SJSU Homecoming Goes Viral

SJSU Homecoming Goes Viral

Homecoming king and queen Daniel Harris-Lucas and Diana Busaka were selected based on their achievements and contributions to the campus community (Brandon Chew photo).

By the Associated Students of San Jose State University

San Jose, Calif. – San Jose State made national headlines last weekend for crowning the first African-American homecoming king and queen. However, Associated Students, the host behind the tradition, is not surprised by the selection.

Just one week prior to Homecoming, Dr. Harry Edwards — advocate for human and civil rights — spoke at the SJSU Legacy Week rally, and quoted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech, highlighting the importance of judging people based on the content of their character, and not the color of their skin.

Daniel Harris-Lucas and Diana Busaka were selected because of their relentless work ethic, academic success and devotion to helping students and community. They serve as role-models to SJSU students of all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.

Merit-based honor

NBC Bay Area, The Huffington Post and other major news outlets picked up story, but left out that homecoming king and queen is more than a crown, title, or contest that you win based off of popularity or race.

“We started seeking applications in September,” said Brea Watts, assistant marketing coordinator at A.S. “Our marketing department, with help from the Dwight Bentel & Hall student-run public relations/advertising agency on campus, used special props and social media to increase awareness about homecoming, and encourage students to apply to be recognized for their achievements.

Candidates go through a rigorous selection process of applications and interviews, and win their title based on merit. The SJSU community and national news outlets across the nation should focus on the contributions that Harris and Busaka have made, just as they did with Latino, Asian, and other diverse groups that have won in the past.”

Although Harris, a 22-year-old public relations major from Oakland, California ran because of lack of African-American male representation on the court previous years, his ultimate goal was to prove “that all the struggling and adversity that I had gone through did not determine my life.”

Busaka, on the other hand was encouraged to apply through the support of her close friends, and felt a need to step out of her comfort zone.  While completing the application, she became aware of how dedicated she has been to students and the campus community.

Dedication to the campus community

“I was truly amazed and proud to see the long list of accomplishments I have made at SJSU,” she said.

Their skin color was a milestone for the diverse population at San Jose State, but their resumes, achievements, cover letters, and charisma are the real heroes at work.

“The media may have been surprised, but A.S. is committed to supporting students of all racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds,” Watts said. “We are excited our students received mass media attention, and hope that this inspires fellow Spartans.”




The Huffington Post: San Jose State University Crowns First Black Homecoming King And Queen

Posted by The Huffington Post Oct. 30, 2013.

By Lydia O’Connor

California’s oldest university just named its first black homecoming king and queen.

Seniors Daniel Harris-Lucas and Diana Busaka were crowned Thursday night at San Jose State University, beating out 22 other applicants who all submitted a nomination, two letters of recommendation, a personal statement, a resumé and newsclips about them.

“It’s a great accomplishment,” Harris-Lucas told NBC Bay Area. “But it’s probably overdue. I’m glad to be part of history. But this probably should have happened years ago.”

A Homecoming to Remember

From the Cookie Kickoff to the final seconds of the game, Homecoming 2013 was outstanding.

The festivities began Monday morning with free gold and blue cookies for everyone. The middle of the week brought circus performers, the Campus MovieFest grand finale and Fire on the Fountain, where the Homecoming king and queen were named.

Seniors Daniel Harris-Lucas and Diana Busaka were selected based on their achievements. But the honor took on special significance this year, believed to be the first time in SJSU history that the king and queen are both African American.

On Friday, San Jose State took over San Pedro Square. The revelry continued Saturday, when Golden Grads from the Classes of 1962, 1963 and 1964 joined current students at tailgate parties before the game.

More than 16,120 fans packed Spartan Stadium. Spartans delivered a nail biter, beating Wyoming in the last few seconds of the game. Fireworks filled the night sky, but the celebration did not end there.

Spartans awoke Monday to learn quarterback David Fales, who threw for a career-high 482 yards and five touchdowns, had been named National Performer of the Week. The former Wyoming walk-on was quick to deflect the attention.

“We’ve got a lot of guys making plays,” he told the San Jose Mercury News.

The excitement continues Saturday, when Spartan Football travels to UNLV, followed by the men’s basketball season opener 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at the SJSU Event Center.

Have you seen the new floor? This is Sparta!

SJSU Basketball Court

This is Sparta! (SB Nation Photo)



Showcasing Student Talent

Showcasing Student Talent

Showcasing Student Talent

At the 2012 Humanities and the Arts showcase, a student demonstrates the technique behind the “Better Than Blue” portrait series covering one wall of the Student Union construction site (Vivi Yang photo).

When Lisa Vollendorf first visited San Jose State, she was blown away by the caliber of student work. At the time, she was interviewing for dean of the College of Humanities and the Arts. When she got the job, she challenged her new colleagues to collaboratively promote their talented students.

Now in its second year, the Humanities and Arts Day Student Showcase 1-4 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Student Union’s Barrett Ballroom has matured into a must-see program featuring musical performances, poetry readings, theatrical shorts and booths offering information on many of the college’s programs.

The event coincides with Homecoming Week. Alumni are invited to experience the showcase’s many innovative offerings. Highlights include:

View the Humanities and Arts Day Student Showcase program.

SJSU Tweets of the Week, 10/19

By Ryan Whitchurch, Public Affairs Assistant

San Jose State quarterback Matt Faulkner being interviewed by ESPN after a victory during the homecoming football game.

Great twitpic taken by @RoyGeorgeChen of SJSU QB Matt Faulkner's post game interview with ESPN.

SJSU Tweets of The Week
We’ve put together the tweets of the week for Spartans to see the exciting, funny, interesting, and spontaneous conversations on Twitter about SJSU. Take a look at what’s happening on campus by exploring the tweets below!

Happening Around #SJSU (Events, Services and More)

@davidsabolcik: Catch #SJSU #Spartans MBB intrasquad this Saturday at 12:30 in the Events

@getinvolvedSJSU Register for the SJSU Day of Service – Nov 4. Step up and get involved!

@sal_sjsu: Did you know that SJSU has over 200 student organizations that you can join!
Check out the list here:

@SJSU: Self Defense Class @SJSU Empowers Women

@SJSUAthletics Come to “Volleyball vs Utah State” Wednesday, October 19 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Chatter, Photos and More:

@melleejayne: And officially two more months until I graduate out of @SJSU!

@Aldomatik: The #squirrels here at #SJSU are #fearless!

@MelSantos3: #SJSU Alum networking at #PressClub SF last night. Early-stage, but has  potential. Keep ’em coming.

@AlyssaNoDuh: Library day/night. @SJSU from the 8th floor.

@SoonerCubby: Wow. They storm the field at San Jose State. #SJSU #Hawaii

@OhhLynette: Officially applied to San Jose state(:

Spartan Pride:

@nicholeparker: Proud #SJSU alum #sjsuhomecoming #GoSpartans

@ivancng: Solid interview w/ another @SJSU_DELTASIG pledge, Alejandro Sanchez. A
@SJSU freshman w/ big ambitions, has the drive to accomplish them.

@AFinnie: Hey @SJSU! Did u know that my niece was the 3rd female in your band to solo at a
halftime show? She rocked it!

@Trav6official: #SJSU on the rise!!

@HOD_XO: #SJSU i love it here.. I love my team.. We out to prove those big wig dudes wrong
and accomplish the goal we set out for ourselves as a TEAM


@ASsjsu: Want to get involved? Current Opening for Dir. of Student Fee Affairs NOW OPEN… @getinvolvedSJSU #SJSU

@SJSU: Making @calstate history –> #SJSU and @fresnostate Launch Nursing PhD Program…

@BMHSKnights: UPDATE: Chandler Jones ’09 Leads San Jose State to Win Over Hawaii


@GolfweekWildMan: Hey @UCF_Golf, @KSUAthletics, @SJSU, @GoDucksdotcom, and
@BaylorAthletics keep up the good work-

@SpearsNBAYahoo: Big win for @SJSU football on national TV over Hawaii. Chandler Jones a
beast! @SJSUAthletics.

@SanJoseDaily: Local sports digest: San Jose State scores back-to-back road wins in men’s soccer

@InsideSparta: Hawai’i upset paying dividends for Spartans – #sjsu #sanjosestate #spartans

@SJSUalumni Congratulations! RT @WACSports SJSU’s Chandler Jones and Travis Johnson named 2 of 3 WAC Players of the

Home Coming Week Wrap-Up:

@RoyGeorgeChen: And here’s the winning QB, Matt Faulkner being interviewed by @ESPN.
#sjsufootball #sjsuhomecoming #supermanpose

@MsElhawarian: homecoming tailgate= best tailgate i EVER been too . #SJSU

@DamonBruce: Congrats to all #SJSU alumni for on their huge Homecoming win! @SJSU

@Joey_Lopez11: Friday night lights #SJSU #homecoming

@louiev725: Way to go @SJSU Spartans! Whew, way to keep us on the edge of our seat!

@soniasingh10: What a great way to end #sjsuhomecoming with a win :))

@Marco_Henry: Hope everyone at @SJSU is having a good Homecoming. Last years was 1 of
highlights of my year. Go Spartans!

You can follow SJSU on Twitter for more updates at or search for @SJSU.

Note: The opinions and and views in these posts are those of the independent Twitter users and not of San Jose State University.

SJSU Tweets of the Week, 10/12

By Ryan Whitchurch, Public Affairs Assistant

Riders on bikes with helmets in front of the Event Center.

Twitter user @iMiNUSD tweeted out this photo of fixed gear bike riders meeting in front of the SJSU Event Center for a ride.

SJSU Tweets of The Week
We’ve put together the tweets of the week for Spartans to see the exciting, funny, interesting, and spontaneous conversations on Twitter about SJSU. Take a look at what’s happening on campus by exploring the tweets below!

Homecoming Week:

@MariahGOOD: #SJSU Homecoming week (:

@carebearrrxo Homecoming pep rally on thurs at @SJSU. Cant wait 🙂

@ASsjsu: Happy Homecoming Week #SJSU! Look out for free giveaways & other events throughout the week! FOF is this Thursday!

@SJSUAthletics SJSU’s Midnight Madness is going down this Friday night after the football the video on for more details.

@ODeezyFbaby: So that’s why its going down in SJ this weekend! RT @MariahGOOD @AveryLaMont #SJSU Homecoming week (:

@SpartanDaily SJSU rolls out the red carpet for Campus MovieFest at Morris Dailey Auditorium.

@SJSUalumni Students and alumni walking the red carpet in front of Tower Hall for the Campus MovieFest Grand Finale

Happening Around #SJSU (Events, Services and More):
@getinvolvedSJSU Register for the SJSU Day of Service – Nov 4. Step up and get involved!

@brendiitaaa: @SJSU tell us how you feel about smoking on campus!! Share with your orgs,
we need support! 🙂… #coughsjsu

@SJSU: Event for our classical music lovers on 10/17–>#SJSU Celebrates 200th Birthday of Composer Franz Liszt

@SpearsNBAYahoo: Looks like charity hoops could be coming to San Jose on Oct. 29 with @warriors vs ’07 we believe @warriors at @SJSU. @StephenCurry30 prob in

Chatter, Photos and More:
@lovegoodbyes: Just won tickets to see the Islamic Science Rediscovered exhibit at the tech museum! Thanks #SpartanDaily @SpartanDaily @SJSU #SJSU

@sal_sjsu: #sjsu New students on a campus tour!

@RoyGeorgeChen: #peanuts #sjsu @ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library

@lovegoodbyes: Free food? Thanks #StudentUnion ! #SJSU @SJSU

@SJSU_DELTASIG: Brother @JL_TheSinger is featured in the new @SJSU commercial that recently aired on @ESPN… #sjsu #Deltasig

@jmillspeaks: Squirrel!!!! Lmao! I could watch them all day! #sjsu

@cmedders: Someone practicing bagpipes as I walk across campus…kinda awesome… #sjsu

@SJSUdancer21: There are free hug people all over @SJSU #myschoolissuchawinner

@iMiNUSD: Old school SJF is out @ San Jose State University

Spartan Pride:
@javeeperez: I feel appreciated. Thanks @SJSU! 😀

@kimmilyn: Excited to be co-presenting the Best Picture Award tonight at Campus Movie Fest! #SJSU

@JakeHatchKSL: 2 of my HS friends play for #SJSU. Best of luck to my Tuitupou brothers! Check out this story on them-…

@HOD_XO: Midnight madness coming up FRIDAY.. Everybody come support the team. #SJSU

@KTVU: Police identify victims in shooting near San Jose State:

@mercnews: 2 former San Jose State University students identified as homicide victims. More details shortly

@mercnews: San Jose State tight end Ryan Otten plenty fast enough to burn opposing defenses

@The_Odds_Father: Brandon Rutley (RB for San Jose State) is Upgraded to probable. Injury type: Ankle. Duration: 0 game(s).

@SanJoseDaily: San Jose State may start freshman Tyler Ervin at tailback against Hawaii

@sportspickswiz: Hawaii Warriors @ San Jose State Spartans ESPN TV WAC Conference Odds Lines Point Spread Preview

@ASsjsu: Did you knw that all #SJSU students have 1 free guest admission to a Spartans home football game!? Bring a friend!

@SJSUalumni And don’t forget, there are special ticket prices for all SJSU alumni for the homecoming game!

@ali88raj: Enjoy Hawaii Warriors vs San Jose State Spartans live streaming online NCAA…

@SanJoseDaily: San Jose State football: Grading the Week

@topsportsbook: NCAA FB Preview: San Jose State and Hawaii Clash on Friday Night College Football 10/14/11 9…

You can follow SJSU on Twitter for more updates at or search for @SJSU.

Note: The opinions and and views in these posts are those of the independent student bloggers and not of San Jose State University.