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2016 Homecoming promises dreamlike night

Homecoming is only a few days away and this year it’s called Rêver, a French word meaning “to dream.” Just like the theme implies,  SA promises a dream-like night to remember.

“We’re just going for the whimsical, magical, your wildest dreams coming to reality [theme]. It’s going to be really crazy,” said SA program staff member Victoria Henshaw. “Anywhere you turn you’re going to see something new and it’s going to be really fun and crazy.”

Instead of revealing the entire theme all at once, SA planned chapel announcements to give students small hints at what to expect this year.

Announcements have shown items such as a bottle of pouring milk, a lit match and even a puppy, all accompanied by a simple white background.

The attire will be what Henshaw refers to as “a little bit nicer than your Sunday morning church service.” Women are encouraged to wear cocktail dresses and men can wear a collared shirt and tie. No suits are required. There won’t be an official DJ, but an official playlist will play instead.

Students can expect hors d’oeuvres, finger foods and desserts, but SA encourages students to eat dinner before arriving at homecoming. SA is partnering with approximately eight local restaurants and will send out a list of places near the venue where students can get discounts for the night of the event.

Many hours go into making sure the night is a success.  Planning homecoming is a yearly occurrence for Student Association. First an idea is discussed, then a theme, color scheme, venue and budget are all set. Finally, SA members spend hours developing ideas for how to make it happen. So far SA’s homecomings have been a success, typically seeing large crowds of students in attendance.

The Golden Gala in 2014 gave students a chance to walk down the red carpet in full length gowns and tuxedos. Last year, students danced the night away at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum.

The night of Rêver will be filled with dancing, food and photos just like previous homecomings, but this year will be much different. SA will present some special events during the night.

“This year the entertainment will be a surprise. You’re not going to expect it all. Students are going to think they know what it is, but it’s not going to be what they thought at all,” said Henshaw.

Homecoming will start at 8 p.m. on Nov. 13 at the Glenpool Event Center. Tickets will be $40 for a couple and $25 for singles.