Uprooted Magnolia

Basketballs, Bonfires… and Bears!

Posted in Georgia, Photography by leahyetter on November 19, 2011

It was great to come back and join the current team of photogs at Mercer University for the Homecoming 2011 Weekend. They have been a client of mine for a long time now and always welcome me back with open arms when I make a visit to Macon.
To get the ball rolling, the first event we covered was the groundbreaking ceremony of Mercer’s new football and lacrosse complex.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

©Leah Yetter Photographer

Next up was the Veterans Recognition Ceremony where Mercer honored veterans past and present.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

I took a walk over to the university arena where the women’s basketball team was playing against Auburn University. It was a great turnout and I learned later that night that we set a record for women’s game attendance!

©Leah Yetter Photographer

©Leah Yetter Photographer

The students never cease to crack me up (or make me feel old) during skit competitions.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

This year they had to perform skits from the 90’s, when most of them were born!!

©Leah Yetter Photographer

Of course Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky jokes were prevalent, and that booty shaking Sir Mix-a-Lot song blared through the speakers a few times. But my favorites you might ask? The SNL skits, oh yeah. Wayne’s World was probably the best. But runner up to that was Arianna and Craig, the Spartan Cheerleaders. These kids were hilarious! They did a great job and I was cracking up the whole time!

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The pep rally kicked off after the skits with a bonfire and fireworks. It was a beautiful night for both.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

The next morning was the 5k run and pancake breakfast. It was early and cold and we had some dedicated and impressive participants. I was glad I was only shooting and happy to sip on some coffee and eat pancakes when they were done.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

After breakfast, we took a tour of the campus with the class of 1961. They were there for their 50th Class Reunion.

It’s game time.

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The Mercer Bears against the Emory Eagles.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

©Leah Yetter Photographer

The Homecoming King and Queen were announced at half time.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

And when I asked for a group shot of the Homecoming Court, they growled at me. Be the Bear!

©Leah Yetter Photographer

Where I live now, I’ve seen both bears and eagles with my own eyes and through the lens. And although I can’t comment on whether or not the statement in the poster above is true in the wilderness, it certainly was true in the arena that afternoon. Go Bears!


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  1. melissakoski said, on November 20, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Love the fire photo. Pancakes sound devine!

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    • leahyetter said, on November 21, 2011 at 8:36 am

      Thanks. But the pancakes would have been better if they had chocolate chips in them!

      Like


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