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Sept. 14, 2007

UI to celebrate Homecoming Sept. 23-29

The University of Iowa will celebrate Homecoming 2007, whose theme is "Our Heroes are Hawkeyes," with a week of events building up to the Saturday, Sept. 29 football game against Indiana.

The annual homecoming parade through the streets of downtown Iowa City will begin at 5:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28. This year's honored guest is UI alumnus and  star of "Superman Returns" Brandon Routh, and the grand marshal is Hawkeye football alumnus Jim Keane. See  for more information on Routh and Keane.

An outdoor movie night will kick off the week on Sunday, Sept. 23 in Hubbard Park, featuring "Superman Returns" projected on a 40-foot screen. This new event starts at dusk and is free and open to the public.

On Monday Sept. 24, the Campus Activities Board (CAB) and the Homecoming Council will host a new event, Comedy Night. Comedian J. Chris Newberg will begin his show at 9 p.m. in the The Hawkeye (formerly the Wheelroom) on the ground floor of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Three Dog Night will join Ben Kweller for the free Friday concert at approximately 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28 on the Pentacrest, following the parade and pep rally. The concert is co-sponsored by SCOPE Productions and the Homecoming Council.

Three Dog Night is a classic rock group, legendary with their hits, "Mama Told Me," "Joy To The World," "Black and White," and "Shambala." Although the group was founded in 1968, its music continues to appeal to fans of all ages. From 1969 through 1974, the band says "no other group had more top 10 hits, moved more records or sold more concert tickets." Since 1986, Three Dog Night has  performed more than 2,000 shows, including two Super Bowls.

Up-and-coming indie rocker Ben Kweller was former lead singer of the 1990s band Radish. He now has a successful solo career. His most well-known songs include: "Penny on the Train Track," "Run," "Nothing Happening," "Catch My Disease," and "Sundress." Kweller's most recent CD is "On My Way," a follow-up to his debut CD "Sha Sha." He recently wowed the audiences on "Last Call with Carson Daly" and has toured with such bands as the Strokes, Kings Of Leon, the Dave Matthews Band and Dashboard Confessional.

To commemorate Homecoming 2007, a $2 collectors button is on sale at the Iowa Hawk Shops, Iowa Book, the Levitt Center for University Advancement, and several local businesses in Iowa City/Coralville area. Commemorative T-shirts are also available for $12 in the Iowa Hawk Shops.

Highlights of Homecoming events include:

-- Sunday, Sept. 23: Outdoor Movie Night, Hubbard Park, featuring "Superman Returns."

-- Monday, Sept. 24: Blood Drive; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Main Lounge, Iowa Memorial Union; "Gold Rush," 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Hubbard Park; "Comedy Night" with J. Chris Newberg, 9 p.m., The Hawkeye, Iowa Memorial Union

-- Tuesday, Sept. 25: "Havoc at Hubbard," an outdoor sports competition with student groups competing to earn points. Students are encouraged to attend and watch; 2 to 6 p.m., Hubbard Park. A barbecue is planned from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the park

-- Wednesday, Sept. 26: "Sports Night," when fans can meet current UI athletes, including all senior football players. The athletes will sign autographs and participate in demonstrations in their respective sports. This event includes food, games and prizes, and also features visits from Herky and the 2007 Homecoming Court; 6-9 p.m., University of Iowa Athletic Hall of Fame.

-- Thursday, Sept. 27: "Iowa Shout," a time-honored tradition, features Greek chapters showing off their creative skills in singing, dancing and acting during four- to five-minute skits; 7 p.m., Main Lounge, Iowa Memorial Union. "Music Mayhem" is a new event set up as a game show for the student organizations, 7:30 p.m., Second Floor Ballroom, Iowa Memorial Union.

-- Friday, Sept. 28: Parade and pep rally. Parade step-off will take place promptly at 5:45 p.m. in downtown Iowa City, beginning at the Pentacrest. (See parade route at ). Some downtown streets will be blocked off for a short time to accommodate the parade. The pep rally will begin shortly after the parade and will feature a performance by the Spirit Squad, an awards presentation for the Homecoming Scholarship winners, coronation of the 2007 King and Queen and appearances from Brandon Routh and Jim Keane. The free concert with Three Dog Night and Ben Kweller follows at approximately 8 p.m. on the Pentacrest.

-- Saturday, Sept. 29: Football game, Iowa vs. Indiana, 11:05 a.m., Kinnick Stadium

Homecoming 2007 sponsors include SCOPE Productions, Goodfellow Printing, Inc., University Book Store, The University of Iowa Alumni Association, Iowa Memorial Union, CAB (Campus Activities Board), Z102.9, University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame, Panchero's Mexican Grill, Iowa Hawk Shop, Coral Ridge Mall, Heartland Express, UITV, Riverside Hotel & Golf Resort, Coca-Cola, Liberty Bank, Apple Computers, Milio's, University Housing, 100.7 The FOX, Iowa City Fitness, Roberts, The University of Iowa Associated Residence Halls, 1600 ESPN Sports Radio, and Iowa City/Coralville Convention and Visitors Bureau.

For more information and the complete schedule of events, see the UI Homecoming website at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Kirsten Franzen, Homecoming Council, 319-335-3117,; Shelly Stout, Homecoming Council,; Brittany Korb, Homecoming Council,; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,