10/22/2008 Jill Colford Schoeniger ’86

Homecoming Weekend 2008

The Franklin & Marshall campus was awash in colors ranging from Diplomat blue to the reds and yellows of autumn during Homecoming Weekend. More than 1,500 people attended the festivities that took place Oct. 10–12.

Alumni flocked to Lancaster for a picture-perfect weekend of outdoor and indoor activities. On Friday, Alumni College classes informed alumni, while the Alumni Film Festival of Shorts and Clips entertained them.

The Hall of Fame Reception and Dinner on Friday night saw a new class of inductees join F&M’s elite ranks. It was a celebration of individual achievements as well as a celebration of teammates. The 1972 football team was inducted, while the teammates of the late Ken Gramas ’88 came together to remember their lacrosse team captain.

Other Friday activities included a Pep Rally and a screening of the film Approaching Union Square by Marc Meyers ’94. Meyers wrote and directed the film, which will have its broadcast premiere on the Sundance Channel in November.

On Saturday morning, the Forum on Presidential Politics drew another big crowd to hear Stan Brand ’70, Ken Duberstein ’65, P’09, Bill Gray ’63 and Ken Mehlman ’88 banter about and analyze the presidential election. Moderated by G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs, the group engaged in lively discussions about campaign strategy, experience, judgment, the impact of the economic meltdown and voter turnout.

Following the forum, the tailgate extravaganza featured more than 35 tents representing academic departments, student and alumni groups, Greek organizations and athletic teams. Many of this year’s tents had themes to engage alumni, families and students in an array of activities. The Alpha Phi tent won for best decorated, while the Chemistry Department took home honors for most interactive.

The tailgate jumpstarted an exceptional day for F&M athletics. Before rowdy Homecoming crowds, the football team overwhelmed Ursinus College by the score of 51-13 in the afternoon and the women’s soccer team defeated McDaniel College 3-0 under the lights.

An All-Alumni Reception in the Barshinger Life Sciences & Philosophy Building capped a full day of activities. The evening brought a swimming reception and dinner, a party in honor of 25 years of Ben’s Underground and Kappa Sigma’s 80th Anniversary Dinner. At halftime of the women’s soccer game, the ribbon-cutting ceremony took place for the Ken Gramas ’88 Pavilion, which is adjacent to the North Campus Athletic Field. Carlotta and Greg Gramas, Ken’s parents, were on hand to celebrate the opening along with many of his lacrosse teammates, coaches and Chi Phi brothers.

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