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Students and Alumni
field was a blaze with activity. A hula-hoop toss, belly sliding,
and mattress races were some of the favorite events that sparked
student and alumni participation.
wacky events were part of the Alumni Olympics, which took place
during Spring Fever Weekend in the late 1980s and early 1990s. This
quirky annual event created an opportunity for students to reminisce
with their alumni friends and gave alumni the chance to stay connected
with their alma mater. Who could imagine a bubble gum blowing contest
and a tug-of-war over a pit of Jell-O as successful ways to keep
students and alumni linked!
by the Lion Diplomats or Student Alumni Association, Olympic events
were played by teams consisting of six to 10 members of combinations
of current students, faculty and alumni. In the spring 1990 Diplomat
newsletter, Lion Diplomat Lynn Mattioli 91 said, "The
purpose of this event is to involve students and alumni in an afternoon
of zany sporting events."
were awarded to the top three most talented teams. The Lion Diplomats
also provided free t-shirts to all participating alumni. According
to Mattioli, the organizations goal was to improve the quality
of the momentous occasion each year, and to enhance the spirit of
the environment for all participants.
the 1987 Cue, students said that winning the events was least important.
Spending time with graduated friends was the most enjoyable aspect
of the Olympics.
Alumni Olympics took place for five years. However, in 1991, the
event was replaced by "Oozeball," a vigorous game of volleyball
played in a ditch of mud. No clothing is ever left clean after a
good game of Oozeball!
although the Alumni Olympics are long gone, the Lion Diplomats continue
to organize and assist all alumni functions, hoping to attract more
alumni attention each year.
Jennifer M. Hawriluk 01