Southeast Student Organizations Brighten up Broadway

Southeast students paint a window of a business along Broadway in downtown Cape Girardeau.

Southeast students paint a window of a business along Broadway in downtown Cape Girardeau.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Oct. 7, 2009 – Take one glance at the newly-decorated windows of businesses along Broadway in downtown Cape Girardeau, and passersby know it is Homecoming week at Southeast Missouri State University. 

Window-painting is a traditional Homecoming event that enables student organizations to showcase their Redhawks spirit to the city and encourages local businesses to get swept up in the celebration.  The decorated businesses line the path for the Homecoming parade at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 10.

Student organizations have been hard at work since Sunday painting the windows with board game figurines and Rowdy the Redhawk to follow this year’s Homecoming theme, “Get in the Game.”  They put a lot of time, effort and creativity into the window art to impress the city of Cape Girardeau and ultimately to win the competition. 

“We’ve had some long nights out here since Sunday.  We started each day by at least 1 p.m. and painted past 2 a.m.  It requires very tedious detail,” said student Samantha Schilb of Ballwin, Mo.  Jessica Winkle, a Southeast student from St. Louis, said even though the window painting entails a lot of work, she enjoys it because it promotes school spirit and allows for healthy competition among the Greek community.

“It’s a cool, unique project, and you meet a lot of people because you are paired with other organizations,” she said.

All artwork was to be completed by noon on Wednesday for the judging of the designs, and the results will be announced at the Homecoming football game at 1 p.m. on Oct. 10.