Students paint the ‘Ville for Homecoming

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Kerrigan Sadler, sophomore in construction science and management, paints the window of Pita Pit with, Morgan Wolfe, sophmore in graphic design, for Paint the 'Ville on Oct. 13, 2015. Paint the 'Ville is part of K-State's Homecoming tradition, which is in its 100th year. (Mason Swenson | The Collegian)

Students from sororities, fraternities, residence halls and student organizations showed up in Aggieville Tuesday for the annual Paint the ‘Ville competition.

Homecoming pairings and student organizations had seven hours to paint their assigned window in Aggieville in accordance with the Homecoming theme.

“It’s pretty fun just seeing everyone out,” Zach Kratochvil, sophomore in marketing and management, said.

In order to celebrate 100 years of Homecoming, instead of having one common Homecoming theme, each pairing and student organization was assigned a different decade starting with the 1900s and going to the future. Kratochvil said what each group does with its decade is up to them.

“I’m pretty excited to see what everybody has, and, especially with all of the different events throughout the week, how they’re going to incorporate their look on 100 years of Homecoming and how well it reflects what K-State is all about,” Kratochvil said.

James Albert, senior in accounting, said his group chose to use MTV and the music video “Take on Me” by A-ha to represent the 1980s. To tie the theme back to K-State, the group renamed MTV to KTV and “Take on Me” to “Take on OU.”

“I thought it was great because I wish I was born in the ’80s,” Albert said. “It would’ve been great. The music was awesome and that’s why we chose what we did here.”

According to Kratochvil, his group decided on the theme “transforming the future.” The group members wanted to show that a difference is being made now to benefit the future so that there will be another 100 years of Homecoming.

“Everyone actually really likes (Paint the ‘Ville), especially it being in the business district of Manhattan,” Kratochvil said. “People see it and it’s a really good way to get not necessarily just the greek community, but all of the student organizations, (to show) that we actually care about Manhattan.”

Madison Morelli, freshman in business and marketing, said she enjoys hanging out with her sorority sisters and seeing everything come together.

“I’m just excited to walk through and see all the paintings when they’re all done,” Morelli said.

For the Homecoming competitions, students can compete within three divisions: the greek division, the residence life division or the student organization division. Each competition is judged individually and factors into the overall winners.

“It’s definitely fun,” Morelli said. “I’ve never done anything like this, so for me, it’s exciting.”

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