Homecoming week kicks off at MSU

Homecoming week is officially in motion at Minnesota State University, Mankato. To kick off homecoming, MSU hosted an event yesterday at the Centennial Student Union Mall for students to hear live music and get pumped up for the festive week ahead. The band, “Mark Joseph and the American Soul,” played from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and played both covers and original songs. Students seemed to enjoy the music as some took photos and videos while doing their homework.  

Senior at MSU, Meghan Larson, was at the event yesterday. Larson was sitting and enjoying the live music while doing homework. She is trying to do what she can in her last year to be involved in events happening during homecoming week. 

“Being positive on campus and going to events happening on campus, like listening to the live music,” said Larson. “The band was pretty good. I only heard their last song, but they still sounded good.” 

One of the events hosted this week is the lip-sync battle happening on Thursday, Sept. 22. The event takes place in the Bresnan Arena in the Taylor Center. Larson said she might be going to the event to show school spirit.

“I think just everything going around on campus is fun. Lip-sync is always really fun to watch, and their performances are usually pretty good,” said Larson. “I’ve also just been seeing what’s going around on campus. So that’s kind of what I’ve been doing lately.” 

On Saturday, Sept. 24, a homecoming parade will happen at noon. It will start on Warren Street and end on Stadium Road. Organizations like the Maverick Machine, the homecoming royalty, and many other student groups will be marching in the parade. 

Matthew Jensen, a junior at MSU and drum major for the Maverick Machine, will be conducting the band through the parade and during the football game. He is excited for the busy week ahead of him and showing his school spirit. 

“I love seeing the entire crowd all just in purple and gold and cheering for our team to win the game,” said Jensen. “I’ll be in the parade with the Maverick Machine, and it will be an awesome time. [I’ll be wearing] purple and gold all week.” 

Maggie Howe, a junior at MSU, lives on one of the streets where the parade will take place. 

“I heard there was a parade, and that sounds fun. I live on Stadium Road, so I might be at the parade, but I’m not too sure about it,” said Howe. 

Students can go to MSU’s website ( to learn more about this week’s events.

Header Photo: Homecoming week kicked off with a performance by “Mark Joseph and the American Soul” on the Cenntenial Student Union Mall yesterday. Several events will be taking place during the week to show off school spirit. (Julia Barton/The Reporter)

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