By Thomas Scavetta
Assistant Sports Editor
Celebrating its 60th anniversary, Post held its annual Homecoming weekend. The annual pep rally was held on Friday, Oct. 9, which featured alumni Joe Gatto, from the class of 1998, and star of “Impractical Jokers,” followed by a live show from Seth Meyers at the Tilles Center.
Saturday was another day filled with events and activities. Sarabeth Levine, class of 1964, visited and held a brunch at McGrath House. Two other major events were the carnival in the parking lot next to Bethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium, and of course, the football game against Merrimack College, both of which required a ton of work and preparation.
Saturday had a big turnout, with many students, parents, friends, faculty, and alumni coming together and celebrating the day’s events. The day was capped off with a Pioneer win against Merrimack, giving the football team their fourth win of the year. “It was a huge game because of the devastating loss against them last year,” said senior Public Relations major, Brandon Cheney, who is the linebacker for the team.
“What I enjoy most about Homecoming is the atmosphere because everyone is in high spirits, and it’s the one time of the year everyone collectively gets together to celebrate,” said Mike Kallapozis, a senior Business Finance major. As president of Theta Chi, he and his fraternity brothers had a great turnout tailgating at the football game. “I grilled hamburgers and hot dogs all day while some of the guys were playing Kan Jam and enjoying the beautiful weather,” Kallapozis said.
Some of the other members of Theta Chi shared similar thoughts. “As a transfer student from the University of Arizona, this was my first Homecoming here at Post and [I] had a great time,” said Sean Alpert, a junior Psychology major, who is a new member of the club.
Others didn’t have many expectations for the event and just went with the flow, especially some of the freshmen. “The only thing I would change is allowing us to tailgate a little longer and not ask us to leave the parking lot after the game,” Kallapozis said.
Throughout the week, students had the opportunity to vote for the Homecoming king and queen. The winners were revealed at halftime during the football game. “This was my first Homecoming and my favorite part was when my sister Kelsey D’Andrea won Homecoming queen,” said Breanna Martinez, a junior English Writing major, and member of Alpha Xi Delta.
Homecoming king was senior Ketan Parmar, who is from Phi Sigma Kappa. Both Parmar and D’Andrea were recognized at halftime along with the other nominees.
LIU Post seemed to have yet another amazing Homecoming because everyone came together to help prepare and make sure people had a blast. Students demonstrated their school spirit by picking up their free Homecoming t-shirts in Hillwood Commons, and showed their Post Pride by wearing Green and Gold apparel throughout the week.