Monday, March 26, 2001 Volume 66, Issue 118


 
 









 

Students prepare for Fiesta

By Dave Cohen
Daily Cougar Staff

Preparations are being finalized for this year's Frontier Fiesta as the date for the beginning of the festival nears.

Frontier Fiesta, which begins Thursday and will run through Saturday, has undergone major changes. Most noticeably, the location has changed from the field across from the Catholic Newman Center on Calhoun to the Robertson Stadium tailgate party area.

The Frontier Fiesta Association has gone to great lengths to make the event more inclusive to the diverse student population, attempting to increase appeal to the greater Houston community, said Frontier Fiesta Chair Mark Ciolli.


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Members from Sigma Chi put together one of the many fronts which will be used during Frontier Fiesta. The event kicks off with a concert Thursday and will run through Saturday.

"All students who don't usually get involved in school functions need to come out and see this year's Frontier Fiesta," said Ciolli, a senior engineering major. "The festival greatly benefits our community and it's put on for you."

The festival will feature Broadway-style variety shows performed by different campus organizations, carnival booths, a barbecue cook-off and live concerts.

New additions to the festival include the tent of the Council of Ethnic Organizations, a carnival booth from Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed fraternity organization, and sponsorship from the radio station 106.5-FM KQQK.

"We expect the crowd turnout to be a lot larger this year," Director of Development Brant Wallace said. "We have a few new things that students will be drawn to. I predict we will receive a higher alumni turnout because this is the 10-year anniversary of the Frontier Fiesta resurrection."

The first concert on Thursday at the Budweiser stage will feature a night performance by Sister Morales and Grammy Award nominee Jamie y Los Chamacos. The concert kicks off at 9:30 p.m. Cory Morrow and Mark Winston Kirk will play Friday, while The Guzzlers and The Hayden Sayers will close out this year's festival on Saturday. The Friday and Saturday performances will begin at 10 p.m.

The Shady Barker stage will play host to talents such as Writers in the Round, Women in the Round, Bill Haymes, Carolyn Hester, Lynn Langham and Bobby Bridger from noon to 4 p.m.

" We're offering a more diverse blend of music (this year)," Ciolli said. "We want this to be a school-wide event."

Saturday afternoon will be dedicated to Little Wrangler Day. Children can participate in face painting, play with the animals in the petting zoo and see the Historical Shooters, a group of target shooters who will perform at the event.

"This year, Little Wrangler Day will be included with the rest of Frontier Fiesta," Ciolli said. "This should give Frontier Fiesta a true festival feel."

Frontier Fiesta gates will open at 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, the festival will start at noon and end at 1 a.m.
 

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