What it means to be the king and queen

The duties of Temple’s homecoming king and queen only begin once they’re crowned.

The duties of Temple’s homecoming king and queen only begin once they’re crowned.

Homecoming kings and queens of years past have been involved with the Temple community, but this year, members of Main Campus Program Board are excited to see them be more connected to Temple.

“We’d like them to be the face of Temple,” said MCPB Co-Chair of University Events Nikkita Thompson, a junior education major.

In order to achieve its goal, MCPB wants to see the king and queen on campus, in the community and involved with Temple activities.

The 2009 Homecoming King and Queen, Steve Smith and Grace Obando, led the committee of students organized to create school spirit during Temple’s 125th anniversary. The two also had a role in “Just Cause,” a social initiative between MCPB and Temple Student Government.

Pride, spirit and community service help land them their crowns, and MCPB members expect the king and queen to demonstrate these qualities throughout their reign at Temple.

“They should be the first two people you think of, when you think ‘Temple,’” said Tairell Fulmore, a senior marketing major and second co-chair of university events for MCPB.

The homecoming king and queen are required to attend one home game for every Temple athletic team. MCPB members hope to see them show their Owl pride by attending many more.

Temple administration and organizations can request to have the king and queen appear as figure heads for events. The king and queen will be expected to do more than help boost awareness and attendance of events but partake in them as well.

“We want them to promote Temple events,” Fulmore said, “and be there, participating in them.”

Lara Strayer can be reached at lara.strayer@temple.edu.

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