“This is the first one. We’re calling it ‘faux-co.'”
So said students living on Broughdale Ave., unhappy with Western University’s decision to push Homecoming festivities to late October in an effort to curb unsanctioned parties on the notoriously rowdy street.
After nearly 10,000 students flooded Broughdale Ave. last year, causing some concern in the minds of London Police and university officials, Western decided to make a change.
This weekend is being called “Reunion Weekend” by Western, with plenty of events focused on pleasing the alumni crowd.
Executive Director of Alumni Relations Trista Walker said this weekend is mostly for those that have been out of school for a number of years.
“The reunion alumni are always our primary audience. Western has 280,000 alumni, so they can’t all come back at once, but they do come back in those milestone reunions,” she said. “So this being 2016, anyone who graduated in a year ending in a one or a six is in a milestone reunion.”
This year’s split weekends (Reunion Weekend this weekend, Homecoming on Oct. 22) happened because some alumni have planned more than a year in advance of the meetup.
“We have no intention of having two weekends in the future. It was because we made a date change to have the Homecoming celebration a little bit deeper into the fall.”
But students living on Broughdale Ave. don’t seem deterred by the change in scheduling.
“I think they’re just giving us two homecomings,” laughed Michelle. “I read an article today that said one of the people on the committee just realized, ‘I think we accidentally gave Western students two homecomings this year,” her housemate Christina added.
Such is the mindset at a number of different households along Broughdale, mostly student occupied.
Shannon Morgan lives a bit closer to where students usually congregate, and said Broughdale will still be busy.
“I don’t think Western students are going to be holding back at all. If anything, they’re just kind of annoyed with Western admin saying they don’t want students to party, so naturally, young people are going to party even harder.”
London Police are planning for anything on Saturday, and will be live-tweeting from their Twitter account.
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Walker said they are trying to make sure there are more on-campus activities in late October to take them away from the usual ruckus that happens on the street near the gates at Western.
The Western Mustangs play tomorrow, hosting the Laurier Golden Hawks at 1 p.m.
During Homecoming Weekend, the Mustangs will host the McMaster Marauders on Oct. 22.
Still, Walker said what happens on Broughdale now seems to be more important to students than the actual games.
“The issues at Broughdale that are most concerning to us at the university are not just what our Western students are doing when they’re over there, enjoying some, what used to be pre-football activity, now they don’t even make it over to the football game.”