By Sascha Raiyn, News Editor
Victors Fun Night looked a little different this year.
For many years the event has been one of the last of the annual weeklong Homecoming celebration. In years past, however, it was focused on UM-Dearborn alumni.
“We’ve really opened it up to the campus so we’ve had a greater turn out because now the students are coming,” said Marsha McMunn, assistant director of Alumni Relations.
More than 100 people – alumni, students and their families – showed up for the all ages event Friday, Oct. 9. They put their books and jobs aside and went about the serious business of play.
“Honestly, I haven’t been to any other events,” said journalism and screen studies major and senior Keisha Cole.
Cole brought her daughter, sister and friends to play as well. She played dodgeball and volleyball and made herself a crown covered in spiders. She said she wants to be more active in her last year at school and thought Victors Fun Night was a great way to get started.
“I want to go out with a big bang,” Cole said, asking to be called the ‘Spider Queen,’ “and I also want to celebrate with my family and friends.”
There was a lot to do. Attendees played foosball, table tennis, dodgeball, volleyball and air hockey. There was a rock climbing wall and giant Jenga. A crafts area offered an opportunity to create crowns, swords and masks. There was pizza.
“I didn’t really expect college to be like this,” said Darien Brown, a sixth-grader at Hamtramck Academy. “It’s so cool!”
Brown said he hopes everything is still in place when he starts college himself.
“It’s so much fun! I’m really happy to see all the families here,” McMunn said.
She said alumni enjoy having an event they can bring their kids to, and they like meeting students going through what they once did.
“We love that the students and alumni are having the chance to get to know each other and that’s something we want to keep doing more of,” McMunn said.
Victors Fun Night ended with the Alumni Hockey Game. Former UM-Dearborn hockey players stepped into their skates to compete on Fieldhouse ice once again.
Team Blue claimed the victory, beating Team White 9-8.