BY MIKE BRENNAN, Staff Writer

Vegas fever hit the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus in the form of Homecoming.

The festivities started off on Monday with a Homecoming Kickoff in Kochoff Hall that featured wax hands, a DJ, free food and t-shirts. Cars 2 was shown in Kochoff twice that evening. The earlier family friendly showing had about 75 parents and children show up, and another 30 students showed up to view the animated smash hit by Pixar at the later showing.

Tuesday featured two staples to Homecoming. The pancake breakfast was in the UC, where the Homecoming committee and various faculty/staff of UMD served pancakes with blueberry topping, fruit, and orange juice to students.

Later in the evening a group of students suffered a disappointing loss of 17-11 to the Dearborn Police Department in their annual softball match-up at King Boring Field.

Wednesday brought another pancake breakfast to the Fairlane Center South, as well as last year’s smash hit cardboard boat races to the Chancellors Pond. This year’s race winner was the Dearborn Campus Engineers, with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship coming in 2nd, and Campus Video Network coming in 3rd.

That evening also brought the first ever Graduates Of the Last Decade (GOLD) vs Student Flag Football Game behind the University Center. The students came out victorious.

Throughout the week, various office doors were decorated by their staff, and were judged on Thursday. Office of Admissions and Orientations won the best decorated door, and the School of Education’s Dean’s Office won best decorated office.

The annual homecoming dance was met by the student body with much animosity. Last year’s Breast Cancer Ball was considered a major flop by many students, and as a result a mere 40 tickets were pre-sold this year, compared to the near sellout crowds from past years.

The fundraiser ball this year took on a completely different format. Rather than a high school prom-like event, the fundraiser took on more of a relaxed casino game night theme that just happened to feature a DJ and dance floor on one side of Kochoff Hall. Students were able to graze on various snacks and appetizers, as well as sip on mock-tails while participating in various casino games such as blackjack, poker, roulette, craps, and slot machines.