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Week-long UNI homecoming celebration, Oct. 5 - 11, culminates with weekend activities

September 30, 2003

Marge Rostyne, UNI Maucker Union student organizations and activities coordinator, (319) 273-6335
James O'Connor, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's homecoming celebration 'Paint the Town Purple,' begins Sunday, Oct. 5, and continues through Saturday, Oct. 11.

The event kicks off with window painting in the residence halls, Sunday, Oct. 5.

Student organizations will paint windows on College Hill Monday, Oct. 6, from noon to 5 p.m. The kick-off ceremony and Panther Pride competition will be at 6 p.m. on the corner of West 23rd and College Streets. Pep-bands, the UNI spirit squads and Panther Pride Cry competition will be featured.

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, a Red Cross blood drive will take place in Maucker Union, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Paintball competitions will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 8, on the fields west of the UNI-Dome. Teams of five may sign up in the Student Involvement and Activities Center. The cost is $5 per person and includes equipment and paintballs.

On Thursday, Oct. 9, the Panther Scramble obstacle course will begin at 4 p.m. outside the Redeker Center. A Homecoming dance party, sponsored by Thursdaze, will take place from 9 p.m. to midnight in Maucker Union.

Friday, Oct. 10, has been declared Purple and Gold Spirit Day, with students, faculty and staff encouraged to wear school colors. The day also includes an all-alumni reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the Commons and a Pep Rally, north of the Curris Business Building, at 8 p.m. The Pep Rally includes the Panther Pride Cry finals and fireworks. Beginning at 11:45 p.m., students will gather for campaniling -- the tradition of being kissed under the Campanile at midnight.

Events on Saturday, Oct. 11, begin with a 5-k cross-country run at 8 a.m., just west of the UNI-Dome, followed by the Homecoming Parade at 10 a.m.

The parade will start near Cedar Falls High School, West 12th and Division Streets, and end at West 23rd and Campus Streets, by Campbell Hall. An all-alumni tailgate will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the UNI-Dome South Plaza.

At 4:05 p.m., the UNI football team will take on Indiana State in the UNI-Dome and the UNI volleyball team will play Bradley at 7:30 p.m., in the West Gym.

Homecoming week concludes with the Panther Midnight Breakfast, a free breakfast bar for students, in the Maucker Union Coffeehouse.

Throughout the week, Penny Wars will take place outside Maucker Union and at all Homecoming events. Pennies placed in buckets around campus will help support the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundations. Homecoming buttons and T-shirts will be sold throughout the week in Maucker Union.

For more information regarding Homecoming activities, contact Margie Rostyne, UNI Maucker Union student organizations and activities coordinator, at (319) 273-6335.