Highlands homecoming nears

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By Don Pace

New Mexico Highlands University celebrates homecoming 2008 with a full week of events under the theme “Let’s Ride.”

Student Senate President Nicole Parra-Perez said some of the highlights during this year’s homecoming week include Tuesday’s HU Idol event at the ballroom — a takeoff on American Idol, with lots of talented people competing for the title as Highlands Idol.

“One thing that I and I know a lot of students are excited about is the painting of the “H” because it’s been several years since we’ve gone up to the mountain due to rainy and muddy conditions,” Parra-Perez said. “But this year they found an alternate route for us, so we’re actually going to be able to get there this year and that’s exciting.” Students will make the trek up the hill at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Parra-Perez said another event would be the snake dance, pep rally and bonfire that will take place Friday evening.

“Because the West Las Vegas game is going on that night we will hold the pep rally at Sala de Madrid beginning at about 7:30 p.m. and then have the Snake Dance that will go all the way to the tennis courts where the facilities department has prepared a pit for the bonfire,” Parra-Perez said.

Members of the class of 1958 are in town getting reacquainted with old classmates and telling stories of their college days 50 years ago.

Parra-Perez said the office of campus life, headed by Margaret Gonzales, sponsors all activities.

“There is no one event that the Student Senate puts its name on; we are involved in everything,” Parra-Perez said.

This year Highlands and West Las Vegas homecoming weeks coincide and each will participate in the other’s parade, which means there will be floats from both schools in Friday and Saturday’s parades.

Saturday is game day, when the Highlands Cowboys take on Western New Mexico Mustangs at Perkins Stadium at 1 p.m.