October 17, 2011
“Mardi Gras at Elon” was the Homecoming theme in 1991. Prior to Homecoming week, a few events were scheduled which included Skit Night in Whitley Auditorium, and the infamous Homecoming float competition that took place on Haggard Avenue. The Homecoming floats were created by a number of student organizations. The float competition preceded the Elon football game, in which the Fightin’ Christians played the Bulldogs of Gardner-Webb (and Elon lost). Other events that took place during Homecoming included a penny drive to benefit the United Way and a carnival.
Reunion classes from 1941 and 1966 gathered for Homecoming and had a variety of special events planned. Cathy Miller from the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority was crowned Homecoming Queen, and her escort was Patrick Dillon. Becky Greaves from the Alpha Omicron Pi was awarded second place, third place went to Wendy Law from Alpha Sigma Alpha, and fourth place was awarded to Tricia Talbert from Zeta Tau Alpha. Angie Smith from the Student Union Board placed fifth overall. Homecoming 1991 represented the first time that a representative from a non-Greek organization was included in the top five.
Ashley Pippin served as one of the coordinators for Homecoming 1991 and said “It was a long hard week for all of us, but I think everyone had a good time. It was nice to see that Homecoming was not strictly for the Greeks and that other organizations got involved and did a terrific job.” (The Pendulum, November 8, 1991, pg. 5)