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
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
"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
Other sponsoring organizations included
Residential Life and Housing, the Wellness Center, Campus Activities, Woodforest
National Bank, and pop music radio station
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
Survivor. Six names were drawn to play.
Kevin Hawerth/The Daily
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,
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
The UC, the University's main student center,
was constructed in 1969. Among its other amenities are the Millennium 2000
Court, Coog's Café and Sports Bar,
The Cougar Byte computer store, the UC Games Room, the UC Art Stop and