Homecoming 2009

Court

Important Dates

Event Date & Time Location
Entry Forms Due Thursday, Oct. 14 • 11:59pm Online
Mandatory Meeting Tuesday, Oct. 12 • 9:15pm UC (2nd floor)
Interviews Sunday, Oct. 17 • 1:00pm - 7:00pm UC (2nd floor)
Campaigning Begins Monday, Oct. 18 • 7:00am  
Voting Thursday, Oct. 21 UC Concourse
Poster Removal Deadline Friday, Oct. 22 • 11:00am  
Budget & Receipts Due Friday, Oct. 22 • 4:00pm UC 146
Top Candidates Announced Friday, Oct. 22 • 8:00pm (at dance) UC Hamilton Center
Royalty Announced Wed., Oct. 27 • 8:00pm (at Variety Show) Young Auditorium

Files

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Packet Word Document PDF Document

Homecoming Court Rules

Candidates

  1. All recognized campus organizations may enter candidates.
    1. Candidates must have completed at least one semester at UW-Whitewater unless prior approval is granted. Minimum GPA of 2.0 is required. Candidates must be enrolled at full-time status. Candidates that are graduate students and/or are currently interning will be considered on a case by case basis (please contact the coordinator before moving forward). Each organization can enter up to 2 candidates (1 male, 1 female). Individuals representing any organization can only participate if they were not members of any prior UW-Whitewater Homecoming Court (regardless of whom they represented).
    2. To be eligible, candidates must be sponsored by at least one recognized campus organization.
      1. Student Organizations - Up to 2 people can be sponsored by either one or two organization(s).
      2. Greek Organizations - Two people will separately represent the Greek organizations and shall consist of a candidate sponsored by Interfraternity Council and a candidate sponsored by the Panhellenic Council.
      3. Residence Halls - One person can be sponsored by one co-ed hall or by a complex.
  2. There is a MANDATORY meeting of all candidates and their campaign managers on Tuesday, October 12, in the University Center (UC259) at 9:15 pm. Please bring pencils/pens and paper. Candidates will sign up for interviews (male and female interviews will be separate) and have their photos taken at this time. Attendance will be taken.
  3. Each candidate must have a campaign manager who will attend the mandatory meeting with the candidate. Campaign managers may not also be current candidates.
  4. All forms will be due at 11:59 pm on Thursday, October 14th. Forms are submitted electronically here.
  5. The Homecoming Court shall consist of five females and five males selected by vote and by interview points. Should any individual be disqualified for not meeting the requirements, the individual with the next highest number of points will move into the open position.

Interviews

  1. Interviews of all candidates will be held on Sunday, October 17th in UC (rooms 261 and 262) from 1-7 pm in 15 minute scheduled time slots. Individuals from each gender with the top eight scores (16 in total) from the interview will appear on the ballot. The 2010 Court will be determined by the interviews (counting as 60%) and through the popular vote of the student body (counting as 40%). The interview committee shall consist of faculty, staff and HSC alums.
  2. Candidates may also be critiqued by a non-scoring interviewer to receive feedback on their interview, style and answer.

Selection Overview

(Vote deduction per violations)

  1. There will be one voting location:
    1. The election will take place on Thursday, October 21, 2010. The voting area will be located in the University Center. Candidates will not be permitted to campaign inside the building where voting is occurring. This includes those running the voting areas. (20 votes)
    2. All candidates on the ballot will be introduced on Friday, October 22, at the dance in the Hamilton Room, University Center. The ten candidates who will make up the 2010 Homecoming Court will also be announced at that time.
    3. The 2010 Homecoming Court, as announced Friday night, will be introduced again on Wednesday, October 27th at the Variety Show. The male and female candidates with the most points will then be introduced as the 2010 Homecoming Royalty. Attendance of the entire 2010 Homecoming Court is required. Each member of the court must have a ticket to watch the variety show.

Formal Campaigning

  1. On Monday, October 18th at 7:00 am, all candidates will be permitted to campaign with their literature, buttons, handouts, etc. Candidates may campaign on the mall, at meetings and at various functions on campus. No campaigning (except by word of mouth) may be done prior to that time. (20 votes)
  2. Campaigning in Esker and Drumlin Halls will be limited to one poster (4' x 4' maximum, must be posted in designated areas), per individual in each dining hall. No other posters, flyers or table tents of any kind will be allowed in the dining halls. Postings may be removed at the discretion of the Homecoming Steering Committee. (10 votes)
  3. Campaigning in all other campus buildings other than your own residence hall is limited to posters no larger than 17" x 22" which may only be placed on bulletin boards in designated areas. Posters are subject to approval guidelines in all university buildings following campus posting policy. (10 votes)
  4. Beginning at 7:00 am Monday, October 18, campaigning in your own residence hall is unlimited, subject to the approval of the Hall Director. You need not be representing your residence hall to campaign there. (Discretion of Homecoming Steering Committee)
  5. No outside banners will be allowed anywhere on or off campus with the exception of candidate's own residence hall, house, or chapter house. (20 votes)
  6. All posters and banners must be removed from public space by 11:00 am, Friday, October 22, 2010. Please keep track of where each posting is hung! (10 votes per infraction)
  7. Personal appearance campaigning is only permitted on the mall (exterior areas from the Library to the Bookstore) or at meetings as approved by the meeting sponsors. (30 votes)
  8. There may not be any door-to-door solicitation; including slipping fliers under doors, or writing messages on dry erase boards or doors. (20 votes)
  9. Flyers may be posted only on bulletin boards where allowable in campus buildings. (10 votes)
  10. Animals may not be used in campaigning other than in photographs. (10 votes)
  11. Publicity expenditure will be limited to $100 per individual on the ballot. A complete budget must be kept and all receipts kept for proof of purchases. Any over-spending or mishandling of books will result in immediate disqualification. The budget and receipts must be turned in to Career & Leadership Development, UC Room 146, by 4:00 pm on Friday, October 22. The $100 maximum shall include organizational funds, donations (private or corporate/business) and corporate/business sponsorship. Corporate/business donations or sponsorship must follow the University Policy on corporate/business sponsorship. Career & Leadership Development will NOT be reimbursing you. (Disqualification)
  12. There will be NO campaigning through ANY campus media source (Cable 19, WSUW, Royal Purple, Mass E-mail, Electronic Message Board, Signboards, etc.). The candidates and their campaign manager may only send e-mails or facebook messages to members of groups the candidates belong to. (Disqualification)
  13. Chalking with washable chalk will only be permitted on cement sidewalks (i.e., NO chalking on buildings, benches, campus signs, classroom chalkboards, or on any vertical surface). The chalk must be in an area where rainfall will remove it. No spray chalk. (20 votes)
  14. Defacement or removal of campaigning material of any candidate is prohibited. (30 votes)

Rule Violations

  1. Any UW-Whitewater student, faculty or staff may submit a complaint about a rule violation.
  2. All complaints in regard to rule violations must be presented in writing to the Homecoming Court Coordinator (Aislynn Pounds), Career & Leadership Development, UC146, describing in detail the incident in question. This must be done within 24 hours of the infraction. The complaint must also include the reporting individual(s)' name(s) and phone number(s). Complaint forms are available at Career & Leadership Development or from the Court Coordinator.
  3. The Homecoming Steering Committee Court Review Board will rule on the complaint. Decisions made by the Homecoming Steering Committee Review Board are FINAL.

Voting

  1. The top 8 male candidates and the top 8 female candidates will be placed on the ballot. Names will be alphabetized on the ballot by last name.
  2. Voting for the election will be held Thursday, October 21, 2010, from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm (all day). Voting will take place in the University Center. Students must present their University ID in order to vote. Assistant Hall Directors, as they are Graduate Students are eligible to vote (remember your mailing address is at Goodhue Hall - you will need to vote in that district).
  3. Students will be permitted to vote for up to three female & three male candidates.
  4. A member of HSC will be present at the voting booth to oversee voting operations.

Obligations

  1. The Homecoming Court will be announced at the Homecoming Dance, October 22. Top 16 court candidate's attendance is required at the Homecoming Dance.
  2. Top 10 court candidate's attendance is required at the Variety Show, October 27.
  3. The Homecoming Court candidates are invited to participate in the Parade on Saturday, October 30. Court candidates (with the exception of the crowned Royalty) must supply their own car and signs. Stay tuned for possible changes to the car plans!
  4. The Royalty are required to participate in the Homecoming Parade. Their vehicle and sign will be provided by the Homecoming Steering Committee.
  5. The Homecoming Court will be required to be at the halftime and postgame activities of the Homecoming Football Game on Saturday, October 30.
  6. Court individuals are required to be on time for each of the events. If a person is late for an event, points will be deducted from that candidate's organization championship point total (Discretion of HSC).
  7. Court participants are prohibited from using alcohol or other drugs during Homecoming events. (Disqualification)

Any questions concerning the Homecoming Court should be directed to homecoming@uww.edu or call Career & Leadership Development, 262-472-1471 and leave a message for Aislynn.

Please Note: Spirit points may be awarded to candidates sponsoring organization(s) to reward positive attitude and behavior by court candidates.