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Homecoming goes virtual next week

Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Three stars of Netflix’s award-winning pop culture comedy series Schitt’s Creek will entertain the Northeastern community next Saturday for the finale of a very different Homecoming Week, tailored to the pandemic era.

Northeastern’s Council for University Programs, which usually brings comedians and actors for live Homecoming shows, secured Dan Levy and Annie Murphy for a virtual event this year, starting at 8 p.m. EST on Feb. 13.

The online event is one of many changes to tradition this year. Another is the timing of Homecoming itself—in February, instead of the traditional November.

“The decision to hold a Homecoming Week in February was supported by staff and students alike, as a way to continue a strong Northeastern tradition and offer involvement opportunities at a time when things are understandably limited,” says Emily Hardman, assistant dean of student programming and communications.

Organizers shifted most of the week’s regular programming into interactive activities online that promote togetherness while underscoring the need for proper distancing and avoidance of large gatherings.

Landing Levy and Murphy is a major get for CUP, the student-run organization that provides campus-wide entertainment. On Schitt’s Creek, they play the adult children of a formerly wealthy family reduced to living in a rundown motel in a town they once bought as a joke. Levy and Murphy will be interviewed by fellow cast member Emily Hampshire, who plays motel front desk clerk Stevie Budd.

Schitt’s Creek recently scored five Golden Globe nominations, including best television musical or comedy series, on top of a slew of other accolades. The Canadian sitcom ended its sixth and final season last April. 

Registration for the virtual event is open to current students, faculty, and staff with a email-address. Tickets reserved with non-Northeastern email addresses will be cancelled and unable to access the program.

The event is part of a lineup of virtual activities designed to safely connect the Husky community. Activities get underway Sunday with a Family Feud-style game show starting at 2 p.m. EST. 

The following evening, two painting activities are scheduled. Students who registered for the program were mailed paint kits, complete with canvases and brushes, and have a choice of depicting the Boston skyline or a winter scene. Advance registration was required and is now closed.

Trivia will be the theme of Tuesday evening’s event hosted by the Center for Student Involvement, before Spirit Day launches on Wednesday. Students are encouraged to post photos in their Northeastern gear throughout the day on Facebook. Also on Wednesday, the  Office of Global Services hosts an 11 a.m. EST gathering to discuss how holidays are celebrated around the world. 

Thursday’s agenda includes an escape room role-playing scenario in which a high-ranking United Nations official has been kidnapped and the U.N. has requested help from local authorities. The 90-minute event is open to students only and registration is required by February 10. A similar online adventure will be held on Friday evening.

Thursday and Friday also include service project volunteering opportunities involving a Boston food bank. 

A complete list of all homecoming events is available. 

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