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Monday, February 18, 2008

Pepperdine University Homecoming 2008

This past weekend was homecoming for Pepperdine University, where both Ashley (SC ’98) and I (SC ’97) graduated from. What you say, how in the world is homecoming in February with the college football season being over since January? Well, when you do not have a football team, the next best thing is the basketball team – so at Pepperdine University, homecoming happens every February and this year it was February 15-17, 2008.

Pepperdine University Homecoming 2008 - Ashley and I wearing our Pepperdine orange at the men's Volleyball game against UCSDAshley and I wearing our Pepperdine orange at the men's volleyball game against UCSD.

Last year, Ashley and I did not make it out – I believe we were in Hawaii – but with a theme like “Catch a Wave”, how could we miss this year’s event? Not to mention, we only live 25 miles from the campus and are still largely involved in life around Malibu. We made plans to attend, catch up with a few friends and professors, and catch a couple of sporting events.

With most of the festivities starting around noon, we grabbed a quick bite to eat at John’s Garden and headed up to campus. It was a beautifully sunny day in Malibu and the event this year was being organized mainly at Alumni Park, that green sprawling lawn that you can see from Pacific Coast Highway.

Here are some of the pictures and events from the day, in chronological order:
Pepperdine Homecoming 2008 - The entrance to the Homecoming 2008 area in Alumni ParkThe entrance to the Homecoming 2008 area in Alumni Park.

Pepperdine Homecoming 2008 - The Heidelberg Reunion tentThe Heidelberg Reunion tent, a place for those of us that studied in and visited Heidelberg to get together.

Pepperdine Homecoming 2008 - The men's water polo team playing against the alumni.  Some nice trash talking in this one.The men's water polo team playing against the alumni. Some nice trash talking in this one.

Pepperdine Homecoming 2008 - The men's baseball team playing against the alumni.The men's baseball team playing against the alumni, I was hoping for a Randy Wolf sighting.

Pepperdine Homecoming 2008 - The men's volleyball team hitting for a kill during their match against UCSDThe men's volleyball team hitting for a kill during their match against UCSD. It was a sweep for #7 Pepperdine, 3-0.

Pepperdine Homecoming 2008 - You cannot have an event at Pepperdine without In-N-Out!Free In-N-Out, does it get any better than this? You cannot have an event at Pepperdine without In-N-Out!

Pepperdine Homecoming 2008 - The Pepperdine University Step team joins in the fun after the Cheerleaders and the Dance team.The Pepperdine University Step team joins in the fun after the Cheerleaders and the Dance team.

Pepperdine Homecoming 2008 - Another beautiful sunset in Malibu with the sun setting behind Point Dume.  Great way to end the day.Another beautiful sunset in Malibu with the sun setting behind Point Dume. Great way to end the day.

Pepperdine Homecoming 2008 - The Lip Sync competition for the students as part of the spirit cup.The Lip Sync competition for the students as part of the spirit cup.
In the end, although we bought a couple of tickets for the basketball game – we skipped it. After the student Lip Sync competition, there was a two-hour lull between that and the start of the basketball game with no further activities. Being out in Malibu for the day, rather than sticking it out in the evening that turned cold quickly – we headed back home and watched the All-Star Slam Dunk competition. Hopefully next year, this part of the schedule will be tightened up some.
Personally, we liked the location better at Alumni Park, provided the weather cooperates rather than being spread out across campus. It’s nice to have all of the events centrally located – the only concern would be the scheduling as it seemed pretty drawn out.

On another note, it seemed that student participation was much lower that I had experienced in the past. In chatting with a few students, they agreed – sounds like some of the normal competition, parades, and those types of things have really fallen off in recent years. You could sense a little bit of disappointment in their voices. Hopefully the student life will pick that up over the next couple of years, as that would make the event that much better.

However, we still had a great time catching up with a few people and checking out the latest happenings on campus. Overall, it was a good event that can definitely be built upon. Next year, Ashley and I will need to catch the “sweet hearts” brunch which is for couples that met while in school.

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