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Homecoming unites students and alumni in 'Polar Bear State of Mind'

Saturday's Homecoming game resulted in the Polar Bears defeating Muskingum University 44-3. (Northern Review photo/Shane Tilton)

Saturday's Homecoming game resulted in the Polar Bears defeating Muskingum University 44-3. (Northern Review photo/Shane Tilton)

Ohio Northern University’s 2016 Homecoming, themed “Polar Bear State of Mind,” was more than a monumental 44-3 football victory over Muskingum University. It was a weekend full of a parade, royalty, tailgating, and memories for current and past students.

This year’s activities started bright and early with the annual parade down Ada’s main street, staring the ONU Marching Band

Tailgating festivities drew attention to campus organizations and their causes, while providing lots of free stuff along the way.

“The free stuff is definitely my favorite thing about Homecoming. I go to the tailgating every year just to add more to my collection,” said senior music and marketing student Kellen Robacki.

The football game at Dial-Roberson Stadium was special for fourth-year pharmacy student Christian Theriault and junior pharmacy student Katie Seeco, crowned Homecoming King and Queen, and sophomore marketing major Joseph French, who set a single-season field goal record for the program with his 11th successful kick of the season.

Activities concluded with the Freed Center’s Performing Arts Series show, “The Movin’ Out Band,” featuring the music of popular performers Billy Joel and Elton John.

The college days are a transformative experience, and we design Homecoming activities to reflect on the special aspects of the ONU experience,” said Director of Alumni Relations Annmarie Baumgartner. “We welcome alumni and their families to visit campus, participate in the many events that are planned, and remember what ONU means to them.”

Robacki added, “I like seeing the different generations of Polar Bears all in one place.”

Lara Long, a 2014 pharmacy alumna, has a different respect for Homecoming since her days as a student.  

For the past two years, I have enjoyed being able to share Homecoming with my sister, who’s a current student,” she said. “It’s fun to return to campus and see her experience the same things I did. I look forward to returning next year when we’re both ONU alumni.”