by Lauren D’Ambra
Homecoming is a big event no matter what school you attend, but here at Mines, Homecoming is particularly special because it brings our entire community, past and present together. It’s a chance to get out, have some fun, and celebrate Mines with your fellow Orediggers.
This year’s Homecoming was even more special because it was Mines’s first in person homecoming in two years. The last time Orediggers were able to properly get together and celebrate was way back in 2019 (I know it was only two years ago, but so much has happened between now and then that it feels longer). Luckily, Mines was able to safely welcome back its students and alumni for a spectacular Homecoming event.
Mines always starts it’s homecoming off with a big bonfire on Friday night. Students gathered at the base of Mount Zion to appreciate the gigantic blaze and admire the celebratory shape of the iconic M, a mile marker on a map. Participants were then treated to s’mores, hotdogs, hot chocolate, and hot apple cider while Mines Internet Radio provided an excellent playlist that everyone seemed to enjoy. Even the weather cooperated, with no wind and a crisp temperature, the bonfire was able to burn long into the night. It was absolutely fantastic to hang out with everyone at the bonfire again.
Saturday morning brought a new Homecoming tradition: the Homecoming Street Fair. Almost every club and organization at Mines had a booth for fairgoers to come and visit. Blaster the Burro even made a guest appearance! The Mines community really seemed to enjoy this new tradition and we look forward to maybe seeing it again next year!
Finally, the Homecoming football game was absolutely spectacular! Everyone knew it was going to be a great game, both Mines and Western State University were undefeated going into the game, but talk about a nailbiter! Both teams were neck and neck with each other for the entire game, right up until the game went into overtime. Luckily, our Colorado SChool of Mines Oredigger football team came through in the end and won 20-14 in a tense overtime match. Way to go Orediggers! It’s also worth noting the game’s halftime performance included a great performance by the Mines Dance Team and the Colorado SChool of Mines Marching Band’s first football performance in two years.
Want to read more about the Homecoming Football Game and/or hear some great things about the Homecoming concert? Check out the Arts & Culture Section and the Sports Section!