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Homecoming Floats; A Family Affair

Student organizations at Indiana State design homecoming floats each year. But the three Brenneman brothers have made float building a family affair.
Student organizations at Indiana State put hours into creating their homecoming floats and to win the judges over. But to one ISU student, float building runs in the family.

Meet Brandon Brenneman. A sophomore and member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. His two older brothers, Aaron and Chris, were also members of PIKE at ISU. All of them have been a chairman of the float committee.

"I look up to them in every way and so I wanted to be able to take that chairmanship and continue it through the years," said Brenneman. "This is why I wanted to be a float chair for this year. With building the float I kind of feel like I've followed in their footsteps."

PIKE won the float competition in 2012 and with Brenneman as the chairman they expect to win again this year. He is feeling the heat from other student organizations and his own brothers.

"It's a lot of stress," said Brenneman. "I think that having them win the two years they were in. I feel obligated to have to win also but I feel pretty confident. They're kind of advising at the same time so they're up to date on what's going on. They point me in the right direction when I need it and a lot times they just give me my space and let me do what I want to do."

Members of PIKE have been working on their float for over a month. They put in over 350 hours and over $1,000. But Wednesday night, vandals destroyed parts of the float. Then, Thursday morning they came together to restore the float to it's parade-ready state. From now until the moment of the parade members of PIKE will have a 24-hour watch on their creation, so come Saturday morning all of Terre Haute can see their hard work.

"I'm looking forward to sunshine because I know the weather is not supposed to be too good this weekend and how much it reflects going down the street because we've had it sitting here at the house for a month now and we really haven't ben able to go down the street and that's what I'm really excited," said Brennam.

The homecoming parade begins at 9 Saturday morning beginning at 9th and Spruce Street and going down Wabash Avenue.
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