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Students plan activities for Cougar Pride Days

Pullman – In addition to Washington State University students volunteering with Cougar Pride Days spring cleaning and sprucing-up efforts, the March 28-April 6 event will feature a variety of student activities, sponsored by the Associated Students of WSU.

According to Zach Wurtz, Cougar Pride Days planning committee member and ASWSU president, activities will include free food and cake, beautification projects, music, a scavenger hunt and a food and clothes drive, among other events.

“Students take pride in their university and enjoy working with faculty, staff, employees and others on making our campus look great,” said Wurtz. “These additional activities help promote the total effort.”

Opening and closing ceremonies for Cougar Pride Days will be held March 28 at Pine Street Mall in downtown Pullman and April 6 on Terrell Mall. Both events, which begin at 12:30 p.m., are open to the public.

Pullman Civic Trust, represented by Sharaé Randall on the planning committee, encourages citizen support of Cougar Pride Days by walking along the Downtown Pullman Riverwalk to the Grand Avenue/Missouri Flat Creek Trail. “Volunteer clean-up days and tree plantings launched many of Pullman’s greatest projects including the downtown Riverwalk and the trail along Missouri Flat Creek,” said Randall.

ASWSU-sponsored events will take place from noon-1 p.m. on Terrell Mall, unless otherwise noted:

March 21 – Members of the WSU Marketing Club will sign-up students to take part in activities.

March 28 – Free birthday cake. Celebrate the day WSU was founded in 1890.

March 29 – Clothing and food drive kickoff. Gently used clothing and non-perishable food items will be collected and donated to the Community Action Center, Pullman.

March 30 – Free hot dogs, veggie dogs, soda and other lunch items.

March 31 – Project Day. Groups will work on beautification projects. All day at various locations.

April 1– A Battle of the Bands. Student bands will compete. 6-11 p.m., Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum.

April 2 – Wear Your Crimson Day. Show Cougar pride. All day on campus.

April 3 – Greek Sweep. Fraternities and sororities will do a “blitz cleanup” of Greek Row and College Hill. All day at various locations.

April 4 -Scavenger Hunt. Search for and decipher clues for a chance to win free tuition, a semester of free books, a new iPod, and more than 100 other prizes. All day at various locations.

April 5 – “Points of Pride” competition with prizes for the most creative way and location of “Go Cougs” signage. All day at various locations.

April 6 – Festival on Terrell Mall.

Sponsored by WSU and the City of Pullman, Cougar Pride Days takes place on campus and in the city. In addition, WSU campuses in Spokane, the Tri-Cities and Vancouver have their own Cougar Pride Days activities.

For information about ASWSU-sponsored student activities during Cougar Pride Days, contact the ASWSU office, (509) 335-9676. For Cougar Pride Days general information, contact Merlene Greenway with the city of Pullman at (509) 338-3228 or visit www.wsu.edu/cougar-pride-days.

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