Spirits were high going into halftime during this year’s homecoming football game. The football team was in the lead, the weather was great, and the sun was shining. Two clubs made an appearance during halftime, hosting events of great intrigue.
The Mines Activities Council was the first organization to take the field with the announcement of the 2013 Homecoming Queen and Beast. Nominees for Homecoming Queen were: Ashley Hertzler, Erica Kellenberger, Kaitlyn Hedberg, Lauren Lunquist, and Virginia Judge. Nominees for Homecoming Beast were: Brandon Hunton, Kit Pfeiffer, Kyle Heser, Scott McClary, and Oluwaseun Ogunmodede.
Those nominated had to belong to an organization on campus, and after a long week of voting on trailhead the winners were decided. The 2013 Homecoming Queen was Ashley Hertzler and the Homecoming Beast was Oluwaseun Ogunmodede, known as Seun. In her fourth year at Mines, Ashley is majoring in Mechanical Engineering and is an active member of Alpha Phi. Seun is in his fourth year at Mines also majoring in Mechanical Engineering, however he is also a member of the Colorado School of Mines Soccer team. This year’s winners were excited as they donned their respective embellished helmets and the Beast put on his beard.
The second organization to take the field “brought the heat” in the wake of the Queen and Beast recognition. The Up ’til Dawn organization hosted a Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin wing-eating contest to raise money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Three groups, representing different aspects of the school, competed with three members on each team to see who could eat hot wings the fastest. Each group had to eat a total of 30 hot wings; 10 hot wings a person. The three groups representing the school were the Residence Hall Association, the Physics department, and the Mines Student chapter of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG).
The American Association of Petroleum Geologists took first place with competitors Adam, Nico, and Travis; taking second was the Residence Hall Association, and coming in last was the Physics Department. However, the Physics Department was able to raise the most money with approximately 850 dollars raised, while the Residence Hall Association raised the second most at approximately 200 dollars and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists raised about 95 dollars. Overall, the contest raised more than $1100 for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The money will go towards the 1.8 million dollars that it takes to operate the St. Jude Children’s Research hospital on a daily basis.