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Alumni flock to campus for Homecoming weekend

Posted at 4:24 PM, Oct 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-28 21:34:57-04
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Thousands of alumni are flocking to the University of Arizona for Homecoming weekend.
 
Alumni get the opportunity to head down memory lane and share their experiences with current students following in their footsteps.
 
It's been years since David and Ellen Murphy have come back to where it all began.
 
In the late 1970's, the Murphy's met at the Newman Center on the UA campus. They have now been married for 38 years. 
 
Ellen Murphy says this is when "all those memories come back."
 
"It's great to see the continuing generations be so successful. We saw some great students being honored today and former students and it's wonderful that the university is carrying on that tradition," says David Murphy. 
 
Of course, like many alumni, they get into the spirit. 
 
But with that spirit comes a boom in revenue for bars and restaurants. 
 
Jody Raetzman has owned Frog and Firkin for 16 years.
 
"This weekend especially is really important to our business. Family run local business and weekends like this get us through the winter, the summer and it's just a great weekend for business," said Raetzman.
 
Raetzman says often times, people who come back are people who met at her bar and alumni who have a lot of memories.
 
"Homecoming is great because people come back from many years ago to just last year."