Homecoming candidates campaign for crown

Students experienced the opportunity to vote for Homecoming King and Queen Oct. 17.

Candidates utilized different strategies in efforts to receive votes.

Derek Decker, senior human resource major, is the candidate running for Sigma Chi fraternity. He said he felt that social media, flyers, food, and location were the biggest assets to his campaign. Decker also said that he wanted to separate himself from the rest of the competition and that a big advantage would be catching the lunch traffic.

Allison Boshears is a senior public relations major and Homecoming court candidiate for Phi Mu Fraternity.

“We want a campus who is involved and excited about our Homecoming court, not just all of Greek Life,” said Boshears.

Boshear’s campaign strategies were a bit simpler; she planned to ask all of the people at Tech she has met over the past three years to vote for her. She also had digitally designed banners and flyers made with help from her sorority sisters, who helped her with her campaigning on voting day and the day before.

“Whether it be for myself or the other awesome candidates, I want Tech students to vote. Only about 30 percent of Tech’s campus votes every year,” said Boshears.

Andrea Shook, senior sociology major and candidate for Kappa Delta, had a slightly different approach to her campaigning. She said that being herself, having help from her sisters, and her involvement on campus would be everything she needed to bring in votes.  Shook is the president of Kappa Delta, has been a student orientation assistant for two years, Tennessee Tech tour guide, senator for the College of Arts & Sciences, and is also a university 1020 peer mentor.

“You aren’t required to necessarily do anything when you become Homecoming Queen but it would provide a great platform for me to help get things done and improve campus since I’m already involved a lot around campus,” said Shook.

Homecoming will be held Saturday, Oct. 26. The Homecoming parade begins at 10 a.m. in the Hobby Lobby parking lot and will head down Dixie Avenue, ending at Tucker Stadium. The Homecoming game will kick off at 1:30 p.m. Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned at halftime and tailgating will last all day.