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UNLEASHED: 100 DAYS TO HOMECOMING
BACK IN THE DAY: A GLIMPSE OF HOMECOMING’S PAST
PANTHERMONIUM ARTIST REVEAL
50 DAYS TO HOMECOMING
UPCOMING CONTESTS
JOIN US AT OUR EVENTS
GAME DAY

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UNLEASHED: 100 DAYS TO HOMECOMING

As summer time rolls along and the fall semester draws near, proud Panthers know that it is Homecoming season at Florida International University.  On June 26, 2013, join the Homecoming Council at our signature kickoff event: Unleashed! 100 days to Homecoming.  At the event, there will be many surprises unleashed, including the events that will take place during Homecoming week in October.

The event will begin at noon in the Graham Center Pit and end at the Betty Chapman Lawns.  Be sure to come hungry since we will be offering free burgers, hot dogs, popcorn, sno cones and cotton candy.  In addition, we will have games including, but not limited to, tug-o-war, rock climbing, stand a bottle, wiffle ball and a mechanical bull.  Participation in the games will result in special giveaways and prizes. Unleashed! 100 days to Homecoming will have a vast amount of entertainment, free food, giveaways, and more!

The fun does not end there! Unleashed! 100 days to Homecoming will have special appearances from FIU’s Dazzlers, FIU’s cheerleaders, and last but not least FIU’s proud mascot, Roary. With so many surprises and fun things happening at this year’s “Unleashed! 100 days to Homecoming” event, be sure to not miss out on the fun as we celebrate pride, spirit, unity and the official countdown to Homecoming.

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BACK IN THE DAY: A GLIMPSE OF HOMECOMING’S PAST

Prior to the Panthermonium Concerts, football tailgates, Dukes and Princesses, Florida International University celebrated its first Homecoming on October 12, 1980. Unlike our typical week-long Homecoming, the first of its kind ran from Thursday to Sunday, and instead of a Homecoming football game, there was a soccer game. That night the FIU Sunblazers took on the University of Miami Hurricanes. Back in the day our mascot was the Sunblazer.
Three years after Homecoming began, FIU Basketball was established, which led to the first of many Homecoming Basketball games. It was not until the football program inaugurated in 2002, that football games became one of the main events to Homecoming week.
One aspect of Homecoming that continuously grows is our Homecoming Royalty. In 1980, FIU’s first Homecoming King and Queen were crowned. Ed Rose and Kathy McGrath were given the title and honor of being the first ever Homecoming Court. Since then, Homecoming Court has evolved into a full Court consisting of King and Queen, Prince and Princess, along with Duke and Duchess.
A recent addition to Homecoming, now a student favorite, is the Panthermonium Concert. In 2010, the first ever Panthermonium Concert featured the American rock band Lifehouse. The show was held on November 6 and took place in Lot 6. In 2011, Tine Tempah and Lupe Fiasco took the stage at the Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium. Last year, the artist included Cobra Starship, B.o.B, and Kaskade, proving that Panthermonium concerts are truly pandemonium! This year’s Panthermonium Concert artist will be revealed at the FIU SummerFest event hosted by Campus Life on July 24, 2013.
Considering our history, FIU Homecoming has come a very long way. Throughout the years our mission has remained the same. We strive to bring pride, spirit, and unity to our students, alumni, faculty & staff, and community members in an effort to ‘Unleash the FIU Spirit’!

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PANTHERMONIUM ARTIST REVEAL

At the 2013 Summerfest Color Party, hosted by FIU’s Campus Life at MMC, the Homecoming Council released this year’s Panthermonium Concert Artists! The crowd went absolutely wild finding out that two of some of today’s most popular artists are both performing on Oct. 6, 2013, at the Panthermonium Concert during FIU’s Homecoming Week: Rapper, songwriter, and producer J.Cole and EDM DJ/ producer ZEDD.

Both artists proved to have musical talent since youth. J.Cole began rapping at the age of twelve in his hometown Fayetteville, North Carolina. Only three years later did J.Cole have notebooks full of rhymes and stories in his lyrics. By the age of seventeen, he was posting songs on the internet under the name of “Therapist.” After graduating High School, J.Cole recognized that he had a better chance of getting a record deal in New York City, leading him to attend St. John’s University on academic scholarship; there he majored in communication and minored in business, graduating magna cum laude. After 2009, J.Cole not only began releasing his own mixtapes, but collaborated with big names such as, Jay-Z, B.o.B., Young Chris, Kendrick Lamar, Missy Elliot and Miguel. He also served as openers for Drake and Rihanna. J.Cole’s most popular music comes from his two latest albums, “Cole World: The Sideline Story,” and “Born Sinner.” If that is not impressive enough, J.Cole has been nominated numerous times in the American Music Awards, BET Awards, and Grammy awards. His most recent nomination is for “Best Hip-Hop Video” for this year’s MTV Music Awards, August 25, 2013.

ZEDD is also nominated in this year’s MTV Music Awards for “Artist to Watch.” Similarly to J.Cole, ZEDD began his music career at the very young age of four playing piano. Both of his parents being musicians, it was inevitable for ZEDD to become the talented musician he is today. During his pre-teen years, ZEDD played the drums and was already composing and producing rock songs in his band’s own studio. It wasn’t until 2009 that ZEDD used his talents in a newer genre known as Electronic Music. In that same year, he won two Beatport remix contests, which lead Skrillex (Electric Music producer) to sign him to his new OWSLA label. ZEDD has successfully released several official remixes for powerhouse artists such as Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, P.Diddy, Swedish House Mafia and Skrillex. ZEDD has also racked up several massive original production credits including Eva Simmons “I Don’t Like You” and Justin Bieber’s “Beauty and A Beat.” Besides being nominated for awards and performing in most of EDM’s largest festivals, many works done by ZEDD are today’s most popular songs, including his most recent singles, Clarity and Spectrum.

As you can see, this year’s Panthermonium Concert will be an amazing show! Don’t just hear about it after, get tickets and get ready! Ticket information will be released soon on our Website: hc.fiu.edu and on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Get ready to ‘Unleash the Spirit’ because these two amazing artists are coming to you at FIU!

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50 DAYS TO HOMECOMING

We’re getting closer and closer to the Panthermonium Concert, Homecoming Football game and all the exciting events Homecoming has planned! On Wednesday, August 28, from 1pm-3pm, we invite you to celebrate the commence of our 50 day countdown to the Homecoming Football game!  It will take place in front of the Academic building at the beautiful Biscayne Bay Campus.  There will be plenty of free food, refreshments, freeze-pops, fun games, a DJ and even an inflatable; there will also be plenty of giveaways such as fold-able sunglasses, buttons, laptop sleeves, rally towels and even tumbler cups.

On that day students at BBC will have the opportunity to use their FIU one card to receive FREE tickets to these specific Homecoming week events: Panther Prowl, Step Show and LXV.  Don’t miss out on the fun at the 50 days ’till Homecoming event and don’t miss out on getting your tickets!

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UPCOMING CONTESTS

FIU Homecoming wants to give YOU the hook up! You have the opportunity to win free floor seating to this year’s Panthermonium Concert or even receive a ‘Panther Fast Pass’ which allows you to skip long lines at all entrances of Homecoming events. To win all you have to do is participate in some simple contests!

The first contest requires you receive one of this year’s Homecoming pens. You may find these pens randomly set in your classroom or around campus.  These are no ordinary pens; these pens are what we call ‘banner pens’, which have a small banner that you can roll out from the pen.  If you are lucky, the miniature banner on your pen will have either a gold panther paw or a blue panther paw.  If you find a gold panther paw on your banner pen, you will win free floor seating; If you find a blue panther paw on your banner pen, you will win a Panther Fast Pass.  In order to receive your prize, be sure to follow the instructions behind the panther paw you find.

The second contest is called the ‘Coffee Sleeve.’  This contest is also very simple! All you have to do is purchase coffee on campus and hope your coffee sleeve has the FIU Homecoming logo on it. Be sure to take a picture of the coffee sleeve and upload it to Twitter or Instagram with the hash-tag: #spreadthespirit and tag @FIUHC. By doing this you may also be eligible to win a Panther Fast Pass. Select winners will be chosen per day!

Be on the look out for those pens and coffee sleeves! These contests will be occurring the last two weeks of September.

Good luck to all Panthers!

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JOIN US AT OUR EVENTS

Are you ready for Homecoming!? If not take note of all the rest of the Homecoming events:

Friday Oct. 4, 2013: Mid-Day Madness will take place at the Betty Chapman Plaza from 12pm-3pm. Be sure to come decked out in FIU Spirit. There will be plenty of food options such as Asian, Mexican, French and American. There will also be plenty of giveaways! Most spirited Panther gets a prize!

Saturday Oct. 5, 2013: Unleash the Crown, which is the Homecoming Pageant, will take place in the Graham Center ballrooms. Doors open at 6:30pm. At Unleash the Crown, the Prince, Princess, Duke and Duchess will be announced along with the top three King and Queen candidates.  The 2013 King and Queen will be announced during the FIU Homecoming game on October 12.

Sunday Oct. 6, 2013: Panthermonium Concert is the event that everyone has been waiting for! Doors open at 6:30pm; be sure to arrive on time to see artists DJ Zog, Zedd and J.Cole. Tickets are being sold online at hc.fiu.edu.

Monday Oct. 7, 2013: Kick-off By the Bay will take place at the beautiful Biscayne Campus at 3pm.  There will be food, music, fun games and kayaking! The event will specifically be taking place near the Bay Area of the campus.

Tuesday Oct. 8, 2013: Step Show is an exciting event where the Divine Nine compete in a strolling competition. The event takes place at the U.S. Century Bank Arena and doors open at 5:30pm.

Wednesday Oct. 9. 2013: Panther Prowl this year will have comedians Craig Robinson and Chris D’elia cracking their best jokes! Doors open at 6:30pm at the U.S. Century Bank Arena.

Thursday Oct. 10, 2013: Panthers Got Talent is a fun talent competition that will be taking place at the U.S. Century Bank Arena and doors will be opening at 5:30pm.  We can’t wait to see all the talent FIU has!

Friday Oct. 11, 2013: LXV Lounge is a beautiful cocktail party where we will celebrate this year’s Homecoming!  The event will be at the Kovens Center at the Biscayne Bay Campus and doors will open at 7:00pm.

Saturday Oct. 12, 2013: Homecoming Game Day this year will be one for the books! The parade will begin at 3:30 PM in Lot 9 and end at the Tamiami Fairgrounds. Tailgate will follow the parade, and kick-off vs. the University of Alabama at Birmingham will be at 7:30 PM. At the game, our FIU Homecoming King and Queen will be announced; be sure not to miss out!

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GAME DAY

When it’s the fall time, it could only mean one thing: football season! Most people deem it to be one of the best times of the year.  Panthers! Get excited for this year’s FIU Homecoming football game. On October 12, 2013, our football team takes on the Blazers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  Although FIU has not faced UAB in the past, our team is ready and determined to take them on and win. UAB played LSU (LSU 56, UAB 17) and Troy (Troy 34, UAB 31) earlier this season.

Many fun things will be happening on game day.  The Homecoming Parade will start at 3:30 PM and will begin in Lot 9 and end at the Tamiami Fairgrounds.  Tailgate will immediately follow the ending of the parade. Kick-off for the game is at 7:30 PM and the Homecoming King and Queen will be announced at halftime. We hope FIU comes out strong to not only support our football team, but also to unleash the spirit! We all know the UAB mascot, Blaze the Dragon, has nothing on our Roary! See you there!

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