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Mitakihara Homecoming 2061: Stand and Deliver

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Mitakihara Homecoming 2061: Stand and Deliver

By Konomi Fujimiya
The Daily Magi
September 26, 2061


This year, Mitakihara University is celebrating the tradition of traditions on campus, the Annual Homecoming Week. This year's theme is "Stand and Deliver." Hibari Iguchi is this year's Homecoming Chair. Iguchi, a sophomore Asian Studies major, is the granddaughter of former Mitakihara University athletic director Mami Tomoe and a grandchild of Magi football head coach Tatsuya Kaname. She resembles the university founder, Dr. Madoka Kaname, in her youth.

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"Wow, I can't believe I have a great opportunity to represent the university as a homecoming chair," Iguchi said via phone at her student office at the Madoka Union. "I got caught up in the history of Homecoming Week when I was about eight or nine years old. At my parents' house, we talked about the big game, the festivities that went on, and all that stuff. It was so much fun to watch it all happen, and now I get to organize the event.

"I was inspired by the movie 'Stand and Deliver,' which is a 1988 American drama film based on the true story of high school math teacher Jaime Escalante, and how he helped his students pass calculus by their senior year. I can relate because I also double major in computer science. Escalante's story is really cool because he proves that the adversities that his students faced were based on racial bigotry and all that.

"We have a great reputation as being one of the most inclusive universities in the country and in all of North America. We don't discriminate based on race, gender, ability or any orientation. You earn your rewards based on the work you put in. Here, you have to stand and deliver to earn your degree and that's what we as Mitakihara University students aim to do."

A number of events will take place leading up to the Homecoming Game against the UCLA Bruins on October 1, 2061 at 6:00 p.m. PT/9:00 p.m. ET. The game will be televised by City, TVA Sports, ESPN, NHK and BBC. 

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

Tuesday, September 27

8:00 a.m. - Morning Prayers to Madoka - Madoka Chapel
Speaker: Archbishop Michael Thurrock
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mitakihara

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 Countdown to the Canadian Bicentennial. 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. Alex Cochran-Pierce, holds a special band practice with members of the Marching Ultimates, the university's marching band, and now the first-ever all female university marching band at the NCAA Division I FBS level.

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: Something for Everybody
(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: Always Bold, Always Beautiful - The Legacy
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 outgoing Mitakihara University chancellor, Dr. Homura Akemi
Presentation of Award, Hozuki Ferrari, Vice-Chancellor of Mitakihara University, Tsukino Centre (Doors open at 4:30.)

Wednesday, September 28
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 Featuring Kaname Hall
Tickets required: $50 for adults, $35 for students and $30 for 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 29
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. Russia Men's National Team
Battle for the Arrow Of Light, Sakura Bowl Stadium. Tickets required: $70 for adults, $50 for students and $30 for 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. UCLA
The Amagami Campus Pool

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

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

Friday, September 30
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 Kirisame Pyramid
Following the Women's Volleyball game vs. British Columbia, the 2061 Mitakihara Magi Football Team will be introduced. Speeches by head coach Tatsuya Kaname, offensive team captain Danny Russ Hanover, defensive team captain Albert Taylor, athletic director Nagisa Momoe and university chancellor Dr. 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, October 1
6:00 - 9:00 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 Mark Agustin Navarro
Roman Cathoic Archdiocese of Manila

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. UCLA
Hirasawa Field

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

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

3 p.m. to kickoff Pre-Game Tailgate at Athletics
Pack a picnic and set up a tailgate with your friends prior to the Mitakihara-UCLA football game. The Madoka Tailgate Area will be located inside Stade Sakura Bowl Gate 10. Cars can park here for $40, payable on-side. Tailgate is permitted for 2 hours prior to kickoff and for one hour following the game.

6 p.m. Football Kick-Off
Cheer on the Mitakihara Magi as they take on the UCLA Bruins. A block of tickets for Madoka Homecoming is currently reserved through the Mitakihara Athletic Ticket Office. Tickets are required and cost $30 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.

4:30 p.m. - 4th quarter - Homecoming Barbecue
Barbecue in the Stade Sakura Bowl Parking Lot, Gates 6-9. 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.

8:00 p.m. Women's Ice Hockey vs. McGill
Battle for the Sis Puella Magica Cup. Exhibition game, MetroTech Shanarena

8:00 p.m. - A Symphony Celebrating...Robots!?
Presented by the Mitakihara University Philharmonic (MadoPhil), Tsukino Centre.
Ticket Required: Regular: $50.00, $40.00, $30.00;
Students: $30.00, $25.00, $20.00; Seniors (65+): $25.00,
$20.00, $15.00.
Tickets can be purchased directly through the Mitakihara Box Office by phone at (250) 4MADOKA or online at the box office website.

Sunday, October 2
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 $70.00 ($40.00 for students with ID, $20 for seniors) 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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