Running around onstage in an inspired Ron Burgundy suit and mustache for Homecoming’s “Strut Your Stuff” talent show Wednesday evening, Pi Kappa Alpha brother Ben O’Connor believed in keeping Houston red by celebrating the University.
O’Connor, and 850 other students, came to the University Center Houston Room to celebrate the anticipation of Saturday’s football game against Tulsa.
“It’s very important to love where you go to school and be a part of it,” O’Connor said. “This event has been going on for many years. It’s important because it is tradition. The more we cherish tradition, the more we strengthen our identity as the University of Houston.”
According to Homecoming Chair Rowin Cordon, the week is planned every year to encourage student involvement and create ongoing traditions.
“Strut your Stuff” gave student organizations — big and small — the opportunity to showcase their school spirit and special talents.
Most of the groups choreographed dance routines or funny skits. A new category this year allowed groups to submit videos or mini-films.
Broadcast journalism junior and cultural director of the Nigerian Student Association Eunice Dadebo thanked many students who praised NSA’s performance.
The decision to sign up for Strut your Stuff was easy for NSA because of its continuous involvement in events like Cultural Explosion on campus.
“We wanted to show we love our school and how it allows people to get involved with their cultures,” Dadebo said. “We wanted to do something different. We just hoped the crowd liked it, and I guess they did.”
Of the 11 participating groups, the American Advertising Federation won first place in the video performance category.
In the stage performance category, Kappa Sigma fraternity and Chi Omega sorority took home first place. Second place went to Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and Delta Zeta sorority and third place to Phi Kappa Phi fraternity and Alpha Chi Omega sorority.
“Strut Your Stuff” celebrates Homecoming by introducing the 10 students on the Homecoming court.
History senior and president of Zeta Tau Alpha Jessica Avila, was one of the members on the court this year.
“Homecoming is one of those traditions that not only focuses on current students, but the alumni and the community,” Avila said. “It’s important to put a lot of focus on that and it’s also a time to showcase your own pride.”