USC Homecoming Week Kicks Off in Front of the Russell House
A juggler entertained the crowd to keep with the overall Homecoming Under the Big Top theme
A balloon artist created balloon crowns for students during Homecoming Kickoff
By: Emmonie Crumblin
USC students flooded Greene Street to get free food, balloon crowns, and enjoy the entertainment as the school kicked off Homecoming Week activities. They also collected free gifts from local businesses like Britton's of Columbia and Insomnia Cookies.
"Students get more engaged when they know its some free stuff going on then they can go for the free stuff then they learn something new about different organizations or other stuff going on," said sophomore Jeremy Austin.
"In previous years it's really been the thought that homecoming is only for fraternities and sororities. And so I guess this year, we really just wanted to let the whole student body know that anybody can get involved with homecoming," said Homecoming commissioner Alexis Brewe.
Brewe said a way students on campus can get involved is with the residence halls decorating competition. This competition was introduced this year along with new events like Trivia Night in the Russell House.
Austin said kickoff was his first event and he plans on going to a lot more later this week.
Homecoming Week continues Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. with the annual Spurs and Struts Competition on Greene Street. There is also a concert Wednesday night featuring pop-rock duo Icona Pop.