Homecoming marches on without Greek life

By: Mariel Carbone | WCTV Eyewitness News
November 17, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- As Florida State's annual homecoming parade marched down College Avenue on Friday, one aspect was noticeably missing.

Greek life.

With President John Thrasher's recent ban on all Greek activities following the death of Pi Kappa Phi student Andrew Coffey, the usual floats decorated by sororities and fraternities were also banned from the event.

"The parade is still going to be great, the band, I see people walking now. The band is going to be great, the Golden Girls are going to be great. It's going to be a great time," said freshman Ramone Nelson.

According to the Alumni Association, roughly 75 entries made up this year's parade. That included the Marching Chiefs, the Golden Girls, homecoming court, the cheerleaders, President Thrasher, community organizations and on campus clubs. Only about 15 floats were affected by the ban.

Some students said they do not believe the President's actions will affect the atmosphere of the weekend, and that homecoming will actually serve as a time to bring everyone together.

"I think the Greek life ban is a different issue and I think people will be able to put that aside for this weekend," said student Billy McManus.

Still, other factors have plagued the 2017 homecoming festivities. Including War Chant headliner Solange cancelling just a few days prior to the concert. And the football team having a less than stellar record.

"We're still Seminoles, we're still proud," said Gena Heylock, a Florida State student.

Many students noted that despite 3-6 record, they still stand by their team.

"As much as sometimes we lose a game, we are always there. We want them to win," said Jacob Anderson, a member of the Marching Chiefs.

"We've won some, it's great.The home games are still great. They're hot, but they're still amazing," said Nelson.

Homecoming festivities continue Friday night with Pow Wow set for 7 p.m. at the Civic Center.

The Noles will take on Delaware State at noon on Saturday, followed by an after-game concert by country singer Cole Swindell.

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