November’s can’t-miss campus events

North­eastern has planned a myriad of must-see events this month. Here are five, which range from Homecoming to Husky hoops.

Husky Hoops

The men’s and women’s basketball teams will tip off the 2014-2015 season against the same opponent: the Boston University Terriers. The women will open the season at home on Friday, Nov. 14 at noon, marking the first of their 12 games at the Cabot Center’s Solomon Court. The men will start the season on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 12:30 p.m. at the TD Garden, where they will compete in the Coaches Vs. Cancer Tripleheader. The first of the men’s 12 home games this season will take place on Nov. 29 at 3 p.m. against Fairfield.

Profiles in Innovation

Claire Chase, a flutist, activist, and 2012 recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant,” will star in the next installment of the Profiles in Innovation Presidential Speaker Series, which will take place in the Curry Student Center Ballroom on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. Chase—who launched the world-renowned International Contemporary Ensemble, a group dedicated to reshaping the way music is created and experienced—will give a talk titled “Debunking, Disrupting & and Rethinking Entrepreneurship” in which she will reveal how ICE musicians turned initial failures into entrepreneurial opportunities. The event—which is hosted by President Joseph E. Aoun and aims to bring the world’s most cre­ative minds to campus for con­ver­sa­tions on inno­va­tion and entrepreneurship—will also showcase the talents of Northeastern’s own student artists, including a pre-event performance by student musicians and a post-event reception in McLeod Suites featuring music, art, and sculpture.

Homecoming 2014

Homecoming kicks off this week and will run through Sunday, Nov. 16. The slate of events—a few of which require registration—will include celebrity appearances, anniversary celebrations, live music, sporting events, class reunions, and much more. Some events will cater specifically to undergraduates while others will be open to the entire Northeastern community, including alumni and friends.

Homecoming 2014 begins in earnest on Monday at 6:30 p.m. in Blackman Auditorium, where the candidates for Mayor of Huntington Avenue will debate topics ranging from the best café on campus to what Northeastern’s landscape will look like in 50 years.

Other events to attend and things to know to make the most of Homecoming 2014:

  • The Husky decorating competition—which will be held on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Curry Student Center Indoor Quad—will challenge students to decorate wooden Huskies, putting a new twist on a Homecoming tradition.
  • Northeastern will host a celebration of the Curry Student Center’s 50th anniversary on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Indoor Quad, where the university will crown the 2014 Homecoming King and Queen as well as the Mayor of Huntington Avenue.
  • Later on Saturday, stop by the Husky FanFest tent adjacent to Matthews Arena in advance of the men’s hockey game against the University of New Hampshire. Celebrate your Husky spirit, participate in interactive activities, and enjoy live music from 5-7 p.m. and then head over to Matthews to cheer on the Huskies.
  • Be sure to follow @AlumniNU and @434csc on Twitter to stay up to date on all that Homecoming Weekend has to offer.

Global Entrepreneurship Week

Global Entrepreneurship Week—the world’s largest celebration of innovators and entrepreneurs—will run from Monday, Nov. 17 through Thursday, Nov. 20. GEW at Northeastern will kickoff on Monday at 6 p.m. at the Visitor Center, where students, faculty, staff, and alumni will celebrate the campus’ thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem. Fresh Truck, a Northeastern alumni venture, will be on site with fresh, seasonal produce, along will harvest-themed snacks and beverages.

Other events will include a guest lecture by the serial entrepreneur Martin Keen, the founder of the socially conscious KEEN Footwear and the award-winning Focal Upright Furniture; the latest installment of the Women Who Inspire Speaker Series; and NEXPO, the biannual entrepreneurship expo featuring IDEA’s top startups. For more information on NEXPO, be sure to check out our recent 3Qs on the trade show.

State of the University

President Joseph E. Aoun will deliver the annual State of the University address on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at noon at Solomon Court, where he will discuss Northeastern’s upcoming priorities and celebrate the university’s outstanding people. He will also announce the winner of the competition to become Northeastern’s Global Officer, his first co-op position. You can add your voice to the agenda by tweeting your questions to #stateofnu.