Our View: CSULB homecoming court has little relevance
Published: Sunday, November 11, 2012
Updated: Sunday, November 11, 2012 15:11
Why does a university still have a homecoming court?
That is the question that we and many other Cal State Long Beach students asked ourselves when our Facebook inboxes were inundated by messages begging us to vote for homecoming king or queen.
We understand, it is tradition, but honestly not too many people care about our university’s homecoming king or queen.
In fact, most of us do not even know who these people running are.
In high school, it was always a popularity contest. It was usually the high school quarterback and the leader of the cheer team, who both have full-rides to some Ivy League school, who would be crowned. They would usually bully their handful of loyal drones to turn in an obnoxious amount of votes so they can ride around on the float at the homecoming football game.
But that was so high school, right?
Wrong! That same popularity contest transcends into universities around the nation, and it leaves many of us wondering, why?
In college, however, the ego required to run for homecoming king and queen has to be through the roof. In high school you had to be nominated by your peers, whereas at CSULB you have to nominate yourself by filling out an application through BeachSync, meaning that the very few who use BeachSync have the chance to be homecoming king or queen.
Besides that, what is the homecoming court’s responsibilities after they are courted and have won? There are none. So, after spending all this time building up to the announcement at the homecoming game, immediately after they win, nothing changes. The winners just get a chance to be the only people in the Walter Pyramid wearing a sash and a fake gold crown.
With the amount of Facebook messages we received about voting for homecoming king and queen this year, it seemed like many of our peers cared more about homecoming rather than the presidential election. We doubt this was because of frustration associated with an electoral college.
The point of the homecoming court is to be representative of our school, but how representative can the winner be if the only candidates are from the Greek system? With so many organizations around campus, it does not seem like a variety to choose from. Then again, perhaps this lack of variety stems from the lack of interest from CSULB students.
Unless there is a way to get a better representation of our campus involved with the homecoming court, then our king and queen will remain irrelevant. That is doubtful, so maybe we should get rid of the court anyway. We do not think too many people will mind.