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ASU Homecoming is Here

October 26, 2007

Albany - - It's that time of the year again. 25,000 people are expected this weekend for the big Albany State Homecoming game and events.

ASU held its convocation Friday morning to kick off the weekend.

The song Endless Love played by ASU's Marching Band has new meaning for students, faculty, and alumni. 

"It just grabs you and says celebrate," says Albert Smith, better known as Smitty to friends.

He's this year's Parade Grand Marshal. He's been coming back since he graduated in 1970. This year's homecoming is a little more special for him.

"I marched in the civil rights in 1967, so tomorrow I chose not to ride, I will march," Smith says.

At today's Convocation, ASU Alum, Kenneth Cutts from Congressman Sanford Bishop's office motivated his fellow Ram family.

"The fact that we are gathered here today is a testament to Albany State's resilience and growth," he says.

He calls this weekend a holiday. With thousands and thousands of people expected to show up, vendors are setting up shop.

"This same spot is usually my spot every year," says Marlene Ramsey who has been selling at homecoming for about 13 years.

"Myself as well as the other vendors do quite well," she adds.

Students love the break from the books.

"Getting some last minute accessories for the homecoming game. You've got to look fly," says Deshell Brown.

They love seeing alumni, like Smith who comes back.

"It shows that the school spirit is high and were going to be like that one day," says student Crystal Thomas.

Because it's the same pride that unites them - through a love they say, will never end. 

The Rams will play the Morehouse Tigers Saturday. The game starts at 3pm. Smith is asking all visitors bring a canned good so the school can donate them to people in need.

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