CORVALLIS - Oregon State University will celebrate Homecoming Weekend Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, highlighted by a football game between the Beavers and the Arizona Wildcats. The game is tentatively scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., but that could change if it is televised.

Homecoming activities actually begin earlier, with living group decorations, tug-of-war preliminaries and the annual Homecoming bonfire. Sponsored by the Student Alumni Association, the popular bonfire begins at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30, south of Reser Stadium. It is free and open to the public.

Other events include a series of Classes without Quizzes, reunions, 75th anniversary celebrations of the Memorial Union and Weatherford Hall, a soccer game, football-related activities, and the return to campus of three Alumni Fellows.

This year's fellows are Donald Pettit, an astronaut who was on the International Space Station this year; Mike Rich, who wrote "Finding Forrester" and "The Rookie," and David Wong, co-inventor of the popular drug, Prozac.

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The schedule includes:

Monday, Oct. 27

  • Homecoming decorating begins.

Wednesday, Oct. 29

  • Tug-of-War preliminaries, 7 p.m., Reser Stadium.

Thursday, Oct. 30

  • Judging of living group decorations, 4 p.m.
  • Homecoming bonfire, south of Reser Stadium, 8 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 31

  • Classes Without Quizzes program, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Class of 1963's 40th reunion.
  • Class of 1958's 45th reunion.
  • Memorial Union 75th anniversary.
  • "Football 101," 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Valley Football Center.
  • Men's soccer, OSU vs. California, 1 p.m., Lorenz Field.
  • Alumni Fellows ceremony and reception, 3:30 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center.

Saturday, Nov. 1

  • Reunion brunch for classes of 1963 and 1958, 8 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Beaver Nation tailgater, beginning four hours before kickoff, CH2M HILL Alumni Center.
  • Fan Fair and Academic Fair, 26th Street, before the game.
  • Beaver Walk, down Ralph Miller Drive.
  • Yell Like Hell, at the Beaver Walk, approximately two hours and 15 minutes before the game.
  • Football game, OSU vs. Arizona, tentatively scheduled for 1 p.m. (may change depending on television.
  • Distinguished Professor awards, halftime of football game.
  • Tug-of-War finals and trophy presentation, halftime.

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Scott Elmshaeuser, 541-737-8883