CMU Homecoming Brings Thousands to Campus

It’s homecoming weekend for Central Michigan University.

A fun time with thousands of people coming in from out of town — and law enforcement’s been on their toes to handle the crowds.

“It’s a busy day for police. Our primary objective is making sure we have a safe atmosphere for our athletes, our staff, our alumni, our students,” said Central Michigan University Police Lieutenant Larry Klaus.

It’s Homecoming — thousands of people are CMU’s campus this weekend.

With tailgating, the football game and a parade… There was celebrating all day.

Police were prepared with extra patrols.

“This afternoon we have 22 officers assigned to assist CMUPD. Michigan State Police, the Mount Pleasant City Police, Shepherd Police and the CMU police are here,” said Klaus.

It’s a day for students and alumni alike to meet up with friends and support their school.

“All my friends that came back, they’re staying with me in my apartment. And a lot of the girls in my cohort today decided we’re going to come here and meet up,” said Emily Sykes, a student at CMU.  

Others traveled up from downstate.

“Brought my buddy Justin L’Esperance up here,” said Derek Susalla. “We both attend P.A. school at Wayne State now, and I thought it’d be cool to show him around Central.”

“Yeah, I’ve never been,” L’Esperance said.

For police, the event’s calmer than welcome back weekend in the beginning of the school year.

But there’s one time in the day that’s particularly loud.

“The busiest time will be at about right before kickoff at 3 o’clock. We’ll have a large crowd here in our tailgate,” Klaus said.

Most fans seemed pretty confident in who’d win the game.

“Central of course. Fire up Chips!,” Sykes said.

“By a landslide,” CMU alum Zoogie Ogbebor said.