“Let’s go Rams!” echoed through the Sid Richardson Center on Saturday as the stands rattled under the cheers of boisterous homecoming fans.  

The ninth-ranked Texas Wesleyan University men’s basketball team stomped Southwestern Christian University 97-78, avenging the 62-52 loss by the Lady Rams to Southwestern earlier that day and bringing a satisfying end to a spirited Homecoming 2016. 

“Any time you have a top 10 basketball team, it’s really exciting,” Wesleyan President Frederick Slabach said after announcing the homecoming king and queen victors in between the women’s and men’s games. “We’re very fortunate to have this kind of team for homecoming.” 

Homecoming Queen Victoria Johnson, a senior mass communication major, shared Slabach’s excitement. 

“This is surreal,” Johnson said, almost in tears. “I’m truly honored. It’s really great that the whole community turned out.” 

Homecoming King Hafidh “Fez” Alghussein, a senior business major, attributed his success to his girlfriend, Raquel Arrellano, who helped him campaign. 

“You know what they say, behind every great man is an even better woman,” Alghussein said. 

Love continued to reign during halftime of the men’s game, as Homecoming Queen nominee Deja Chase, a senior theatre major, said yes to proposal from her boyfriend Donald Ray Barnes. 

“He said that even though I didn’t win homecoming queen, I’d always be a queen to him,” Chase said. 

Director of Stella Russell Hall and former Homecoming King Jeremy Hunt led the Ram Squad, a group of students who help foster school spirit, in cheering on the Rams. 

“It makes me very happy to see how much school spirit has grown,” Hunt said. 

Thomas Baker, a freshman computer science major and member of the Ram Squad, thinks there’s no better feeling than cheering on a winning basketball team. 

“Win or lose I would be here,” Baker said, “but we’re not going to lose.”

Homecoming King "Fez" Alghussein with Homecoming Queen  Victoria Johnson after victory. Photo by Dalise DeVos.

Homecoming King Hafidh “Fez” Alghussein with Homecoming Queen Victoria Johnson after they were crowned. Photo by Dalise DeVos.

The Ram Squad cheers the Rams onto victory. Photo by Dalise DeVos.

The Ram Squad cheers the Rams onto victory. Photo by Dalise DeVos.

Homecoming Queen nominee Deja Chase with fiance Donald Ray Barnes after he proposed during halftime of the men's game. Photo by Dalise DeVos.

Homecoming Queen nominee Deja Chase with boyfriend Donald Ray Barnes after he proposed during halftime of the men’s game. Photo by Dalise DeVos.

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Dalise Devos

Dalise is a senior mass communication major. She graduated from Tarrant County College in May 2015 with an Associate of Arts degree and continued her education journey by joining Texas Wesleyan University in August 2015. She is most interested in the areas of public relations and advertising, and began practicing her communication and writing skills as a content producer for Rambler Media Group in Spring 2016.

She spent her summer working as a Marketing and Communications intern at the United Way of Tarrant County, before taking over as editor in chief of The Rambler the fall. She is spending her final semester at Wesleyan as IMG Director of Rambler Integrated Media Group in order to become more acquainted with the world of advertising. Her passion for communication intertwines with her love to entertain and bring the gift of laughter to those around her.

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