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Santa Monica College Celebrates Homecoming Week

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October 26, 2015--Santa Monica College has been long known for its homecoming festivities, drawing 72 bands one year, a parade of corvettes another and featuring a male queen that stirred up controversy 40 years ago.

This week, Santa Monica College celebrates homecoming with Spirit Week, which culminates Saturday, Halloween Day with a tailgate party starting at 10:30 a.m. followed by the Corsairs’ 2015 Homecoming Game against the LA Southwest College Cougars at 1 p.m., college officials said.

The free family picnic tailgate on The Quad will feature a DJ, carnival games with Halloween-themed prizes and plenty of events for the kids, including balloon artists, free glitter and henna “tattoos” and face painting, as well as beverages, snacks, and meals from three food trucks, officials said.

“Kids are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes and go trick-or-treating at the booths of a vibrant selection of SMC student clubs,” event organizers said.

Participants are encouraged to bring their picnics and blankets, but alcoholic beverages, glass containers, barbecues and chairs with pointed legs are prohibited, organizers said. SMC is a smoke free campus, so all smoking is prohibited.

A highlight of homecoming week is the popular Club Row, which will be held Thursday at 11:15 a.m. and features more than 50 student clubs. Another highlight takes place at halftime of Saturday’s game, when the Santa Monica High School Vikings Marching Band, one of the oldest marching bands in the western US, will take the field.

Halftime activities also will include “a parade of all the SMC athletic teams to show SMC school spirit, a raffle for three iPad Minis, and a field-goal kicking contest that will give five students the chance to win up to a $1,000 in SMC Bookstore gift cards,” organizers said.

Admission is free for the game and all pre-game activities, and ample free parking is available on the premises, college officials said.

Saturday’s game will be the 66th homecoming game played at Corsair Field, which, along with the campus, was constructed in 1948. The festivities surrounding homecoming have often been colorful, and sometimes attention-grabbing.

In 1955, more than 900 votes, a record number, were cast to elect Pat Sheaffer as homecoming queen, according to an article published last year in the campus paper, The Corsair. She would lead a colorful parade along a route that stretched three miles.

In 1973, there were 72 marching bands that participated in the homecoming festivities, according to the paper.

But it was the election of a homecoming queen two years later that turned the most heads, when female impersonator Michael Heesy, also known as “Goldie Glitters,” won the crown with 38 percent of the vote, according to the Corsair. Goldie was not publically crowned at the game, and the following year, the title of “homecoming king” was created.

By the mid-1980s, homecoming week had fizzled due to lack of interest and funds, according to the Corsair article. In 1993, Barkersfield College fans outnumbered the fans who came out to root for the home team.

Since then, interest in the old tradition has been rekindled, and college officials expect a big crowd at Saturday’s tailgate party and game.

The Family Picnic Tailgate is sponsored by the Santa Monica College Associated Students in coordination with Corsair Athletics, the SMC Office of Public Programs, The SMC Foundation, and the SMC Alumni Association.

For more information about the Family Picnic Tailgate, visit and click on the Homecoming link, or call (310) 434-4100.

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