Why Homecoming Is The Best Time To Be A Golden Eagle

Why Homecoming Is The Best Time To Be A Golden Eagle



Our beloved university has celebrated homecoming each year since 1925. Southern Miss hosts a wide variety of unique events to celebrate homecoming and welcome new and old pals. Alumni, students, family and friends all join together to socialize, give back and have fun is so many different way, which makes Southern Miss the place to be for homecoming.

Homecoming starts way before the game 

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Southern Miss celebrates homecoming all week long, baby. We start our events on Monday, and the fun doesn't stop until Saturday night, or Sunday morning if you're really into it.

Sweet potato drop

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Have you ever heard of a sweet potato drop before Southern Miss? This unique event brings together our Southern Miss community by bagging thousands of sweet potatoes to deliver to food pantries around the community.

Student involvement

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The student involvement during homecoming is out of this world. From organizing elections to volunteering at events, there are so many ways for students to get involved. Many organizations partner together to decorate floats, compete in competitions and make homecoming the best is can be.

Fountain sit

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I know for a fact nearly every student at USM wants to jump in the fountain. If you're not brave enough to do so after hours when UPD isn't around, sign up for the fountain sit! You'll compete with other students to win prizes!

Step show


Homecoming is the perfect time to watch a step show put on by the National Panhellenic Council chapters. Each chapter competes for the gold with their electric performances. If you've never seen a step show, homecoming is the perfect time. There's nothing like the performances from Southern Miss students.

Parties, parties and more parties

The Prom Knights

Fraternities up and down the row compete with each other for the attention of party goers during homecoming. Luckily for us, this means they throw the biggest and best parties of the semester.


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The homecoming parade at Southern Miss starts game day off with a bang. The floats are made by organizations on campus. Our school spirit is through the roof already, but seeing Golden Eagles come together to show it off is an amazing sight.

Friday Night at the fountain

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The Southern Miss Activities Council hosts Friday Night at the Fountain as a pep rally before Saturday's game. SMAC is sure to host a great event no matter the occasion, but Friday Night at the Fountain is one of the most memorable and well known around campus because of the exciting activities it has in store.

The best tailgating of the season

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We may not compare to Ole Miss when it comes to tailgating, but homecoming is the best time to tailgate at Southern Miss. Everyone and their mamas show up and bring all the food and drinks you can imagine. Homecoming is one of the most special days of the year for some alum, so everyone is in a caring and sharing mood.

Game day at the Rock

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Nothing beats game days at the Rock, especially during homecoming. Southern Miss Athletics pulls out all the bells and whistles for our alum, which makes for the best game of the year, even if we lose.

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything

I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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10 Things Economics Majors Want You To Know

For the MOST part, it isn't that bad.


I decided to become an economics major the day I started college — I know, it wasn't easy for me to decide. Well, technically the real reason why I even chose the major to begin with was that I was undecided when applying for colleges. I was, and still am, an indecisive person.

When I saw economics as one of the majors at Stony Brook, I thought it was something I was interested in. After all, it was the "study of markets and the behaviors of people in that same market." Besides psychology and philosophy (the two majors my parents didn't want me to study), I then chose econ. While it wasn't a piece of cake, it wasn't too challenging either. Here are a couple things we all want so desperately to say.

1. It's not all math, don't worry

While so many people tend to think that economics is all math and no fun, I beg to differ. As I mentioned above, it is the "study of the behavior of people in the market," so while it is equations and statistics, it is also observing how people treat prices and products.

2. It's not difficult to understand

I don't understand why parents think that if you're majoring in econ, you're pretty much signing up to fail all your courses. If they actually took the course, they would understand that it isn't the economic theory you need to understand, but how people react to changes in the stock market.

3. Majoring in econ isn't the same thing as majoring in business

When I tell people I'm an econ major, they immediately say, "Oh, business?" And then I squeeze the urge to yell in their face that I said "ECON, ECON, NOT BUSINESS." Then they continue to say they know someone that majors in business, and then ask if I know the person. The annoyances then continue. Econ is the study of markets. Business is the study of being an entrepreneur. Totally two different things. Yes, they are co-dependent, but they are not the SAME thing.

4. Please don't rely on me to do your taxes or calculate tips at a restaurant

I hate it when everyone just stares at me when the check comes. I regret telling people I'm an econ major at that point. Because I don't know how to tell them I don't learn how to do taxes or calculate tips in class, that's what finance majors do. AGAIN, not the same thing.

5. I know most of us are Asian, but don't be racist

Don't come up to me, ask me what my major is, and automatically assume that I'm an international student. It really sucks. I have to then correct them and say I'm not, and then have them walk away.

6. One of the prime motives is because we want to learn game theory

How we play games is vital to econ majors, and it does involve heavy readings of game theory books.

7. We mostly won't do econ during grad school

Because grad school is a time where we want to actually exercise our skills, it isn't a time to dawdle and major in the same things as we did in undergrad. We're actually adults by then, and we most likely will resort to marketing, sales, or advertising agencies. At least I want to work at Instagram HQ someday.

8. Our classes never have curves

Finals season is always tough on us because it just means we gotta put in three times as much work to memorize formulas, theories, and math terms. Have mercy on our souls. Most professors aren't even nice enough to bring up our grades or give us extra credit.

9. The TAs are too busy with work to help us

Even they understand econ isn't a breeze, and as TAs, they can't really explain stuff to us that they don't understand either. In fact, most of the stuff we learn in class are self-taught, usually late nights with Starbucks coffee.

10.  We actually hate business majors

Because they have it easy. And they don't need math. Everything they do is easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Not gonna lie, I love being an econ major. But some cons can be too much and it does teach me not to do econ in grad. One thing is for certain though, I love what I do and I don't regret choosing it.

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