Homecoming began with a blast last week with a series of exciting events for undergraduates and ended in style this weekend, as generations of Huskies and the entire Northeastern community came together to share many memorable moments.
On Friday night, Homecoming 2014 headliner and Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey spoke at Matthews Arena, where he regaled the audience with stories of his early days as an actor and his decision in 2003 to move to London and become artistic director of the Old Vic, one of the city’s oldest theaters. He also harnessed the spirit of Francis Underwood, his character in House of Cards, to offer students some life advice.
Spacey encouraged the students in the audience to adopt a mentorship mentality and share their passion and skills with others. He said one of his mottos is “send the elevator back down,” a saying he learned from his mentor actor Jack Lemon.
On Saturday, current students and alumni joined many others on Saturday afternoon to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Curry Student Center, where they toured the anniversary exhibit and closed up a 2014 time capsule. Also at that event, the Homecoming court and Mayor of Huntington Avenue were announced. Andrew Horowitz is the new Mayor of Huntington Avenue, while Jon Letts and Tasha Radzinki were crowned homecoming king and queen.
Northeastern Athletics also offered some thrilling moments throughout the weekend on and off campus. Women’s soccer on Saturday won the program’s first-ever NCAA tournament game, winning 2-0 at Boston University. The men’s and women’s basketball team’s also opened their seasons with impressive victories over Boston University. And the men’s and women’s hockey programs both responded to road losses to their opponents on Friday night and Saturday night, respectively, to win the second half of their home-and-homes at Matthews Arena; men’s hockey beat UNH 2-1 Saturday night, while women’s hockey defeated Providence 6-2 on Sunday afternoon.
Earlier in the week, Northeastern pride was in full force at event like the Husky Decorating Contest, Red & Black Day, and the Homecoming Battle of the Bands. And on Thursday night, Blackman Auditorium transformed into a culinary hotspot as Dana Cowin, editor-in-chief of Food & Wine, joined three all-star Boston-area chefs—Ming Tsai, Joanne Chang, and Kristen Kish—for an engaging cooking demo and discussion of food. It served as the signature event of Xhibition Kitchen’s 10-year anniversary celebration this fall. Read our story here.
Click on the image below for more memorable moments in photos from Homecoming, followed by tweets from the Northeastern community: