The Aerie, Yearbook of University of North Texas, 1990 Page: 9
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Eagles and Lumberjacks could be con-
sidered natural enemies, so it was only fit-
ting that they pair up and take the field at
NT's Homecoming Game 1989. But when
the final whistle blew, all one could hear
was "Timber!" as the Eagles' aerie came
crashing to the ground with a 35-16 defeat.
During half-time the Minority Caucus
took the Homecoming court titles for the
fourth year in a row. Ron Skillens, Topeka,
Kansas sophomore was elected king and
Lisa Watson, Port Arthur senior was elected
queen. Although these two took the titles,
they were given a run for their money by
Hector the Eagle Dog and Agnes the
Squirrel, two very popular candidates who
were disqualified for lack of an NT grade
Although the game was lost, homecom-
ing activities sparkled with as much vi-
brance as ever. The theme was "North Tex-
as and Remembrance ... 99 Years." The
annual picnic was, again, a success with
many campus organizations, NT alumni,
local NT fans and students participating.
Afterwards there was a march to the bon-
fire which was held at the Sheraton Hotel
Golf Course. At the bonfire, the Progres-
sive Black Student Organization sponsored
a "Yell like Hell" and Human Pyramid
Building Contest. While PBSO captured
the title for the "Yell like Hell" competi-
tion, Maple Hall took the title for the best
pyramid. For those unable to walk to the
bonfire, Students Over Traditional Age
hosted a Hospitality Suite in the Sheraton
Also on Friday, the Class of 1939 was
inducted into the "Golden Eagles", an
alumni organization which returns to the
school each year to reinforce their support.
Homecoming day started early with an
a.m. Fun Run sponsored by Recreational
Sports. After working up a hearty appetite
in the Fun Run, one could then eat break-
fast at the Homecoming Breakfast Buffet.
But, after breakfast, one had to "fly like an
eagle," for the parade was soon to start.
The whole Denton community came out to
support the University and gaze in awe at
all the magnificent floats. The President's
Trophy was awarded to Sigma Nu Fraterni-
ty and Chi Omega Sorority and the Spirit
Trophy was awarded to Kappa Alpha Or-
der and Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. After the
parade there was just enough time to grab a
quick bite to eat at the pre-game barbecue.
People started arriving at Fouts Field up to
an hour before game time, but with good
reason. NT set an attendance record at the
Homecoming game with an astounding
20,252 people attending. "The turnout for
homecoming was great! It is good to see
people coming back and supporting the
school," said Paul Stevens, Student Associ-
For those still in high spirits and active to
party after the game, several dances were
held. The Resident Hall Association and
Advancement Center coordinated three
separate dances, all in the Union Building
to please the different age groups.
Homecoming was not always this active.
Between the years 1928 and 1934 NT did
not have a Homecoming. The revival of
Homecoming came in 1934 and was con-
sidered an "Open House". It was later ren-
amed Homecoming. Since that time more
and more activities have been added to
formulate the Homecoming traditions of
NT and make it the celebration it is today.
Lisa Watson is crowned Homecoming queen
by last year's queen, Maria Rivera. Next to
her, Ron Skillens waits to tour his court.
To raise the spirit of the fans for tomorrow's
Homecoming game, the NT cheerleaders per-
form in the light of the bonfire.
Eppy, the NT mascot, cruises the Homecom-
ing parade on his scooter. Still tired from
walking last year's parade, Eppy got his own
transportation this year.
In honor of NT's 99 years, Kappa Alpha and
Alpha Delta Pi constructed this four tiered
birthday cake. For their efforts they were
awarded the Spirit Trophy.
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