Light Blue Pride at Homecoming,
sunshine that turned a mid-October afternoon into a last gasp of
summer, Columbians of all ages demonstrated their Light Blue Pride
as they gathered for Homecoming '99 at Baker Field. Unfortunately,
the football team couldn't replicate last year's rousing shutout of
Harvard, fading in the second half and bowing to Penn 41-17. The
loss, before a crowd of 7,702 at Wien Stadium on October 16,
snapped a string of five consecutive Homecoming victories for the
students, parents and friends of Columbia enjoyed the festive
atmosphere of the balloon-bedecked hospitality tent, including
visits from the marching band, the cheerleaders and the Lion.
Columbia College Young Alumni even had a stand with cotton candy
for the kids (of all ages).
mood carried over into the football stadium as the Lions struck
first, grabbing a 7-0 lead on a 72-yard screen pass play from Mike
Glynn '00 to Johnathan Reese '02. The Lions remained competitive
throughout the first half and went into intermission trailing just
21-17, but Penn dominated from the start of the second half and
pulled away to win easily.