Raider Programming Board held events for students every day last week as part of Mount Union’s 2018 Homecoming Week.

A magic show in Campus Grounds kicked off the week on Monday night. Derek Hughes, the “Stand-Up Magician”, hosted an hour-long show filled with comedy, illusions, card tricks, mind reading, and sleight-of-hand to a very astonished crowd. Hughes was a finalist on America’s Got Talent and is currently a producer and trick designer for TruTV’s hit magic reality show, The Carbonaro Effect.

Tuesday’s event, a bonfire in the Quad and smores making, was shelved for a later date due to severe weather.

Mx. UMU, a competition that’s a Homecoming tradition and mimics pageants like Miss. America, finished off Wednesday night, and was arguably the best-received event of the entire week. Eleven contestants representing eleven student organizations compete head to head in four rounds to determine who would be crowned Mx. UMU 2018. This year’s winner. Britt Kolek, made history as being the first female winner of the event. Frees Perspectives, a production company founded by current Mount Union students Joe Reese and D’Vontay Friga, were on-hand to document the event. You can watch the highlight video on Raider Student Media’s YouTube channel and The Dynamo.

On Thursday, RPB hosted a spirit painting workshop in Campus Grounds, where students could create banners and signs for the Homecoming football game on Saturday. Students who were not attending the game, or who did not want to make a banner, could enjoy purple football cookies and paint original artwork on canvases.

Another Casual Friday Coffeehouse was held on Friday night and featured many special performances. RPB collaborated with BSU in hosting the event in recognition of BSU’s 50th anniversary on Saturday. Acts ranged from duets to stand-up to covers, and featured many first-time performances once again.


Homecoming Week ended with the football game on Saturday, where RPB members passed out 1500 free black rally towels to game spectators. The towels were gone in under five minutes. The enthusiastic Raiders were ready to beat Wilmington.


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