Thursday, August 30, 2001 Volume 67, Issue 1


Students play with ducks, win cash prizes

By Shazia Ashraf
Daily Cougar Staff

The weather outside may have been gloomy, but the hundreds of students who gathered around the University Center Arbor on
Wednesday afternoon were treated to a tropical paradise-themed party to kick off the first full week of school.

The event, called "2001 Beach Odyssey: Return of the Ducks," was sponsored by the UC and its tenants, as well as several UH
organizations. This was the event's second year.

"This was a collaborative effort by many organizations to welcome students and get them excited about coming back to school," said
Lauren Hampton of the UC's Office of Marketing.

Hampton describes the University Center as "an essential link" between students and information on campus organizations and

Other sponsoring organizations included Residential Life and Housing, the Wellness Center, Campus Activities, Woodforest
National Bank, and pop music radio station 104.1 KRBE-FM.

Emceeing the event was KRBE disc jockey Yo-J, a 1995 UH alumnus.

"When I was in school we didn't have everything that's at the UC now," he said.

"These types of spirit-oriented events pump up students and bring about an awareness on campus."

Students began registering a week ago to be a part of the event's main attraction, a game based on the hit CBS television series
Survivor. Six names were drawn to play.

Kevin Hawerth/The Daily Cougar

Participants in Wednesday's "2001 Beach Odyssey" scramble to find specially-marked rubber ducks at the University Center Arbor.

Contestants gathered in a portable swimming pool filled with 300 floating ducks. The object of the game was to find one of five
specially marked ducks. After each round, the player unable to find the marked duck was eliminated.

The "sole survivor" was Sulaiman Saleem, who won two airline tickets to anywhere in the continental United States, provided by
Council Travel in the UC.

Second-place winner Crystal Bott received a color television donated by the UH Bookstore.

Other prizes included a DVD player, two tickets to the next Astros game at Enron Field downtown, a boom box and QuickCam

The UC, the University's main student center, was constructed in 1969. Among its other amenities are the Millennium 2000 Food
Court, Coog's Café and Sports Bar, The Cougar Byte computer store, the UC Games Room, the UC Art Stop and Joanorr's hair

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