More than 1,200 alumni, students, parents and friends gathered on October 20 at the Baker Athletics Complex on West 218th Street for Homecoming 2012, which included a gourmet barbecue and carnival under the Big Tent, music and mingling. The Cleverest Band in the World got the group singing and Roar-ee made an appearance as well.
A special event this year was the dedication of The Campbell Sports Center, the new cornerstone of the revitalized Baker Athletics Complex. The center will foster Columbia spirit and transform the student-athlete experience by creating an attractive year-round hub for student-athletes, coaches, staff and administrators. The center honors, and is made possible by, one of Columbia’s most accomplished athletics alumni: captain of the 1961 Ivy League Champion football team, former Lions head football coach and chair of the University trustees, William V. Campbell CC ’62, TC ’64.
A boisterous crowd of 11,127 attended the game against Dartmouth’s the Big Green at Robert K. Kraft Field, which featured a 1:30 p.m. kickoff. The Lions lost 21–16, holding a fourth quarter lead for the second consecutive week, but could not hold on. At halftime, Columbians of all ages returned to the Big Tent to enjoy a dessert reception, which was sponsored for the second consecutive year by the Columbia Alumni Association.