Homecoming Live thrills students with music and dance, amid Hurricane Ian delays
On Nov. 9, the Tucker Center hosted the 74th annual Florida State Homecoming Live. Initially planned for October, Homecoming Live – and most Homecoming events – were postponed due to Hurricane Ian. This year’s theme was “Memories in the Making,” and was selected to “encompass the memories that will be made by the current student body as well as the memories alumni are able to reflect on years after their FSU experience,” according to the official Homecoming page.
Despite the numerous planned attractions, attendance was in sharp decline from last year’s Homecoming event; far less than a quarter of the seats in the arena were full.
Unaffected, however, were the Homecoming Live performers. During the event, a number of student organizations took the stage to perform a variety of routines. The Marching Chiefs opened the night, followed by several other music and dance routines by FSU Cheerleading, All Night Yahtzee and more.
The audience answered trivia questions about FSU history and heard from some of the Homecoming Live planners. There was even a portion dedicated to honoring Ms. Killings, who was in attendance that night. Many students shared their admiration for her and the impact that she had had on their time at Florida State. In response, the crowd received one more “I love you.”
One of the student organizations that took the stage was Acabelles, a soprano-alto a cappella group. In front of a hot pink background of hearts, they sang a rendition of “Adore You” by Harry Styles. Prior to their appearance at Homecoming Live, Acabelles had recently competed in and taken second place at the SoJam A Cappella Festival. “We were trying to balance rehearsing for that while also rehearsing for this,” said Acabelles performer Aydyn O’Brien. “We were rehearsing like nine hours a week, but everyone was so dedicated and committed to success. It’s always fun to perform with this group of girls because not only is everyone so talented, but everyone is just a joy to be around.”
The event also included the crowning of this year’s Homecoming Chief, Alex Chang, and Princess, Abril Hunter. Hunter took a moment to speak to FSView about her experience.
“I decided to apply for Homecoming Court because I had been an external representative for the school via many of the scholarship programs I am a part of and because of that, I wanted to represent the school to the school,” she said. “The experience was very different than I could have ever imagined. Obviously, Homecoming was split over many weeks because of the hurricane, so it really shifted the experience and was probably the biggest surprise. Getting our names announced on the field was something wildly different than I could have imagined. I also value the bond Homecoming Court gave me, and it was better than I could have thought.”
Homecoming Live concludes with its main event, a performance by the musical duo Social House, which is composed of Michael Foster and Charles Anderson. The highlight of the performance was their song “Magic In The Hamptons,” inarguably the most well-known of their discography.
While the crowd size was small, the students in attendance did not lack excitement. “It was amazing to see how the school spirit flowed through the students and filled the whole room, no matter how many people were there,” said Homecoming Live super-fan Keara Escobedo. “You could tell that the student performers had worked really hard. It was amazing to see how many things go on campus. As for Social House, well, everybody loves ‘Magic In The Hamptons.’”
Fellow attendee Annie Blanchard also shared a bit about her experience at Homecoming Live: “I look forward to Homecoming Live every year,” said Blanchard. “It’s such a beautiful display of unity among the student body and I just wish more people would’ve showed up in support. However, because of the extra space, I got to go into the pit during Social House’s performance, which was pretty cool.”