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Homecoming 2012 at ole miss

the university of mississippi community celebrates homecoming this week through a variety of free events sponsored by the student programming board and formal celebrations over the weekend to highlight the game.
Grant Beebe

While many are focused on the battle Saturday between the Ole Miss Rebels and the Auburn Tigers, homecom- ing celebrations are ongoing throughout the week. Numerous free events sponsored by the Student Programming Board (SPB) will take place in front of the Student Union. Jim Mosier, co-director of entertainment at the SPB, describes the events that opened the week as successful. “Yesterday we had a me- chanical bull,” Mosier said Tuesday. “I think that the stu- dents liked it. And today we had an Unplugged session where Joe Scott sang.” Dean of Students Sparky Reardon said he is excited to see alumni return for Homecoming. “Every weekend is a small homecoming at Ole Miss,” Reardon said. “This week is a great opportunity to recognize alumni who have come home for a big game.” Homecoming queen Courtney Pearson expressed excitement about this weekend and emphasized the proximity of homecoming celebrations to the anniversary of the university’s integration. “I think that it’s a very interesting time at Ole Miss because just 50 years ago, I wouldn’t even be allowed to attend here,” Pearson said. “I feel very honored; now I get to represent the entire university in various capacities, and that’s great.” “It was never my intention to say, ‘I want to be the first black homecoming queen,’” Pearson said. “It’s great that Ole Miss students love me just as much as I love them and to know that I have had a great experience this week.” Chancellor Dan Jones is optimistic about this week- end’s game. “This week, in particu- lar, I’m looking forward to an SEC victory in football,” Jones said. “We’re going to beat an SEC team in football this week I am certain of it.” Homecoming traditions will also make the weekend a special memory for Jones. “One of the traditions is that the homecoming queen and her family sit in my box, and so I get to spend time with the homecoming queen and her family,” Jones said. “When these families come for that experience, it’s a great moment in their lives to be the homecoming queen at Ole Miss is a big deal, so it’s so much fun to be with those families and to spend time with them.” Although Pearson is nervous about her Homecoming, she hopes to both make history and make her family proud. “I am a little nervous,” Pear- son said. “Making my parents proud, to see their faces I’m sure my mom will still be crying because she hasn’t stopped yet.” “The parade, the game, be- ing out in the Grove, being surrounded by thousands of people who love you that’s something to be excited about,” Pearson said. “I hope people are as excited as I am.”