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Mitakihara Homecoming 2053: A University For The Free World

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Mitakihara Homecoming 2053: A University For The Free World

By Aziz Al-Hasheem
The Daily Magi
September 22, 2053


Mitakihara University's signature event returns this week to campus: the annual Homecoming Week, celebrating the storied history of Mitakihara University Athletics and a celebration of the unique traditions that define Canada's premier urban research university. This year's Homecoming Theme is "A University For The Free World."

Senior liberal arts major and MadokASI Vice President Fuuko Kurasaki reprises her role as the Homecoming Committee Chair for one final year and was excited, as usual, when asked about this year's Homecoming Week.

"This is a very special homecoming for me because it is the last-ever time I will chair a Homecoming Week," Kurasaki said. "I plan to make this one of the best homecoming weeks Canada has ever witnessed. This year, we are saluting Neil Young and his legacy, while at the same time, honoring our role as a university for the free world.

"We believe in freedom, liberalism and capitalism, while at the same time advocating social justice and the promotion the basic human rights of every citizen. Many political science majors at Madoka have gone to illustrious careers in politics around the world, changing cities and nations for the better.

"We salute these facets this year on Homecoming Week and hope that peace throughout the world forms the gold standard for living your life in the 21st Century."

A number of events will take place leading up to the Homecoming Game against the Air Force on September 27, 2053 at 6:00 p.m. PT/9:00 p.m. ET. The game will be televised by City, TVA Sports, The Mtn., NHK and BBC. 





The Schedule is as follows:
(all times in PT)


Tuesday, September 23
8:00 a.m. - Morning Prayers to Madoka - Madoka Chapel
Speaker: Archbishop John Fitzpatrick
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney

12 p.m. - Homecoming Registration Opens - Kaname Hall (Administration Building)
Registered participants must check in here for their Passport and vouchers for the Saturday Homecoming Barbecue at Mitakihara Stadium Parking Lot.
All Day - Museums: Spend the afternoon visiting one of the Mitakihara Museums. Admission is free with your Homecoming Passport.
* Nissin Museum of Ramen, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* Hayao Miyazaki Museum of Art 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., miyazaki.madoka.ca
* Mitakihara Museum of Puella Magi, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
-Museums open all day Wednesday, Thursday Friday and Saturday

Madoka Garden: Find your peace of mind visiting the Madoka Garden, located next to the Madoka Chapel. Admission is free with your Homecoming Passport. Open 6 a.m. to sunset, all week.

Libraries: Admission is free at the following locations with your Homecoming Passport:
* Yuuki Library, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
* Saito Library 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Special Exhibit at Saito Library: The Legacy of Neil Young. For more information, please visit the Saito Library website.
Libraries open all day Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

1 p.m. Classes: Participants are invited to sit in on a variety of undergraduate classes:
Classes TBA, see University Web Site

2 p.m. and 3 p.m. - Mizuhashi Library Tours
Take a guided tour of the Mizuhashi Library at the Mitakihara School of Graduate Studies. Tours will meet at the reception area inside the front door and will leave at 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Space on each tour is limited.

3 p.m. - Open band practice
Mitakihara Director of Bands, Dr. Mary Cochran holds a special band practice with members of the Marching Ultimates, the university's marching band.

3:30 p.m. Campus tours led by The Society
The Society/La Societe is the premiere student-run organization that is dedicated to serving the Mitakihara University community and is owned and operated by the Mitakihara Associated Students. Tours are conducted in English, French and Japanese.
1. Mitakihara General Tour
2. Beyond The Campus: Madoka Square, The Dorms and More
3. Touring the Madoka Garden
(also will take place on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)
4:30 p.m. Campus tours led by The Society/La Societe
1. Mitakihara Athletic Facilities
2. Madoka Architecture: To Bold and Beautiful
3. Madoka Garden Tea Ceremony (refreshments provided)
(also will take place on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)

5 p.m. - Nonaka House Association's Postmeridie Lecture and Award
Honoring the late Neil Young, OC, OM. Featuring Mitakihara Magi football cornerback Gareth Hale a.k.a. Gir Todafunk
Presentation of Award, Dr. Madoka Kaname, Chancellor of Mitakihara University, Tsukino Centre (Doors open at 4:30.)

Wednesday, September 24
9 a.m.- 3 p.m. - Homecoming Registration - Kaname Hall (Administration Building)
Registered participants must check in here for their Passport and vouchers for the Saturday Homecoming Barbecue at Mitakihara Stadium Parking Lot.

5 p.m. - Mitakihara University Glee Club Concert
Tickets required: $45 for adults, S30 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased directly through the Mitakihara Box Office by phone at (250) 4MADOKA or online at the box office website.

Thursday, September 25
9 a.m.- 3 p.m. - Homecoming Registration - Kaname Hall (Administration Building)
Registered participants must check in here for their Passport and vouchers for the Saturday Homecoming Barbecue at Mitakihara Stadium Parking Lot

7 p.m. - Mitakihara University Rugby vs. Japan Men's National Team
Battle for the Arrow Of Light, Sakura Bowl Stadium. Tickets required: $60 for adults, $40 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased directly through the Mitakihara Box Office by phone at (250) 4MADOKA or online at the box office website.

5 p.m. - Men's Water Polo vs. Long Beach State
The Amagami Campus Pool

7 p.m. - Men's Handball vs. Nebraska
Urobuchi Fieldhouse, Akagi Court

7:30 p.m. - Sprint Football vs. Navy
Hakurei Centre

Friday, September 26
9 a.m.- 3 p.m. - Homecoming Registration - Kaname Hall (Administration Building)
Registered participants must check in here for their Passport and vouchers for the Saturday Homecoming Barbecue at Mitakihara Stadium Parking Lot.

5 p.m. - Women's Volleyball vs. British Columbia
Battle for the Cup of Life. Exhibition, Anderson Court, Marisa Kirisame Pyramid

Approx. 8 p.m. - Pep Rally at Anderson Court, Marisa Kirsame Pyramid
Following the Women's Volleyball game vs. the British Columbia Thunderbirds, the 2053 Mitakihara Magi Football Team will be introduced. Speeches by head coach Tatsuya Kaname, offensive team captain Takumu Mayuzumi, defensive team captain Jeff Nakazawa, athletic director Mami Tomoe and university president Homura Akemi will be made.

9 p.m. - Evening activities
Visit the Inu Daruma Pub or your favorite restaurant at the Campus.
The Meeting: Special gathering for Roseluck Arrow Boosters and Men About Town at McGann's, cash bar @ 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 27
5:00 - 8:30 a.m. - Breakfast at the Dorms - Passport holders are invited to enjoy a hot breakfast at the dorm of their choice. Pay at the door (cash please), cost is $15 per person.

8 a.m. - Morning Prayers to Madoka - Madoka Chapel
Speaker: Cardinal Juan Ortega
Roman Cathoic Archdiocese of Bogota

7 a.m. to 7 p.m. - Homecoming Headquarters and Registration- Rei Ayanami Field
Registered participants must check in here for their Passport and vouchers for the Saturday Homecoming Barbecue at Mitakihara Stadium Parking Lot.

9:00 a.m. Men's Soccer vs. Creighton
Hirasawa Field

11 a.m. Women's field hockey vs. Johns Hopkins
Rei Ayanami Field

12:00 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. Cal Poly
Hirasawa Field

2 p.m. to kickoff Pre-Game Tailgate at Athletics
Pack a picnic and set up a tailgate with your friends prior to the Mitakihara-Air Force football game. The Madoka Tailgate Area will be located inside Gate 13. Cars can park here for $30, payable on-side. Tailgate is permitted for 2 hours prior to kickoff and for one hour following the game. More information can be found at the Athletics website.

6 p.m. Football Kick-Off
Cheer on the Mitakihara Magi as they take on the Air Force Falcons. A block of tickets for Madoka Homecoming is currently reserved through the Mitakihara Athletic Ticket Office. Tickets are required and cost $18 each, children ages 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased directly through the Mitakihara Box Office by phone at (250) 4MADOKA or online at the box office website.

4:00 p.m. - 4th quarter - Homecoming Barbecue
Barbecue in the Mitakihara Stadium Parking Lot, Gates 7-9. A voucher for the "Ika's BBQ Fan Zone" is included in your Homecoming registration price. Please be sure to check-in at the Homecoming registration desk to receive your meal ticket. Drinks will be sold separately on-site. A variety of family a children's activities will be offered in the "Fan Zone," including face painting, music, sports games, prizes and raffles.

7:00 p.m. Women's Ice Hockey vs. McGill
Battle for the Sis Puella Magica Cup. Exhibition game, MetroTech Shanarena

8:00 p.m. - A Salute to Neil Young, featuring Kazero Otonashi
Presented by the Mitakihara University Philharmonic (MadoPhil), Tsukino Centre.
Ticket Required: Regular: $45.00, $35.00, $30.00;
Students: $25.00, $20.00, $15.00; Seniors (65+): $20.00,
$15.00, $10.00.
Tickets can be purchased directly through the Mitakihara Box Office by phone at (250) 4MADOKA or online at the box office website.

Sunday, September 28
9:00 a.m. - Mitakihara 10K Run/Walk for Life
Get ready to put on your running or walking shoes and take a cruise around the different places on campus and in Mitakihara. The route starts at Magia Quad and will weave around the city before ending at Madoka Square. Registration is $60.00 ($30.00 for students with ID) at the Magia Quad tent from 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. All proceeds benefit the BC Cancer Foundation. Refreshments and medals will be provided at finish line.

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