Homecoming: Fraternities and Sororities and Tissue Paper

829 Words Nov 23rd, 2011 4 Pages
Shannon Gray
11-28-11
Essay 4
Pomped Up for Homecoming
The long nights of folding colored paper into meticulous shapes over and over again until your fingers are raw and bleeding. The even longer nights of unfolding the paper, fluffing it up and sticking it into chicken wire. This is called pomping, or also known as placing squares of colored tissue paper to boards. It is also a way to decorate plywood boards that are just a small part of a larger float. Chicken wire, lots of colored plastic sheets and power saws litter the basements and backyards of sorority and fraternity houses all over campus throughout the months leading up to Homecoming week. Pomping is a thorough task which every new sorority member is required to participate in
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When putting our float together we first have a trailer and then a base structure built out of wood. Sturdy wood that is! After we have sawed several pieces of wood to make our base structure we lay our chicken wired pomp across the float to form our beautiful piece. On this night, basically the Greek community is dead for class the next day but experiences a night full of bonding, memories and a lot of tissue paper.
While Greek groups seem to dominate the homecoming discussion, other organizations do participate in the events. Organizations are placed either in the large or small group category depending on their size. Members of both Greek and non-greek organizations participating in homecoming have other things in common as well including the mad rush to finish the floats before judging takes place. Our floats are judged on creativity, how big it is and how tight the pomp is to the chicken wire. This year my sororities theme was “shooting to the moon”. Our floats colors were red, white, blue, brown and green. We had a long float of a football field with a rocket ship in the middle. Girls from my sorority road on the float dressed in space suits. Let me brag here a little and say we got first place.
Along with the many pomping hours we also receive homecoming hours. This is where we have to attend certain events all throughout the actual homecoming week.

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