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Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | OCTOBER 14, 2009 7:20 AM

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Two views on Homecoming

If I could summarize the Homecoming parade in one word, it would be “lame.” If I had to use two words, it would not be published in the paper. I recently moved back to Iowa City from a much smaller town and had been boasting to my children that they would soon experience a “real parade.”

I could not have been further from the mark. Apparently, gone are the days when the fraternities and sororities had pride, talent, ambition, and assiduousness, coupled with a healthy dose of rivalry.

As a former resident and student, I remember driving past the fraternity houses to sneak a peak at the elaborate floats meticulously crafted over time just for a glimpse of what would await us at the parade. It is so sad that the college students today believe waving out of a pickup with a handmade sign constitutes something worthy of locating a decent parking space. I hope, if nothing else, this letter inspires future entrants to realize some people actually show up expecting a parade and that future crowd-goers no longer have to exclaim in pained and meaningful tones, “Oh my god, this is lame!”

Erin Irvine
Iowa City resident

Congratulations to SCOPE on another great Homecoming celebration, featuring Augustana and the Temptations. On behalf of my parent company, Clear Channel Communications, and local radio station 100.7 KKRQ the Fox, I have had the great pleasure of working with SCOPE for several years — promoting and introducing the stellar, free talent that they continue to line up each Homecoming Friday night. That one night is the culmination of hundreds of hours of planning, on top of regular class loads, personal engagements, not to mention, the stressors within the first weeks of school.

What an astonishing feat for such talented young individuals to come together the way that they do and provide us with such memorable evenings, working well into game-day morning.

Throughout the year, SCOPE continues to bring quality entertainment not only to the university but our community as a whole, and I personally value its commitment to the arts. Alumni, residents, and students all benefit from the members’ sacrifices, and for that, we owe them our deep gratitude.

Jerry Lalor
Online content manager, 100.7 KKRQ


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