If your idea of a successful homecoming is a football victory, then you can thank Coach Bill Cronin’s men for pulling out a 51-45 thriller Saturday. GC let an 18-point lead slip away in the second half, but running back John Keene – who rushed for 93 yards and three touchdowns – ran one in from eight yards out for the capper.

Homecoming King and Queen

Homecoming King and Queen

At halftime, a pair of seniors from Louisville were crowned King and Queen – Lambda Chi’s Michael Clemons, a President’s Ambassador, class president, Honors student and member of the track and cross country teams; and, Phi Mu’s Sarah Hopkins, a member of Campus Outreach and part of the Alpha & Omega Home mission team to Brazil.

But, you really had to BE here to fully “Dream Big” (the Homecoming 2008 theme). If nothing else, an elegant 10th anniversary celebration of the Anna Ashcraft Ensor Learning Resource Center on Thursday night in the Neal Fireside Room made for a bigger weekend.

And, those who stayed around for a rare Men’s basketball season-opener went home with dreams of another big season. Six players scored in double figures – led by Demetrius Guions’ 19 and Vincent Crutcher’s 18 – in the 133-32 route of Ohio State-Mansfield.

In between, emcees junior Blair Owens and Andrew Noe ’08 had just the perfect rapport and banter for Songfest. Here are the all-important awards:

KD songfest group

Kappa Delta Songfest Group

  • Most Unique: Sigma Kappa
  • Best Theme Development: Kappa Delta
  • Best Choreography: Phi Mu
  • Most Comical: Anderson Hall
  • Best Musical: Knight Hall
  • Participant’s Choice (Male): Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Participant’s Choice (Female): Independent Women

And, at evening’s end – Kelsey Barbato, a freshman Biology major/Theatre minor from Danville, was named Princess; she’s an Equine Scholar and member of the track team, btw. And, Thomas Owens, a freshman Chemistry major/Psychology minor from Nicholasville, was named Prince; he’s involved in Campus Ministries.

The brunches and the circle-ups were special as usual. Come back later for a full slide show of Homecoming festivities, but here’s a taste:

pha serenades philpot

PHA serenades their First Lady, junior Laura Philpot of Lexington, as she sits on the knee of president Brandon Lopez, a senior from Louisville.

lamda chi charge

Matt Hubbard, right-foreground, a junior from Paducah, leads the Lambda Chi’s charge out into the quad.


adrea stephens laroche

Those who stopped by the Young Alumni Club tent in the quad were entertained by Lexington singer/songwriter Adrea Stephens LaRoche ’99, second from left, (she’s been working on a CD in Nashville that’s coming out in January; follow her at www.adrealaroche.com).



candy brunk
Mother Candy Brunk, who teaches at the Academy of Medical Message (Mays Lick) and works at Lexmark, worked on the tight muscles of professor David Fraley; the Lyric Theatre Society massage tent netted about $200, which will go towards funding the College’s first-ever opera, Dec. 4-5. (Tickets go on sale Nov. 1 at The Store, $4 students, adult non-students $15, 10-under free; call 502-863-8134).


phi mu bench
Other Homecoming awards went to:Overall Bench Award: Phi Mu
Overall Homecoming Week Award (Male):
Phi Kappa Tau
Overall Homecoming Week Award (Female):
Alpha Gamma Delta