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10 Things You Must Do At Queen's Homecoming 2017

Need help to go loco at hoco? To get the full tricolour experience, here are 10 things all Queen's alumni need to experience at Homecoming (Oct. 13-15, 2017).

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Visit Your Old Dorm

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The Residence Society is welcoming back alumni by offering them tours of their old dorms. Current students will be encouraged to open up their rooms so some alumni can revisit the location of their all nighters.

If you are lucky, the student has converted your old room into a dance club. Check out the YouTube video -- one Queen's student really did that.

Get a Tricolour Guard high five

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Tricolour Guard (alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago) are being honoured at the halftime parade at the Homecoming football game. Over the past five decades, many of them have continued to support Queen's. Their philanthropy has led to new buildings on campus and scholarships for future generations of students.

Show the Tricolour Guard some love during halftime!

Watch a Pumpkin Explode

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Start your Homecoming with a bang! (Or at least a large SPLAT!)

On Friday afternoon (Oct. 13), Queen’s Engineers Without Borders puts the “raise” in charity fundraiser when they will use a crane to drop a giant pumpkin on the field behind Grant Hall.

Last year the engineers dropped a massive 1,400-pound pumpkin that nearly destroyed a Queen’s Alumni Relations camera. (See above.)

In 2015, no cameras were harmed during the smash, just one 500-pound pumpkin. (See below.)

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Pay Your Respects to the PEC

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Goodbye PEC. Hello IWC!

Many generations of Queen’s students took exams or played sports at the old Physical Education Centre (commonly called the PEC), which was first built in 1931 and overhauled in 1971.

During Homecoming this year people will notice a big change – the PEC is being gutted and turned into the Innovation and Wellness Centre (IWC).

The PEC’s limestone facade will remain but the rest of the building is going through a massive overhaul.

You will be able to check out the new building if you attend next year's Homecoming. The IWC is expected to be complete in the fall of 2018.

Get Free Queen's Stuff

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Who wants free Homecoming swag?

Officially registering with Queen's Alumni Relations gets you perks such as a tote bag, reunion pin, a bar for your Queen’s jacket (Zero, 5th, 25th, and 30th reunions), and/or a foam finger or pom-pom for the football game. There are other perks depending on your class year. (For example -- Reunion Zero and 5th year reunion registrants get a funky pair of Queen’s sunglasses.)

You can register in advance online or show up at Grant Hall on Friday or Saturday morning.

Get Your Photo Taken With This Guy

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You think you are a diehard Gael and nobody bleeds tricolour more than you?

Sorry – you come in second place to Super Fan. Peter Bearse (Artsci’06, Ed’07, NSc’11) has been going to football games dressed as a tricolour version of Mad Max: Fury Road character for the past 15 years.

Get your picture taken with Super Fan at QSAA Spirit Corner on Saturday (Oct. 14, 9:30-11:30 am beside Grant Hall).

Enjoy the 'ReUnion'

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After only three years, the ReUnion Street Festival has become one of the cornerstone events of Homecoming weekend.

Who will be this year's headlining band? The Alma Mater Society only releases the name a few days before. The previous bands have been The Sheepdogs, the Arkells, and Walk Off The Earth.

Like the ReUnion Street Festival Facebook page to keep up to date on Festival news.

Celebrate 60 Years of Agnes Etherington Art Centre

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Before you go out and paint the town red on Homecoming weekend, head over to the Anges Etherington Art Centre and see some amazing paintings. In honour of its 60th anniversary, the Agnes is inviting people to try serigraphy (screen-printing) on Friday afternoon (Oct. 13).

The gallery will also be providing guided tours throughout the weekend. Admission is free but donations are accepted.

The Agnes is home to more than 16,000 works of art, including three Rembrandts.

Read One of the Oldest English-Language Books in the World

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One of the oldest English-language books in the world is sitting on the shelves of the Schulich-Woolf Rare Book Collection in the Douglas Library.

The university recently acquired a 1482 copy of Caxton’s Polycronicon – a book so rare that only about 50 copies (in any condition) are known to exist.

The historic book will be on display during the library's Special Collections Open House on Saturday morning (Oct. 14).

Listen to Bagpipes Until Your Ears Bleed

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Bagpipes on the Queen's campus are like squirrels -- they are every where.

Make sure you enjoy the sounds of Scotland on Homecoming weekend. You can usually find a herd of bagpipers on Saturday morning (Oct. 14) in front of Grant Hall as the Queen's Bands gather to march over to Richardson Stadium.

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FYI -- there is no truth to the rumour that the ReUnion Street Festival's opening act is this flame-throwing bagpipe player blasting out a rousing rendition of AC/DC's Thunderstruck.

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