The University of Richmond crowned the 2017 Homecoming Queen and King last weekend on the field at the Homecoming football game. Here's what you need to know about the university's new royalty. 

Homecoming Queen: Lauren Ramos


Hometown: Midlothian, Virginia

Age: 21

Q: What organization nominated you?

Delta Delta Delta

Q: How does it feel to be Queen? Was it a surprise?

Yeah, it was a surprise for sure! When I got the email that I was nominated, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh! I can’t believe it’s me!’ Everyone changed their cover photos to my face when I was nominated and it was really flattering. To get to go on the court was amazing. It could've gone to anybody, given that there were representatives from all different organizations across campus, so I’ve never been more honored. My dad went to Richmond so he was here to see it, and it was really special to share that with my family.

Q: What did you do after you were crowned?

Ben and I got on the golf cart with the Crutchers and did a victory lap and waved to everybody in the crowd. My friends were waiting for me at the exit and took pictures of me and we hung out. Then I watched the rest of the game with my dad.

Q: What is your major?

Business administration with a concentration in marketing.

Q: Last movie you watched?

"The Sex and the City" movie. I aspire to be Carrie Bradshaw.

Q: Are you scared of spiders?

Yes. There was one in my shower the other day and one of my roommates had to get it out for me.

Q: Favorite meal in dhall?

Hmm, I haven’t been to Dhall in a while. But probably the egg line.

Q: What organizations are you involved in on campus?

I was the Orientation Chair for Westhampton College and I’m on the National Selling Team for BSchool which is a lot of fun. And Tri Delt of course.

Q: Are you superstitious?

Kinda. I definitely believe in “11:11 make a wish.”

Q: Can you impersonate anyone famous?

I wish. My friends are gonna laugh at that. I’m really bad at impersonating anybody. I’m very much myself.

Q: Best concert you’ve ever been to?

Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett, and Florida Georgia Line. ALL IN ONE.

Q: What would be the title of your autobiography?

I have definitely made jokes about this recently. Maybe "Sorry I Missed Your Call, I Was at Pure Barre."

Q: Describe Ben.

He’s really well-respected, well-liked, very fun to be around. Always has a smile.

Q: Piece of advice to freshmen?

I have a lot of advice to freshmen. Enjoy it. Let yourself be young and let yourself not know what you're doing. And trust that it will all work out.


Homecoming King: Benjamin Cook


Hometown: Macedon, New York

Age: 21

Q: What organization nominated you?

Alpha Kappa Psi, the business fraternity.

Q: How does it feel to be King/Queen? Was it a surprise?

It feels cool. It was definitely a surprise. I wasn’t expecting to be in the final round, let alone winning, just because AKPsi isn’t a social frat, which usually seem to win. It’s an attestation of myself trying to be friendly with everyone. I strive to be nice to everyone I talk to.

Q: What did you do after you were crowned?

First I took a ride with the Crutchers around the field. I lodged afterward.

Q: What is your major?

Business administration with concentration in economics and marketing.

Q: Last movie you watched?

Hmm, I haven’t watched a movie in awhile, but I guess the last movie I saw in theaters was "La La Land." I liked it.

Q: Are you scared of spiders?

I was before coming to Richmond and now I am not.

Q: Favorite meal in dhall?

Pizza. I eat it almost every day.

Q: What organizations are you involved in on campus?

I was an Orientation Advisor, I am a part of the American Marketing Association, I was on Spiderboard as a freshman, I’m a member of AKPsi as well as a member of the Robins School of Business student government.

Q: Are you superstitious?

Yes.

Q: Can you impersonate anyone famous?

No.

Q: Best concert you’ve ever been to?

Either Coldplay or Taylor Swift.

Q: What would be the title of your autobiography?

"A Look Into the Ben Cook Perspective."

Q: Describe Lauren:

Friendly, intelligent, charming, graceful.

Q: Piece of advice to freshmen?

The best thing you can do is get involved and stay involved. But also just follow your gut and your passion. It’s hard to do, but looking back, I wish I had stuck with my passion the whole time. Try to be open to all people as well.

Contact lifestyle writer Libby Walsh at elizabeth.walsh@richmond.edu.

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