Girls, pull those off-the-shoulder sweatshirts and stirrup pants out of the back of your closets. Guys, dig those acid wash jeans and fanny packs out of the bottom of your dresser drawers. The 80s are, like, back and as killer as ever at the 80s Homecoming Jam, this Friday, Oct. 15 from 9 p.m. until midnight at the International Center.
[max]The jam, which in the past has filled each venue it has been hosted in, will feature the 80s cover band Star Farm, Rachel Bomeli, sophomore and UAB Special Events Chair said the band was discovered after a lengthy search.
In addition to listening to totally tubular tunes, students attending the event, sponsored by the University Activities Board, can dress in styles from the neon era for rad prizes in categories such as best hair, best pop icon and best 80s man and woman. Those dressed to the max can win an 80s movie pack, sixty-four 80s cassette tapes, Smurf roller skates, a collection of Trolls, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles suitcase, as well as a grand prize of a banana seat bicycle. There will also be TVs set up for guests to play classic video games and craft areas to make friendship bracelets and key chains.
“This is not [an event] we usually do,” Bomeli said. “But, the 80s are a time everyone grew up in and it’s fun to reminisce.”
The 80s Homecoming Jam is just one of the gnarly events students can attend during MSU’s Homecoming week. The UAB has been organizing MSU Homecoming events since the board’s beginning in 1916.
Tahera Sakarwala, international relations and finance junior and Homecoming Events Chair for the UAB, said that it is the Board’s mission to provide students with entertainment on campus.
“We have the power to get students out and involved,” Sakarwala said. “We hope we can get students into the spirit.”
Getting into the spirit will be easy at MSU’s “Catch the Spirit” Homecoming parade, Friday Oct. 15, at 6:00 p.m. The parade starts on Abbot Road and continues onto campus. Following the parade at 7:30 p.m. will be a Pep Rally and fireworks at the IM East Field.
Saturday October 16, game day, will begin with the football game’s kick-off at noon against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Later that night, Spartan spirit will reach a high note at the Breslin Center. Starting at 8 p.m., the MSU Marching Band and Marching Band Drumline will take the stage for the Spartan Spectacular. Other guests include the MSU Wind Symphony, Percussion Ensemble, Beaumont Brass Quintet, Tenor Richard Fracker, Clarinetist Caroline Hartig and MSU Jazz Band. Tickets for this event are $8.50 for the general public and $6.50 for Band Fans, MSU students and groups of 25 or more. “It’s a good time to get out and perform,” music education junior Allison Irons said.
With the number of events going on around campus the entire week, there’s bound to be something for everyone to help them get into the spirit of things.

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