By: Kathleen Woods

This year’s homecoming theme was the ’90s, and this which meant bright colors and a flash to the past.

The homecoming pep rally took place on Friday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Looney Complex and was followed by a bonfire at 9 p.m. in the back of Spratt Stadium. 

For the student body that meant showing off your best nineties looks and some decided to dress for the occasion.

Missouri Western junior Emily Walkup dressed up in her best ‘90s attire. Sporting a jean jacket and braids, she was excited for the student body to get together and celebrate the homecoming pep rally.

“I am excited to see all the students come together as a whole, like, united as a Griffon family and just empower, encourage and cheer each other on for the sports ball team,” Walkup said.

Other students were participating in the entertainment of the night. Many organizations performed and sororities and fraternities had a friendly competition to show their school spirit.

Throughout homecoming week both the dance company, sororities and fraternities choreographed their own dance moves to popular ‘90s songs from Brittany Spears to NSYNC.

Missouri Western junior Cameron Edmonton is a fraternity member and was most excited to cheer his fraternity brothers on during their dance routine.

“Probably the dances our pledges for Phi Delta Theta have been working very hard to get their dance perfected so we win this event,” Edmonton said. 

During the pep rally hypnotist, Chris Jones worked his magic by having the audience pretend to hold an imaginary balloon. 

Those in the audience lucky enough to get hypnotized had all sorts of fun. From dancing to thriller, becoming their own superheroes to believing that rapper Drake was in the room. 

Missouri Western sophomore Hunter Akins was one of the few shining stars to be hypnotized by Jones and was shocked that he was actually hypnotised.

“I’m freaking out, because I’m very uncomfortable with what happened, but it was fun,” Akins said. “It’s kind of weird because it’s a pep rally, then immediately there was a Drake concert, and I thought I touched Drake.”

For the next homecoming pep rally, Akins said he would like to have more hypnotists come to Missouri Western but says he would like to enjoy watching it next time.

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