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A walk with royalty: Meet the 2017 Homecoming King and Queen

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President John Beehler, Shea O’Donnell, Paris Coleman and Dr. Pam Beehler pose at halftime of the JSU vs. SEMO game after O’Donnell and Coleman were named the 2017 Homecoming Queen and King (photo by Matt Reynolds and Katy Nowak/JSU)

Katie Cline, Editor-in-Chief

It may have literally rained on their parade, but the weather didn’t dampen the spirits of JSU’s 2017 Homecoming King and Queen, Paris Coleman and Shea O’Donnell. The pair qualified for candidacy at the annual Homecoming Showcase on October 11. After voting on October 24, Coleman and O’Donnell learned that they had made the top five, and they were crowned at the homecoming pep rally on October 26. The King, Queen and their court were honored during halftime at the JSU vs. SEMO football game on Saturday, October 28.

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A line of royalty: Carson Bruce (left), Homecoming King 2016; Ranger Rumrill (center), Homecoming King 2015 and Paris Coleman, Homecoming King 2017 try to stay dry. The 2017 Homecoming parade was cancelled due to weather. (photo via Carson Bruce/Facebook)

A recent addition to JSU’s Homecoming Court requirements is that each candidate must choose a philanthropy and that the King and Queen must conduct one or more events benefitting those two groups during their reign.

Coleman’s philanthropy is Active Minds, a national non-profit mental health advocacy group.

“I chose Active Minds because I know that, through the teachings and plethora of information, this organization is able to not only change lives but to save them,” Coleman, a senior psychology major, said. “I’ve seen it happen firsthand. I helped a student through suicidal thoughts and actually stopped them from completing suicide. If I had not learned so much from my time with Active Minds, I don’t believe I could confidently say I would have been able to save them.”

Coleman hopes to raise money for Active Minds’ Send Silence Packing program, where backpacks containing the names, pictures and stories of people who have committed suicide are put on display in a public place. The goal is help visitors put faces and experiences together to combat the stigma behind depression and suicide.

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Shea O’Donnell and Paris Coleman smile after being crowned JSU’s 2017 Homecoming Queen and King at the homecoming pep rally on October 26. (photo by Katy Nowak/JSU)

O’Donnell’s philanthropy is music education in elementary schools. As an elementary education major and a Marching Ballerina, the philanthropy unites her two passions.

“I know that Homecoming elections used to be just a popularity contest, but now with the philanthropy portion added in, it has become much more than that,” O’Donnell, a sophomore, said. “Now we have an opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life. I chose my philanthropy because I was personally affected by it. As a Jacksonville native, I attended the local elementary school, Kitty Stone Elementary. I grew up with a mom who played piano, and began taking lessons in the third grade. I joined Kitty Stone Singers—the choir—in the fourth grade, and then joined band in sixth grade. I grew up in a family that was blessed enough to be able to allow me to join these musical groups and to grow in music. However, I know some families are not as fortunate as mine. Therefore, with my service project, all the proceeds raised would go back to the Kitty Stone music program to help buy instruments for students that might not have been able to have otherwise.”

One of O’Donnell’s plans for a fundraiser includes hosting a concert that brings back Kitty Stone alumni to show the community where how far music education can take a student.

For both Coleman and O’Donnell, the philanthropic element of their titles has been more important than the crown.

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Paris Coleman and DeLena Harris, a member of the 2017 Homecoming Court, smile in the lobby of Meehan Hall following recognition at the JSU vs. SEMO football game (photo via DeLena Harris/Facebook)

“I felt so ecstatic when I heard my name being called over the speaker in the Burgess-Snow Stadium,” Coleman said. “I felt so relieved that my message of a better community experience, and hard work paid off. My favorite part of the Homecoming experience was the ‘hope’ that came with the title. Students that I had never even met before came up to me stating that they supported who I was and what I stood for. They said that they were really happy that I could be a representative for them on this campus. They hoped that I could start a movement of mental health awareness and really bring light to the stigma that no one really wants to talk about. I’m just glad that I could be that hope for someone until they can be that hope for themselves.”

“I think that overall, my absolute favorite part of Homecoming was meeting everyone,” O’Donnell added. “I am a people person, and I love getting to meet new people. Through the showcase and all of the campaigning, I have gotten the wonderful opportunity of meeting some of the most incredible people at JSU. Along with these people, I have heard their hearts about their philanthropies, and seen them work to promote awareness about something much bigger than they are.”

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Abbie Beatty (left) and Destiny Allen (right) pose with Shea O’Donnell at the homecoming pep rally. Beatty, O’Donnell and Allen are all sisters of Alpha Xi Delta fraternity, the group that sponsored O’Donnell for Homecoming Queen (photo via Abbie Beatty/Facebook).

The other members of the 2017 Homecoming Court who were recognized at the homecoming game are DeLena Harris, Jalia Wilkins, Carlee Waits, Leah Strain, Patrick Hubbard, Cory Deerman, Skylar Fontaine and Kyle Burt.

 

 

 

 

Homecoming kicks off with Harvest Fest

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A boy gets his face painted at SGA’s 4th annual Harvest Fest on the Quad (Grace Cockrell/The Chanticleer)

Eric TauntonStaff Writer

The Student Government Association at Jacksonville State University hosted its 4th annual Harvest Festival on Tuesday, October 24 on the quad of JSU. Campus organizations set up tables and games while families and children trick-or-treated.

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Children play games for candy prizes at the Harvest Fest (Grace Cockrell/The Chanticleer)

“The Harvest Festival is an annual event for the Jacksonville community to participate in our homecoming activities,” said Kasey Gamble, Vice President of SGA. “It’s also a great way for our organizations to get their names out there.”

Organizations such as the American Chemical Society, Delta Sigma Theta, Circle K, Alpha Omicron Pi and more could be seen giving children candy and playing games with them.

Each organization had a theme for its table, and the activity typically corresponded to the theme. Phi Mu, a sorority on campus, played a game called “Jailbreak,” where children hit human-shaped prisoners with pieces of candy attached to a lanyard.

 

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Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority was one of the organizations that participated in this year’s Harvest Fest (Grace Cockrell/The Chanticleer)

Tri Beta, the biology honor society, taught children about different types of fish by encouraging them to capture paper-shaped fish of different colors with fishing hooks out of a mini-pool. When the child reeled a fish in, members of Tri Beta would then tell them about it based on a color-coded system created by the organization.

Circle K, a national community service organization, taught children about water sanitation as well as the water-crisis in Africa.

Children from the local Crazy About Dance studio performed numerous routines during the Harvest Festival to the entertainment of the crowd.

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JSU’s Homecoming theme is “Caught Red-Handed,” and kids were able to take pictures with themed photo props at the Harvest Fest (Grace Cockrell/The Chanticleer)

 

Gamble encourages any student that is interested to become a part of SGA.

“If anyone would like to get involved, I would tell them that it is super easy to do so,” Gamble said. “Anyone can join the Student Activities Council, which is a volunteer board that helps me run the events that I plan.”

Students are also able to run for Student Senate, a position in which students edit bylaws of the campus Constitution to better circumstances for students on campus.

Gamble believes that SGA is an important organization to have on campus.

“The SGA’s first priority is to serve the students. We do this by advocating for them in faculty committees, discussing matters like tuition and fees, the new Student Fitness and Wellness Center, and the selection of new employees,” said Gamble. “We also plan activities for students, help other organizations publicize their events, grant allocations for organizations, and any other task that is asked of us.”

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JSU senior Casey Payne has fun at the 4th annual Harvest Fest with Marleigh Burley, daughter of JSU alumna Katy Burley (Casey Payne/Facebook)

Gamble is excited for other planned events hosted by the SGA.

“We have a ton of events coming up! Homecoming week alone, we have the Harvest Festival on Tuesday, a volleyball game spirit night on Wednesday, J-Day on Thursday, and Bongoball Mania on Friday,” said Gamble. “We have a Native American History Month Celebration at the beginning of November, and we are having a Hollywood Style Gameshow at the end of November.”

SGA will also be hosting Midnight Breakfast, an event that takes place during the week of final exams in which students are invited to eat a late-night breakfast in Hopper Dining Hall.

“I am currently finalizing all events for the spring, and we have a lot of exciting things coming up,” said Gamble.

A full list of Homecoming activities can be found on the JSU website or on the SGA’s Instagram account, @jsu_sga.

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Homecoming candidates hold meet and greet prior to elections

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The nine candidates for Homecoming King and the Top 10 candidates for Homecoming Queen pose in Leone Cole Auditorium following the Homecoming Showcase. Homecoming King and Queen will be announced at the homecoming pep rally on Thursday, October 26 at 8 p.m. in the football stadium (photo by Katy Nowak/JSU)

Brannon Cahela, Staff Writer

On Monday October 23, JSU’s 2nd annual Homecoming candidate meet and greet took place at the TMB auditorium at 6:00 p.m. The meet and greet is an opportunity for students to come and meet the 2017 candidates for Homecoming King and Queen. Each candidate uses the event as an opportunity to share information about themselves and their philanthropy with students. This marks the second year that Homecoming candidates are required to have a philanthropic element to their campaign. Each candidate brought plenty of information about themselves and their respective philanthropies, as well as treats to influence voters. In addition to the booths candidates had set up, there was also free pizza and music.

“The Homecoming meet and greet is not only an opportunity to learn about candidates, but a great opportunity to meet new people,” said Vice President of Student Affairs Casey Gamble. There were plenty of students in attendance to support their friends, learn about the candidates, and eat free pizza.

The nine candidates for 2017 JSU Homecoming King are: Patrick Yim, a broadcast/digital journalism major supporting The Trevor Project and sponsored by Zeta Phi Eta; Max Gallegos, a marketing major supporting St. Jude’s Research Hospital and sponsored by Kappa Sigma; Patrick Hubbard, a nursing major supporting The National Down Syndrome Society and sponsored by Gamecock Orientation; George Meehan, an applied engineering major supporting Pediatric Cancer Research; Skylar Fontaine, an occupational safety and health management major supporting The “V” Foundation and sponsored by Gamecock Orientation; Corey Deerman, a political science major supporting Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and sponsored  by Pi Kappa Phi; Kyle Burt, a finance and accounting major supporting Volunteer Firefighters and sponsored by Kappa Alpha Order; Jack Gherdes, a political science major supporting Mission 22 and sponsored by Kappa Sigma; and Paris Coleman, a psychology/Spanish major supporting Active Minds and sponsored by Alpha Kappa Psi.

The ten candidates for 2017 JSU Homecoming Queen are: Brooklyn Wright, a nursing major supporting JSUnity and sponsored by Alpha Omicron Pi; Delena Harris, a broadcast journalism major supporting ALS Association and sponsored by Gamecock Orientation; Rebekah Beasley, a pre-health biology major supporting Be Con-Fi-Dental and sponsored by JSU Ambassadors; Taylor West, a pre-health major supporting literacy and sponsored by Alpha Omicron Pi; Carlee Waits, a nursing major supporting A League of Our Own and sponsored by Zeta Tau Alpha; Brooke Bennefield, a special education major supporting Disabled Children’s Partnership and sponsored by JSU Ambassadors; Jalia Wilkins, a criminal justice/forensics major supporting Music for Memory and sponsored by Gamecock Orientation; Leah Strain, a nursing major supporting Immunizations for Children and sponsored by Alpha Omicron Pi; Shea O’Donnell an elementary education major supporting Music and Arts in Early Education and sponsored by Alpha Xi Delta; and Bailee Bryant, a  public relations major promoting United Cerebral Palsy and sponsored  by Zeta Tau Alpha.

Elections for Homecoming King and Queen are open today until 4:00 p.m. at jsu.edu/elections. The 2017 Homecoming King and Queen winners will be announced on October 26 during the Homecoming Pep Rally at Burgess-Snow Field at 8:00 p.m. The Homecoming Parade will take place on Saturday, October 28 at 10:30 a.m. followed by the Homecoming game against Southeast Missouri State at 3:00 p.m. at Burgess Snow Field.

Showcase kicks off Homecoming festivities

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Showcase director Hayden Clay (center) poses with the Top 10 candidates for Homecoming Queen. From left: Bailee Bryant, Jalia Wilkins, DeLena Harris, Carlee Waits, Brooklyn Wright, Leah Strain, Taylor West, Brooke Bennefield, Rebekah Beasley and Shea O’Donnell (photo via Hayden Clay/Facebook)

Brannon Cahela, Staff Writer

On Wednesday October 11, JSU’s annual Homecoming festivities kicked off with the Homecoming Showcase. A large crowd gathered in Leon Cole auditorium to attend the event and learn who this year’s candidates for JSU Homecoming King and Queen would be.

Homecoming Showcase allows candidates to display not only their appearance and personality, but also their philanthropic platform. This year’s showcase is the second year in which a philanthropic platform has been incorporated into the showcase, allowing students to raise awareness for a cause they are passionate about.

After a parade of contestants, the candidates introduced themselves and shared information about their philanthropic platform. After their introduction, students were given an interview question to answer.

A panel of five judges, all notable JSU alumni, scored contestants based on extracurricular involvement, academic achievement, interview response, philanthropy, appearance and personality. After all 30 of the contestants were given an introduction and interview response, there was a brief intermission for the judges to select the final candidates.

The nine candidates for 2017 JSU Homecoming King are: Patrick Yim, a broadcast and digital journalism major supporting The Trevor Project and sponsored by Zeta Phi Eta; Max Gallegos, a marketing major supporting St. Jude’s Research Hospital and sponsored by Kappa Sigma; Patrick Hubbard, a nursing major supporting The National Down Syndrome Society and sponsored by Gamecock Orientation; George Meehan, an applied engineering major supporting Pediatric Cancer Research; Skylar Fontaine, an occupational safety and health management major supporting The “V” Foundation and sponsored by Gamecock Orientation; Corey Deerman, a political science major supporting Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and sponsored  by Pi Kappa Phi; Kyle Burt, a finance and accounting major supporting Volunteer Firefighters and sponsored by Kappa Alpha Order; Jack Gherdes, a political science major supporting Mission 22 and sponsored by Kappa Sigma; and Paris Coleman, a psychology and Spanish double major supporting Active Minds and sponsored by Alpha Kappa Psi.

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Three of the candidates for Homecoming King and Queen: Bailee Bryant, Patrick Yim and DeLena Harris (photo via Student Photography Corps/Facebook)

Of the 21 candidates, the top ten candidates  for 2017 JSU Homecoming Queen are: Brooklyn Wright, a nursing major supporting JSUnity and sponsored by Alpha Omicron Pi; Delena Harris, a broadcast journalism major supporting ALS Association and sponsored by Gamecock Orientation; Rebekah Beasley, a pre-health biology major supporting Be Con-Fi-Dental and sponsored by JSU Ambassadors; Taylor West, a pre-health major supporting literacy and sponsored by Alpha Omicron Pi; Carlee Waits, a nursing major supporting A League of Our Own and sponsored by Zeta Tau Alpha; Brooke Bennefield, a special education major supporting Disabled Children’s Partnership and sponsored by JSU Ambassadors; Jalia Wilkins, a criminal justice and forensics major supporting Music for Memory and sponsored by Gamecock Orientation; Leah Strain, a nursing major supporting Immunizations for Children and sponsored by Alpha Omicron Pi; Shea O’Donnell an elementary education major supporting Music and Arts in Early Education and sponsored by Alpha Xi Delta; and Bailee Bryant, a  public relations major promoting United Cerebral Palsy and sponsored  by Zeta Tau Alpha.

“The title of JSU Homecoming King or Queen is really what you make of it,” said SGA President Ranger Rumrill. “Some students use their title more inwardly to make a difference on campus, while others reach out, with fundraising for charitable organizations and philanthropy.”

Rumrill himself was JSU’s Homecoming King in 2015.

The top ten candidates will host a meet and greet on October 23 at 6 p.m. in the TMB Auditorium. Elections for Homecoming King and Queen will take place from 12:01 a.m.  to 4 p.m. at jsu.edu/elections.

The 2017 Homecoming King and Queen winners will be announced on October 26 during the Homecoming Pep Rally at Burgess-Snow Field at 8 p.m. The Homecoming Parade will take place on Saturday, October 28 at 10:30 a.m. followed by the Homecoming game against Southeast Missouri State at 3 p.m. at Burgess Snow Field.