Dozens of Southern Miss students traded their books for trash bags for awhile in an effort to spruce up their campus.
The Student Government Assn. hosted a campus-wide clean-up Wednesday afternoon. It was done to prepare the grounds for Homecoming activities, which will kick into high gear in the coming days. This year's events include an Alumni Hall of Fame Banquet, the annual Homecoming Parade and, of course, the football game Saturday between the Golden Eagles and the Marshall University Thundering Herd.
"One thing we're having this year that's a little bit new is on Sunday morning at 10:30, we'll be hosting the inaugural African-American Alumni Brunch," said Jerry DeFatta, executive director of the Southern Miss Alumni Assn. "And so, it's an opportunity for us to bring back on campus a lot of people who, in many cases, haven't been here in quite some time," he said.
"We just want to make sure that the campus is as clean as it can be before we have everyone on campus this weekend for Homecoming," said Kayla Patak, Homecoming director for the Student Government Assn. "We have great spirit for our campus, so everyone is really excited for this week and really looking forward to what's to come," she said.
And this year's Homecoming Parade is moving back to midtown from downtown. It leaves the University Mall parking lot at 11 a.m. Saturday and will head east along Hardy Street to the campus' main entrance.