ike, a graduating senior chemical engineering major from Houston, TX, and current executive vice president of Howard University Student Association, defined Howard’s homecoming in one word: electric.
“It’s all about the camaraderie, the feeling of seeing the old, the new, and something fresh…,” he said. “The pep rally is suppose to gather the spirit of homecoming itself and prepare students of the events this week. I look forward to seeing all my old friends from past [graduating] classes.”
With the theme of #CrownIsComing and its 90th year of excellence, it is safe to say that Howard Homecoming Royalty has arrived.