LCSN: NMSU grads, students get ready for Homecoming

October 20, 2009. Retrieved online October 20, 2009 from Diana M. Alba, Las Cruces Sun-News

LAS CRUCES – If you happen to be the point of contact for an intensely competitive college float-building contest, Homecoming week keeps you on your toes.

It’s something experienced firsthand this week by Ginny Van Doren, activities director for the Associated Students of New Mexico State University, who in recent days has fielded calls into the late-night hours from students working on floats.

Van Doren gave a somewhat comical account of the some of the questions and her responses:

“Everything from, ‘how tall can it be?’ – well, don’t make it too tall, it needs to be able to fit under telephone lines – to ‘how wide can it be?’ Well, it needs to be able to fit down a street.”

She said she was so swamped, she finally had to change her voicemail message, referring callers to her office line instead.

“Everyone is trying to do their own thing to woo the judges,” she said.

This year’s theme is “Celebrating the Past, Unmasking the Future.”

The parade, slated for Saturday morning on University Avenue, is just one of a series of events in the 2009 Homecoming line-up. Van Doren said 37 student and community groups have registered floats.

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