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page theROYAL Swenson competes in European volleyball tournament Friday, October 5, 2012 Volume 31 Issue 1 sports 14 When people have to hide who they are, at a place where they have to be five times a week, it demolishes the idea of being unique. -Caroline Ravits opinion 5 AP Art students bring art to Nicaragua feature 11 HOMECOMING 2012 Last year’s events aside, homecoming ticket sales and spirit skyrocketed By Ursula Arhart Editor in Chief After a 2011 homecoming of fiascos and drama, this year’s homecoming turned around for a night of pride and spirit. Last year, there were a number of violations, including both chemical and violent. This year, there were none. “Everything went fabulous. The whole week, pep-fest, game, dance… it all ran smooth and seamless,” said Traci Meyer, Dean of Students. The turnaround of events was not, however, done with ease. There were a number of faculty members that went into the process of heightening security to create a safer homecoming environment. “[This year’s success] had to do with a lot of planning and hard work behind the scenes,” Meyer said. Between administration, police officers and the extra security that was hired by administration, this year’s homecoming was well staffed. Despite these extra measures of security and restrictions, ticket sales for the game increased this year. The athletic office reported that in 2011, 625 adult tickets and 1,397 student tickets were sold. This year, 729 adult tickets and 1,993 student tickets were sold, which is a more than 40 percent increase for student Students maybe chose to make better decisions -Traci Meyer Dean of Students ticket sales. “Personally, I thought the crowd was much more spirited, and maybe it’s just being a senior, but I felt more school pride,” said Will Chizek, senior and member of the football team. Not only did administration put a lot of work into this year’s homecoming, but also students changed their attitudes and made the right decisions. “Students maybe chose to make better choices or didn’t come at all,” Meyer said. Students may have had to deal with bag checks, showing their IDs and staying inside the gates, but the overall effect was minimal. Junior high principals and teachers were also in attendance, and students younger than ninth grade needed to be accompanied by a parent. For Meyer, the general spirit of the crowd increased alongside the ticket sales. “I’ve been here 12 years, and this year’s [homecoming] was amazing,” Meyer said. The same security mea- Top left: Seniors sport yellow for the pep fest Top right: Sophomores sit on either end of the gym in purple Bottom: Terrance Bowers (12), junior, runs to stop the Edina ball sures will be taken in the coming years to ensure this safety and success. “Overall, we want kids safe,” Meyers said. So far, there are no other plans to change the organization of homecoming. “Not only did the students respect the restrictions, they chose to respect each other too,” Meyer said, “That’s why I work here.” “I loved seeing my friends come out, dress up and fill the stands,” Chizek said. Photos by Cydney Froehlich Scan this code for extra photo and video coverage of homecoming week

October 5, 2012

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