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 

Steve Rouse on behalf of Southern Miss Now

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

Photo by Kelly Dunn

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.


Southern Miss Now

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

University Communications

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

Southern Miss Now

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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14 Signs You Go To A Small School No One Has Ever Heard Of

"Your class size is what?!?"


When most people are in high school, they look at all of the big schools that are known around the country. Schools like Rutgers, Ohio State, UCLA, University of Pittsburgh and West Virginia University are often at the top of peoples' lists. Believe it or not, some people don't want to attend a huge college. If you're like me, you like having small class sizes where your professors get to know you and you always see someone you know when you're walking on campus.

Once you decide where you're going and become a student there, you constantly hear the same comments from people, whether they be good or bad- but you wouldn't want it any other way. Here are signs that you go to a small school that no one has ever heard of:

1. People always mess up your mascot

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"Broncs? Like the Denver Broncos?"

"No. Just the Broncs."

2. "Oh I've never heard of that. Where is it?"

3. "Wouldn't you rather go to *insert huge state school here*?"

The answer is always the same — nope.

4. You find people all the time who know or is related to someone who went to your school

"Oh, my cousin's friend went there!"

5. "Your class size is what?!?"

6. You've never had class in a lecture hall

Patricia M Guenther

Or class with more than 50 students.

7. When people come to visit, they can't believe how small your campus is compared to theirs

Well, at least we can get up 10 minutes before class starts instead of an hour to catch a bus.

8. Dining options are limited

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But you joke around and make the most of it, secretly hoping your campus will open a Panera or Chipotle like every other school.

9. People are amazed that you actually get to know your professors and the people in your classes, and that they get to know you

Not to mention that professors are a great reference for getting a job after graduation.

10. If you went to a big high school, your college isn't much bigger

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There are about 1,000 students per class, so only around 300-400 more students than you graduated high school with.

11. Your school doesn't have all of the big sports, like football

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But hey, at least we're still undefeated!

12. When you get into your major classes, you always have the same people in them

13. You can't find anything with your school's logo on it, so constantly buy more apparel from the bookstore

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You walk out of there $100 poorer with a new sweatshirt, mug, and sweatpants that you didn't need.

14. You get really excited when someone has actually heard of your school


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I Don’t Want To Admit It, But Math IS Important

Liberal Arts majors, this one is for you.


I hate math with a passion. But I think it's necessary.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not talking about confusing trigonometry or calculus. I'm talking about basic algebra, geometry, and other everyday math functions.

I was never an A+ math student. My dad used to be a high school math teacher, so luckily for me, if I was struggling in my math classes, I would just come home and ask Dad to "tutor" me or prep me for my tests. I feel bad for anyone who had/has a hard time with math and doesn't have such a resourceful person in their life, because I don't think I would've passed my classes without him.

Now, I haven't taken a math class in at least three or four years, but I know that being out in the workforce requires at least basic math skills. How come they teach us how to divide square roots and not applicable things like how to calculate a good tip (shameless plug - always tip your waiters at least 20%) or discounts?

There are so many necessary skills you'll use for your entire life that are not taught in schools.

Long ago when I was in 3rd grade, one of my teachers read us a book called "A Day Without Math." The book basically went through a school day where there was no math. People couldn't see what speed their car was going, cash registers didn't work, clocks were nonexistent...basically, the entire world shut down. Whenever I was frustrated and angry about my math class or a certain problem, I tried to remember that book. As much as I despised going to a math class only to leave in frustration, I knew it was for my own good.

Because when you think about it, our world really wouldn't function without math!

I wish math classes would've focused on the usefulness and practicality of their teachings instead of what was written in the textbook. Having a dad who worked in the school system, I understood that the teachers had to follow a certain curriculum, so in a way, their hands were tied. But then the issue simply gets passed higher and higher up until you reach the people creating the textbooks and curriculum school systems buy and use.

Maybe there's something we can do, whether it's petitioning for more teaching kids more usable math skills or continuously asking your teachers why you're learning what you're learning. Advocate for yourself and for future generations to learn the skills necessary to survive in our modern world, but at the same time remember that the problem doesn't necessarily stem from teachers but the curriculum being decided at levels far above their pay grade.

Moral of the story - even though I know a good majority of us (especially us liberal arts majors) are not fans of mathematics, let's work on learning and remembering the basics so our world can keep on turning.

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