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Volume 91, Issue 20
Wednesday, October 1, 1997
Music from the Mustang Marching Band filled the University Community Centre atrium yesterday as Western's official homecoming kick-off began.
Homecoming commissioner Heather Armstrong started the event with a rousing introduction, ending with a shower of purple and white streamers thrown from the balcony. "I hope the week's events will colour Western with purple pride," she said.
Unfortunately, President Paul Davenport arrived late and was not able to speak as scheduled. However, he later said he is very excited for the up-coming events.
All proceeds from the events held this week will be donated to The United Way, which hopes to reach a goal of $20,000 this year. "The Western community is one of the largest contributors to The United Way," Davenport said.
Tonight at 7:30 p.m. the King and Queen contest will take place at The Spoke. Representatives from each of Western's residences will be competing for prizes.
The United Way carnival gets under way tomorrow in the University Community Centre atrium from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m..
Due to rainy weather, the carnival will be held inside, but there will still be a lot of fun and games, said Meghan Symsyk, University Students' Council VP-student affairs.
Individual faculties, affiliates and student groups will be competing against each other in a friendly fashion, she said. There will also be carnival foods and non-traditional carnival games such as the Wheel of Fortune.
Homecoming staff will be selling cotton candy and the alcohol awareness committee will be running fun "drinking responsible" games. The United Way will be taking donations and all proceeds from the carnival will go to the charity.
After being rained out yesterday, the AIDS Awareness hopscotch competition is set to jump into action today.
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Concrete Beach with a $1 charge which will go to the AIDS Committee of London. Ten universities from across Ontario will compete against each other and all students are invited to come out and prove Western can jump the highest.
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