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Thursday, November 5, 1998
Houston, Texas
Volume 64, Issue 53


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Campus Spotlight

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Kickoff, carnival begin Homecoming festivities

By Raul A. Vasquez
Daily Cougar Staff 

Homecoming Week officially began Wednesday with the annual Kickoff at the University Center, where students showed spirit for the Cougars and the Homecoming Court was announced.

Several University dignitaries were on hand for the pep rally, including Vice Chancellor/Vice President of Student Affairs. Elwyn Lee, Dean of Students. William Munson, Athletics Director Chet Gladchuk and head football coach Kim Helton.

"I think the thing that impressed me the most about the Kickoff is the organizations that came out," said Homecoming Executive Chairwoman Judy Johnson. She said about 15 groups came out to participate in chants and cheers.

Freshman business major Lynda Vu and freshman biology major Hai Boan face off in the jousting activity at Wednesday's Homecoming Carnival. The first-ever carnival drew at least 500 participants.

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Munson announced the Homecoming Court along with their sponsor organizations as follows:

King candidates: Robert Anderson, Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association; Mark Ciolli, Chi Omega; Matthew Herell, Phi Kappa Theta; Christopher Hough, Phi Mu; and Matthew Steele, Student Foundation.

Queen candidates: Stephanie Coker, Phi Mu; Kathryn Engleman, Delta Zeta; Stacy Hilliard, Zeta Tau Alpha; Katherine Kalenda, Residence Halls Association; and Tamara Muffat, Student Foundation.

Also Wednesday, the first-ever Homecoming Carnival on the UC Front Lawn, featuring games and activities, such as joust fighting, pseudo-sumo wrestling and wax hand molds.

Organizers estimate at least 500 people stopped by the carnival, which was scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"We still had people at 3:30 out there and those guys (event operators) were supposed to leave at 3. We hope that (the carnival) sticks for next year," Johnson said.

Adriana Holguin, a sophomore hotel and restaurant management major, was one of many students enjoying the carnival.

"This is a very good idea of having UH bringing things like this to have something to do between classes. People actually stop to take part in this. It spreads school spirit," Holguin said.

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