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One “Kool” Homecoming

UB's new homecoming celebration gets funky

Kool and the Gang headlined UB’s 2013 Tailgate Concert Series, part of a new lineup of game-day events. Photo: Paul Hokanson

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As part of UB’s expanded Homecoming and Family Weekend festivities this past October, two-time Grammy Award-winner Kool and the Gang performed an epic concert outside Alumni Arena, before the Bulls trampled the Eastern Michigan Eagles, 42-14. The ’70s funk band got the crowd going with hits like “Celebration” and “Get Down On It” as the season headliner for UB’s Tailgate Concert Series—part of the football program’s new “game-day experience.” Bulls fans also enjoyed a pregame “Walk to Victory” with the football squad, and “Stampede Square” offered family-friendly live entertainment, interactive games and giveaways outside the arena.

The entire weekend was warm and friendly. Even the weather was unseasonably mild. “Cash Cab” star and comedian Ben Bailey opened the festivities. Parents, siblings and alums gathered for campus tours, reunions and a family brunch, joining students for UB’s annual carnival, fireworks, bonfire and pep rally on Friday night.

During halftime at the game on Saturday, a group of students was dubbed “UB’s Finest” during a modern-day Homecoming Court ceremony presided over by President Satish K. Tripathi, mascot Victor E. Bull and former Homecoming Queen Carolyn Fierson.