The following article was originally printed in volume 24, issue 15, page 5 of The Maneater. It has been reprinted here as it appeared in the paper in 1976. It is not to be seen as a current news article.
Homecoming ’76: Pageantry, competition and good times
UMC homecoming activities are nearing their climax with today’s vote for the homecoming queen. The polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at special booths on campus.
Living organizations will display their house decorations from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. tonight.
Marching Mizzou will entertain at 7 p.m. at the Broadway Shopping Center in honor of the premier of the band’s 11-minute movie “Marching Mizzou” showing at the Cinema Theatre.
In Greek town, the traditional Kappa Alpha snake dance will begin at 9:30 p.m. at the KA house on the corner of University and College avenues. the dance will “slither” over to the practice field on Providence and Stadium for a bonfire and pep rally. A dance at Rothwell gymnasium, sponsored by MSA, will follow the bonfire.
Saturday will feature the Homecoming parade beginning at 9 a.m., and it will travel through campus and downtown. Living organizations’’ floats will highlight the parade.
Mort Walker, creator of the cartoon character Beetle Bailey and a UMC School of Journalism graduate, will serve the parade as grand marshall. Walker also will crown the 1976 Homecoming Queen during the Iowa-State football game’s halftime ceremonies.
The queen will be announced at the Homecoming luncheon in the Hearnes Building at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
Queen candidates for this year are: Carol French, a senior in secondary education and president of the Education Student Council; Kathy Hershey a senior in journalism and Tiger Mascot; Kathy Maher, a junior in political science and president of the Association of Women Students; Gayle McFerrin, a junior in interior design and a Missouri Tiger Hostess; Kathy Moore, a senior in American Studies and president of Mortar Board; Mindy Modde, a senior in marketing and a member of Mortar Board; and Lou Ann Pfeifer, a senior in journalism and an MSA Senator.
With 40 points to be tabulated, two sororities, a men’s residence hall house and a fraternity are leading the campus competition for Homecoming participation points.
Points are tabulated for living units, and trophies awarded in three categories: fraternity/sorority, off-campus and residence halls. The point totals are transferred to competition for a campus trophy.
Living units compete in activities such as games, service projects and spirit posters to get points. Three events are yet to be judged: house decorations, decorated cars and floats. In addition, the seven groups who have Homecoming queen candidates in the finalists may received 15 points if their candidate wins.
Campus leaders are Chi Omega sorority in first place with 62 points, Green House of Hatch Hall, men’s dormitory, in second place with 52 points and Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and Delta Upsilon fraternity tied for third place with 50 points.
John Josendale, homecoming committee chairman, said this is the first time a residence hall has been in finalist competition for the campus trophy. This has traditionally been an area dominated by Greeks, Josendale said.
“This year we didn’t make the residence halls compete with the Greeks directly, and it helped their standings,” he said.