GCC Homecoming 2007

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Harbison Chapel from the steps coming up from the field

After having pulled in at my parents' after midnight, Becky, Ken, and I were in no rush to get moving this morning.  We arrived on campus just after the parade but in plenty of time before the game that afternoon.  Meeting up with several other girls from my freshman hall (Kate, Alysia, Lin), we chatted for a little bit and then headed over to the newly-redesigned Hicks Cafeteria.   Three years ago, we shuffled through a buffet style line and shouldered our way between football players to reach the sandwich fixings before squeezing between long tables to find a seat in the brown hall.  Now a soothing blue color, the cafeteria functions on a station system which allows for a greater variety of options (and healthier ones).  The tables are mainly smaller round ones along with a few long ones and even some booths.

front of HAL
  Although the ceiling follows a more utilitarian look now, it feels much more open.  Even the narrow entranceway failed to stop our minor jealousy over this nice eating space for current students.

Following lunch we headed over to HAL, the Hall of Arts and Letters which opened when we were juniors.  Therefore, I had relatively few classes in this building but it still felt far more familiar than the cafeteria.  This time is also when I felt like I had "come home" since one of the Spanish professors remembered me and chatted with me for ten minutes about how post-college life was going.  It is a good feeling to be recognized.

We then swung down to the Quad where the reunion tents filled the eastern side of the grassy area and the Greek village took over the western half.

Lin and Kate
  Hearing the band approaching, we hurried over to the steps that led to Lower Campus.  Most of us former band members, we knew that if we didn't hit the steps first, it would be a wait as the approximately 150 red-uniformed musicians made their way down.  We headed down the stone steps, crossed Rainbow Bridge (arched over a much-shallower Wolf Creek), and watched the trumpet fanfare line up and perform on the wall overlooking Lower Campus.

Once inside the stadium, we located seats near my parents (which gave me extra time with them too).  The pre-game show brought back memories of marching on that field myself (well, marching in that space; it has been turned into Astroturf since I graduated) since the band follows the same marching formations for pre-game from one fall season to the next, just different music beyond the basics (Star-Spangled Banner, Fight Song, etc).

Looking into the Inner Quad of MAP women's dorm
  The game itself wasn't too exciting although I did enjoy watching a player who had graduated from my dad's high school.  We went into halftime with a small lead.  The halftime show was my main reason for attending the game.  The band had a good performance (I wasn't a music major though); it was interesting to see them perform a number from one of my seasons there.

As the third quarter started, we wandered over to the newest dorms on campus and then up to the Breen Student Union which opened the fall after graduation.  Kate and Lin went ahead to get reservations at Rachel's, a favorite restaurant about fifteen minutes down the road.  The overall wait was about an hour and a half although most of us waited less than that thanks to the two girls going early.  I really enjoyed my food; dessert--a pretzel with chocolate dipping sauce--was my favorite part.

After dinner we walked around campus a little bit more and visited Ketler Rec and South Rec which have both been renovated since I was a student.  Saying good-bye was only a little bittersweet; we'll be together again soon.

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Harbison Chapel from the steps com…
Harbison Chapel from the steps co…
front of HAL
front of HAL
Lin and Kate
Lin and Kate
Looking into the Inner Quad of MAP…
Looking into the Inner Quad of MA…
in the Student Union
in the Student Union
HAL architecture
HAL architecture
windows of the Student Union with …
windows of the Student Union with…
HAL cupola
HAL cupola
renovated Ketler Rec
renovated Ketler Rec
renovated South Rec
renovated South Rec
us girls :)
us girls :)
the stadium
the stadium
trumpet fanfare
trumpet fanfare
football action!
football action!
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