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IU Homecoming Will Be Community Event
Updated October 8, 2014 12:10 PM | Filed under: Event
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(BLOOMINGTON) - Indiana University and the city of Bloomington are teaming up for Homecoming 2014.

Julie Warren, director of tourism for Visit Bloomington, says IU's Homecoming weekend is one of the biggest visitor weekends of the year, with thousands of IU alumni and fans filling hotel rooms, restaurants, shops and attractions.

Homecoming week will kick off on Oct. 15 and end with the homecoming game on Oct. 18 when IU takes on Michigan State.

Local businesses and restaurants will bring awareness to Homecoming by giving out themed paraphernalia including coasters, stickers, banners, posters and buttons.

One new feature of homecoming weekend is A Taste of Mini U, which will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17 at the DeVault Alumni Center. IU professor Beth Cate will present "Voting Rights and Wrongs: The Supreme Court Revists Race, Redistricting and the Remains of the Voting Rights Act" and professor Greg Kitzmiller presenting on the history of craft beer in America.

The Distinguished Alumni Service Award, will be presented to graduates who have made contributions to or achievements in their fields or their community, state or nation. There are four recipients of this year's award: philantropist Kathy Ziliak, Ice Miller partner Lacy Johnson, retired ambassador James D. McGee and New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz.

Anderson and McGee will be panelists at the annual "I'm a Hoosier" panel on Thursday, Oct. 16 at Whittenberger Auditorium, according to the University.

Other homecoming highlights include the Nearly Naked Mile -- in which students run through campus shedding clothing that will be donated to the United Way -- Wednesday, Oct. 15, the annual homecoming parade Friday, Oct. 17 followed by a pep rally at Sample Gates, and an all-day open house the same Friday at the DeVault Alumni Center during which all visitors will receive a free gift at the door.

More information about homecoming can be found at and on Twitter at @IUAA.

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