This issue, Multimedia Intern Kasey Eggert talks with senior business majors Kyle Anderson and Katie Pope on winning Homecoming King and Queen.
Kyle Anderson (KA): I feel very honored to have received the award, and it means a lot that people would show their support for me.
Katie Pope (KP): It feels good to know that the students at LMU voted for me.
2. Were you ever nominated for any title like this in high school?
KA: I actually won Homecoming King in high school.
KP: No. I went to an all-girls school, and we didn't have any of these competitions.
3. What made you interested in running?
KA: A combination of things, but more than anything else it was more of a reflection on all the things I've involved myself with and trying to represent those in a positive light.
KP: I'm in Pi Beta Phi, and they nominated me, so I just filled out the application.
4. What organization did you represent in the race?
KA: The two big ones were Sigma Phi Epsilon and Creare Service Organization.
KP: Pi Beta Phi.
5. What positive contributions to the campus made you a prime candidate for the title?
KA: One of the hardest challenges was starting and developing the Creare Service Organization. I took the position of president after the starting president transferred schools. Other contributions were just developing relationships with the surrounding community in terms of service and also helping organize philanthropies for my fraternity.
6. What was going through your head the minute before they announced the winner?
KP: I was nervous, but I knew that all the candidates were really well-deserving. It was cool to be part of such an involved and elite group of students.
7. In Michael Goldsholl's previous article "Fast times at Loyola Marymount High" in the Jan. 19 issue of the Loyolan, which discussed this event, he argued that the Homecoming King/Queen competition was more fit for high school. Do you agree with this?
KP: I think that the purpose of LMU's competition was to get people more excited about our school spirit in general. It definitely got a lot of hype, and it got more people to go to the game.
8. What makes LMU's Homecoming competition different from that of high school's competition?
KA: High school is more focused on being well-liked, whereas in college you obviously don't know everyone at the school and knowing that you don't know everyone at LMU, they really take a look at your involvements.
KP: It's hard for me to tell since I didn't have this competition at my high school, but I liked how when you voted, it said everything that the candidate was involved with rather than just knowing the name.
9. Some people say Homecoming King and Queen are meaningless titles. What do you think of this?
KA: Homecoming King is just an award, and there was no prize for it.
KP: Homecoming King and Queen is just a way to get school spirit, and it's just a title.
10. So what's next now that you have won this prestigious title?
KA: Moving forward, graduating, getting a good job and keeping focus with the Loyola [Marymount] Mission Statement as one of my guides.
KP: I guess just try to be involved and enjoy the last months until I graduate. I want to enjoy LMU for the time I have left.
11. How did you celebrate the win?
KA: I went out and deejayed at my fraternity's pref.