UWF kicks off Homecoming Week

By Morgan Givens
Staff writer

The heat and humidity could not stop University of West Florida students from gathering for the Cannon Fest to kick off Homecoming Week for the 2017 school year.

Since the UWF’s campus was closed on Monday due to Hurricane Nate, most events planned for that day were moved to Tuesday.

There was an abundance of activities for students to partake in for the Cannon Fest. On the Cannon Green in front of the library, there were events such as cornhole, a giant inflatable obstacle course, and even sparring your friends with large foam pugil sticks in an inflated pit. Several student organizations provided Argos with free food, and many had the opportunity to earn a free UWF Homecoming T-shirt if they shared their experience on social media.

“It’s a great opportunity for free food and other stuff of course,” Savannah Daw, a digital art major, said, “but I also like to show my Argo spirit, and it’s nice to see a bunch of people gather together and have a good time.”

This year’s homecoming court was also announced, with 11 representatives taking the stage. This year’s group was chosen through a competitive application process. Polls remain open through Friday, and Mr. and Ms. UWF will be announced at the Homecoming football game.

Nominees for Mr. UWF are Jarrett Clifton, Tylor Williams, Patrick Naranjo, Marcus Jackson, Matt Allen and Travis Mitchell. Nominees for Ms. UWF are Jay-Ana Benavente, Leonie Dupuis, Ashley Sepessy, Taylor Suwarow, Victoria Weekley and Kirstina Summerlin.

“It’s definitely a humbling experience,” Dupuis said, “A ton of students apply every year, and I think what’s most exciting is having the opportunity to get people pumped for homecoming and showing school spirit.

In other locations on campus, students transformed windows in the library and in the commons into their own works of art, part of the Window Graffiti event. Students also had the chance to pick up a good read at the library’s book sale, which takes place annually on Homecoming Week.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of UWF, and Tuesday’s festivities were only the beginning to a week of celebration. Tuesday was also the day of the Cardboard Boat Race, where Argos raced across the pool in cardboard boats.

On Wednesday,  the Canstruction event was one of the highlights of Homecoming week, where students built structures out of nonperishable canned items, all of which were donated to the UWF Argo Pantry.

Other events include the annual Golden Fleece Challenge and Colchis, the highlight concert featuring rapper Rich Homie Quan, which is happening tonight.

Homecoming week will wrap up with the football game against Delta State on Saturday.

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