Homecoming Week 2012 | Spotlight

Picture of CSULA sports teams.
Go Golden Eagles! Cal State L.A. student-athletes and cheerleaders celebrate campus pride and school spirit during the Homecoming Week Pep Rally.

Cal State L.A. rocks to ‘The Beat of L.A.’

Homecoming Week celebration featured poetry, pep rally, bowling, music, more

Uniting students, alumni, friends, faculty and staff members with a fun-filled week of events and activities, the Homecoming Week celebration at Cal State L.A. went on successfully despite a couple downpours of rain.

Goldean Eagle cheerleaders.
Golden Eagle cheer team duo displays the official 2012 Homecoming Week t-shirts, which were given to CSULA students during the Pep Rally.

With the theme, “The Beat of L.A.,” Homecoming kicked off on Valentine’s Day with a heart-pounding poetry slam, featuring writers from the campus’ own Statement Magazine and emcees from the CSULA Hip Hop Congress.

The next day, CSULA student-athletes adorned in their “black and gold” gathered at the University-Student Union Plaza for a Homecoming Week Pep Rally to ignite Golden Eagle pride and campus spirit.

On Feb. 16, hundreds of CSULA students got to “Shake, Rattle, and Bowl!” during the Homecoming Bowl Out at the ABC Lanes in Alhambra with free shuttle from and to Student Housing.

Picture of Dom Kennedy.
Dom Kennedy, an American rapper from Leimert Park, Los Angeles, was one of the leading acts who performed at the ASI Hip Hop & Comedy Fest 3Peat as part of the Homecoming Week celebration.

A festive culmination to the Homecoming Week revelry, the ASI Hip Hop & Comedy Fest 3Peat on Feb. 19 drew more than 700 to a live performance by top-notch entertainers Miguel, Dom Kennedy, James Davis, Overdoz, and Sydney Castillo.

According to Sharafadeen Odusanya, vice president for administration for the University’s Associated Students, Inc. (ASI), “Every single performer went above and beyond my expectation. I’ve seen James Davis, the comedian host, do plenty of events in the past, but he really took it to another level and brought his A+ game.

“Overdoz was also the perfect opening musical act,” continued Odusanya, “because they are one of the best groups at getting and keeping the audience attention, and at including the crowd in their performance. Their energy really set the tone for the whole night.”

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Miguel, an American recording artist, songwriter and producer, also performed at the ASI Hip Hop & Comedy Fest 3Peat on Feb. 19 at the Luckman Theatre.

Additionally, West Coast hip-hop artist Dom Kennedy gave out 300 of his “From the WestSide, With Love II” albums for free to the CSULA fans. The crowd was then absolutely thrilled when Kennedy brought out L.A. rapper Nipsey Hussle with him to perform their hit song, “I Need That.”

The week-long program also included the Golden Eagles men’s and women’s basketball games, tailgate parties, Alumni Mentoring Program’s speed mentoring event, food trucks, and a Homecoming dance.

“Even though we had some weather challenges during Homecoming Week,” said ASI Director of Programs and Leadership Marcus Rodriguez, “they did nothing to dampen the spirits of our students, clubs, organizations, and athletes that participated in and were featured at our events.”

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CSULA students feasted on Korean Mexican delights from the Kogi truck as part of the Homecoming Week festivities.

The following are the award recipients for this year’s Homecoming Week competitions:

Raul Henderson Spirit Scholarship Winners
* Undergraduate student: Wilson Thomas Jr., computer science major
* Graduate student: Kaitlin M. Brown, anthropology major

Homecoming Banner Winners
* 1st Place - EOP Student Council
* 2nd Place - Delta Sigma Chi
* 3rd Place - Alpha Theta Pi

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