Five ways to spend your weekend

The homecoming festivities have been going on all week, but the celebration has just begun.

With Central Michigan University pride beaming from students, faculty members and alumni, the weekend’s forecast is raining maroon and gold.

Let your school spirit shine and show that you’re proud to be a Chippewa by attending these five events this weekend:

1.)    Do you remember the pep assemblies in high school that got students pumped up for the homecoming football game?  Central’s Rock Rally is more intense, competitive and entertaining than the ones you remember in high school.  Student organizations have been competing throughout homecoming week for their chance to win the Maroon Cup or Golden Goblet. The Rock Rally will test their creativity as they perform at 7 p.m. on Friday in the Plachta Auditorium. You won’t want to miss this.

2.)    Miles for Medals, a fundraiser for Special Olympics Michigan, will host their annual run through Central Michigan University’s campus. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at Finch Fieldhouse and costs $35. Participants can choose to do the 5k or one-mile walk or run.

3.)    Don’t miss the Central Michigan University homecoming parade Saturday at 11 a.m. starting in Lot 22. The parade will travel through campus, down Main Street and end at Sacred Heart Church.  It will showcase local businesses, floats decorated by student organizations, the homecoming ambassadors and much more.

4.)    Engineering students will sail across Rose Ponds Saturday in homemade cardboard boats at the 16th annual Cardboard Boat Race. The boat that makes it to the other side first will win the coveted first place spot. The race starts at 1 p.m. and will be an event you won’t want to miss.

5.)    Fill the bleachers and support the Chippewa football team as they play against Northern Illinois University Saturday at 3 p.m. in the Kelly/Shorts Stadium. During halftime, the Maroon Cup and Golden Goblet winners will be announced, revealing the student organization that accumulated the most points throughout homecoming week.