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ASU kicks off homecoming with the gospel

October 17, 2005

Albany-- It's homecoming time at Albany State University and the excitement is contagious on campus. Although kickoff isn't until Saturday a whole list of activities are planned all week. Monday night, some good old gospel music helped to set the pace for the rest of homecoming week.

It's an explosion of gospel at Albany State University. "Tonight, we have our Annual Gospel Extravaganza when we have different choirs and solo acts come and perform," says Student Activities President Robert Bowman. With this extravaganza of sounds, you have your drums, strings and of course there's the famous, "Soprano, alto, tenor. We have some baritone and we have some bass," says Albany State Gospel Choir Advisor Wendy Coleman.

Several voices sing out and audience members reach out as a start to Albany State's homecoming week. "Homecoming is always the best time of year for students," says Miss ASU Kendria Bailey. Local choirs from all over the city participated but the main attraction was from the school.

"Our very own Annointed Albany State University Gospel Choir," says Bowman.

Over 50 representatives of the blue and gold filled the stage for what is their first performance of the year. "It's good to start the week off with a word from God just to let people know that in the midst off all this, we can start it off on a good note," says Bailey.

"Every year the Student Government does the Gospel Extravaganza first to kind of set the tone for the week," says Coleman. The gospel has been a tradition for years at ASU. "It sets a foundation. It's easy for us to have all the hip-hop and rap but gospel is a foundation," says Bowman.

The music will also set the soundtrack for the big game. "I have faith in our team. We're going to win," says Bailey. This gospel extravaganza's spirit and sounds will play on all week.

For a full list of activities, click on the following link.

http://asuweb.asurams.edu/ASU/web_apps/news/news/news_item.asp?NewsID=217

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