(BASIL JOHN/THE STATESMAN)
The homecoming candidates entertained the crowd with skits, videos and musical performances. (BASIL JOHN/THE STATESMAN)

The Stony Brook homecoming court got to show off their Seawolf spirit this past Tuesday night at the “Creative Explosion” in the SAC auditorium.

The candidates had to basically sell themselves to their fellow classmates, who cheered and laughed along throughout the show.

“The creative explosion is an opportunity for all of our homecoming king and queen candidates to showcase what it means to be a Seawolf, and who they are to our campus community,” Kimberly Mones, assistant director of student activities who was in charge of putting on the show, said.

The event consisted of small bio introductions to the audience of the candidates, and then each candidate had the opportunity to answer questions, and lastly the entertainment portion.

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The candidates all answered the same three questions. The first question, “Why should you be homecoming king/queen?” The second question was something related to an item on each individual candidates application and the third question was “if you could create one new tradition at Stony Brook, what would it be?”

After the questions each candidate came back out one by one to entertain the crowd with a dance, video, skit, or performance. Each candidate brought something different to the table.

The SAC auditorium was filled up with students who came out to support their friends and to show off their school spirit and, of course, Wolfie was hanging around his fellow Seawolves.

Evann Slaughter, a senior anthropology major, attended the show in support of her friends who were in the court.

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“I wanted to see their performances, I was really excited for it,” she said. She added that though she is a supporter of homecoming king candidate Jules Mayard she thought that all of the acts were really good.

At the end of the night, those who attend are able to place their ballet in the voter’s box, but only if they stay for the whole show. Voting is available online until Friday since not all students are able to make it to the show.

According to Mones, the homecoming king and queen candidates were notified on Sept. 10 that they were on the court, giving the students about two weeks to prepare for the show.

“They are troopers, and they do a fantastic job with such a short amount of time,” she said.

All of the candidates were very creative with their ideas. Homecoming king candidate Angelo Lambroschino created a video to go along with his skit which consisted of different old game shows modified as SBU versions, for example, “Who wants to be a Seawolf” and “Double Dare, Seawolf Edition.”

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“I loved them, they were so fun,” Zaara Irshad, freshman majoring in bio-chemistry, said when talking about the performances of the candidates. “Everybody is amazing, they have such school spirit.”

Candidate Vincent Justiniano claimed that he did not have a performance talent, however to get out of his comfort zone, as he said, he danced through the audience singing the song “Like a Prayer” by Madonna while the crowd clapped, laughed and sang along with him.

“There’s a lot of spirit, and a lot of pride,” said John Leddy, director emeritus and assistant MC for the night. “The students get to show how much they love Stony Brook and Stony Brook shows how much they love them.”

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