University of Nebraska – Omaha celebrated homecoming over the weekend but there was a change in the homecoming court process. Director of Student Involvement Bill Pickett says the typical king and queen titles are no more.
Pickett says, “We dropped the king and queen titles. That way students that wanted to run for royalty could do so without feeling like they had to pick which one.”
Pickett says when students applied to be a candidate they were not asked their gender since it is just royalty in general. They award fourth, third and second place winners but the two students who got the most votes are the royalty. He says half of their score comes from student votes and the other half from the interview process. There were ten students in the homecoming court.
Pickett says they are following a trend among other colleges and high schools around the country and thought this would be a good year to roll it out. He says any student that would want to run for homecoming court would feel welcome to do so. Pickett says students have been involved in the process and feel this is a fair way. He says there have been few complaints.
Sapphire Andersen from Aurora and Nick Rieschel of Omaha were selected Friday as homecoming royalty. They were officially crowned last Friday evening at the Maverick hockey game.
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