Tailgate prompts pre-game pride

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September 11, 2007

11:34 AM

Saturday, UCAB will present the Super Tribe Tailgate in the Sunken Garden from 3 to 7 p.m. The event, planned by UCAB, Tribe Athletics, Dining Services and Auxiliary Services, will be full of crowd-pleasers, including popular food vendors, a DJ, a performance by the band Ag Silver, a pep rally and games that are predicted to attract a large turnout in celebration of Saturday’s second home game of the season against Liberty University.

p. A convenient addition to the event is the use of Flex points for food and merchandise. “William and Mary Dining Services and Charlie Maimone from Auxiliary Services were instrumental in making the event happen,” Joe Lowder, assistant director of UCAB’s Student Activities Planning, said. “It was their idea to do this, and UCAB loved it. It is not an easy process to work out, but Charlie, Phil [DiBenedetto] and Larry [Smith] from Dining Services made it happen.”

p. Students may use their Flex points to receive coupons in $1 denominations called Tribe Bucks. “Vendors will accept these Tribe Bucks, turn them into Aramark at the end of the night, and will receive a subsequent check from Aramark,” Amy Dickstein ’08, UCAB special events chair, said.

p. A few popular vendors at the Tribe Tailgate will be Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs, Haagen Dazs, Food for Thought, the Campus Shop, Carmine’s Italian Market, K & K Concessions and Dining Services.

p. “The special events committee worked with the classes, pep band, cheerleaders and Tribal Dancers to come out and support the pep rally portion of the event,” Lowder said. There will also be a beer garden and free giveaways — including T-shirts and foam fingers — to lighten spirits and add to the jovialities.

p. According to Dickstein, “[UCAB] wanted an event that would bring the students and the Williamsburg community together. It’s a great way to bring the school together and show our Tribe Pride.”

p. UCAB anticipates a large student and community turnout. “The special events committee last year wanted to help inject some school spirit into football, and at the same time plan a fun event that complemented a football game,” Lowder said. “Hopefully, the students will enjoy themselves, hear some good music, have fun, enjoy good food and drink that they normally would not — all on their meal plan — and will come together to support the Tribe and really enjoy a fall football afternoon.”

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