The University of Arkansas at Monticello held homecoming elections Oct. 3 – 5. Prior to the elections, each recognized campus organization received a nomination form.
In the past, UAM stood as the only school in the vicinity that did not have requirements for the nominees. This year, Student Programs and Activities director Lindsey Kight and Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Clay Brown checked with other universities in the area that matched UAM’s demographics and looked at their requirements. For UAM, nominees must be enrolled in at least nine hours and have completed at least 18 hours at UAM as well as maintaining at least a 2.00 cumulative grade point average.
Kight said, “I think (the homecoming court) helps spotlight what the student body is all about and what we want to portray as our student body. I think the court helps portray a positive image to the campus and the community since homecoming is a community event.”
This year, campus organizations nominated a total of 43 students for homecoming court. Of these 43, students are allowed to vote for 12 girls. Approximately 450 students participated in the homecoming elections. During the voting process, students must show their identification cards to ensure that no one votes more than once; however, the actual votes remain anonymous. Faculty and staff cannot vote for the court.
The individual who receives the most votes obtains the title of homecoming queen. The next 11 individuals receiving the highest number of votes comprise the court. Those on the court are recognized in the homecoming parade, the bonfire and the football game, at which time they will name the queen.
Special Sanders, representative of UAM’s online literary magazine “The Foliate Oak,” said, “It scares me to death to be on homecoming court because I’ve never done anything like this before. I’m not good at being pretty. I like it, though, because it’s a new experience, and I think it will give the ‘Foliate Oak’ more exposure to the campus.”
Along with the homecoming court, Feonda Devall will be recognized as the Football Sweetheart. The Football Sweetheart is elected solely by the football team, which consists of 98 players.
The following list comprises the court and the clubs they represent:
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ŠThe Voice 2006
Revised 09/13/2006 11:05:03 PM— http://www.uamont.edu/Organizations/TheVoice/4_6/court.htm