Homecoming 2017 is a weeklong celebration of Northeastern pride, and there are a dozen ways to get in the spirit. From athletic events to a cookie decorating contest, and from trivia night to Spirit Day, there’s something for everyone.
Headlining the week is actor and comedian James Corden. Maybe you know him from his Tony Award-winning performances on Broadway or his British Academy of Film Award-winning U.K. comedy show. Maybe you know him as the host of The Late Late Show and of this year’s Grammy Awards, or as the driver and chanteuse in the wildly-popular Carpool Karaoke videos. Any way you cut it, Corden is a comedic force to be reckoned with.
An Evening with James Corden, moderated by comedian Amanda Seales, will take place on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets are required and can be purchased on myNEU under myTickets. They’re $15 for undergraduate students; $25 for guests, graduate, law, and College of Professional Studies students, faculty, and staff; and $35 for alumni.
Corden’s visit to campus is just one of many activities happening throughout the week to celebrate Northeastern spirit. Here are some of the highlights, and be sure to check online for the full schedule.
Monday, Nov. 6
Kick off this week with the Homecoming Carnival, where free food, games, and a photo booth await. The carnival starts at 1 p.m. in the Curry Student Center Ballroom and Indoor Quad.
Later, learn from Maureen Chiquet, former global CEO of Chanel and former president of Banana Republic, about the value of having women in top leadership positions and what we can all learn from injecting more compassion and collaboration into the workplace. Her talk, titled, “Beyond the Label: Redefining success on your own terms,” starts at 5 p.m. in Blackman Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for alumni, faculty, staff, and guests. Tickets are available online.
Tuesday, Nov. 7
Put your knowledge to the test at the 7th annual Homecoming Trivia Night in Afterhours. Create a four-person team to compete for prizes including Beanpot tickets. Trivia starts at 7 p.m., and participation is based on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to arrive early.
Wednesday. Nov. 8
Wednesday is Husky Spirit Day. Show your Northeastern pride by wearing red and black and sharing your spirit photos on social media. Tweet at @Northeastern, post on Instagram and tag @Northeastern, or use the Northeastern Facebook page. Use #NUexperience and #HomecomingNU for chances to win prizes and giveaways.
While you’re decked out in red and black, check out any number of events happening on campus.
At noon in Xhibition Kitchen, Seth Gerber and Douglas Williams of the Italian restaurant MIDA will give a cooking demonstration.
At 6 p.m. at Cabot Center, the swimming and diving team will challenge rival Boston University. Free “Beat BU” T-shirts will be handed out at the meet.
At 7 p.m., also at Cabot, the volleyball team will take on Hofstra for some Colonial Athletic Association play.
And Late Night at Northeastern starts at 9 p.m. in the Stetson West dining hall, with special tailgate food and giveaways.
Thursday, Nov. 9
Take part in the sweetest competition on campus—a giant cookie decorating competition—at 7 p.m. in the Curry West Addition. Enter a team online prior to the event. Entries will be judged by popular vote at the end of the competition, but everyone’s a winner in enjoying the tasty creations afterward.
Friday, Nov. 10
Join the Northeastern community for the university’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony, where Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, director of the U.S. Air National Guard, will deliver the keynote address. The ceremony starts at 2:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial outside the Egan Research Center.
Throughout the day, support your Huskies as several teams battle for glory.
The women’s hockey team will face Merrimack at 2 p.m. in Matthews Arena. Afterward, be sure to head to the Student Government Association and Resident Student Association Homecoming Tailgate in the Curry Indoor Quad for tacos, giveaways, and more. After tailgating, which starts at 5 p.m., head back to Matthews to cheer on the men’s hockey team as the Huskies hit the ice against rival Boston University at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 11
James Corden takes the stage. Get to Matthews Arena to see the late-night host and comedian Amanda Seales. The show starts at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and close at 8:15 p.m.
The event is presented by the Council for University Programs and the Homecoming Committee.
Sunday, Nov. 12
Round out Homecoming week by cheering on the men’s basketball team in the Huskies’ home-opener at 4 p.m. at Matthews Arena against Wentworth. The first 750 fans will receive a commemorative rally towel emblazoned with the new design of the Matthews Arena court.