MU alumni take part in homecoming festivities
HUNTINGTON — Thousands of Marshall University students, both past and present, packed Huntington Saturday for homecoming.
Kathy Edwards, 57, of Barboursville, arrived with her group at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Many of them have tailgated together since the days of Fairfield Stadium. Their pregame event typically attracts about 20 people.
“We all feel like a big family,” she said. “It just continues the tradition and you get visit with the same people you’ve known for so many years.”
Matt Dincher, 27, of Shady Spring, W.Va., showed up with his tailgate at 10 a.m. Saturday. He said it’s a weekend ritual for worthy of the nearly two-hour drive. Game days provide him a chance to catch up with classmates from 2008 to 2010. Their group travels from Charleston, Cross Lanes and Beckley.
“We all met here in undergrad, graduated and moved back home,” he said. “We just kind of come here to hang out with friends and meet up with everybody.”
Homecoming also included the crowning of Mr. and Miss Marshall. The honor of Mr. Marshall went to Derek Ramsey, a native of Lewisburg and a graduate of Greenbrier East High School.
Miss Marshall is 2010 Huntington High School graduate McKenzie Cooley, daughter of Maurice and Deborah Cooley. Maurice Cooley is the director of the Center for African American Students at Marshall. She is a member of the Student Government Association.
Saturday’s other festivities included the 5K Alumn Run, homecoming parade and the National Pan-Hellenic Council Step Show and the Rhoyal Affair Black Alumni dance.
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