University Breaks For Diadeloso April 14

April 13, 2005

by Amanda Lewis, Student Newswriter

Baylor University will celebrate its 71st annual Diadeloso, the all university spring "play day," beginning at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 14, on the fields in front of the Baylor Sciences Building.

Various activities and live performances will be open to the Baylor community throughout the day. Hypnotist Terry Stokes Jr. will return again this year for an interactive show from 11:15 a.m. to noon, 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. and 2 to 2:45 p.m.

Other featured performers include the Baylor Spirit Squad and Yell Leaders, Heavenly Voices Gospel Choir, Baylor Swing Club and Baylor Latin Dance Society. The National Pan-Hellenic Council's Step Show will showcase step performances by sororities and fraternities from 2:45 to 4:15 p.m.

All cafeterias will be closed, but a Mexican meal will be served from noon until 2 p.m. in front of the McLane Student Life Center. The cost is $7 for adults, $3.50 for children. Students also may use a meal plan.

Diadeloso also serves as a time for student government elections. Candidates will address Baylor students during Chapel services at 10 and 11 a.m. Wednesday in Waco Hall.

Several student organizations will sponsor game booths, giant inflatables and other activities throughout the day. Students may also participate in several tournaments including tug-of-war, ultimate Frisbee, racquetball, tennis, volleyball, Baylor's Strongest Man competition and a 5k fun run. Student entry fees vary depending on the tournament.

Diadeloso originated in 1934 to give students a break from classes. The name of the tradition has changed through the years from "All University Day" to "Physical Fitness Day" to "May Day." In 1966, the student body voted to name the annual event "Diadeloso" or "The Day of the Bear."

For more information about Diadeloso 2005, call Baylor Chamber of Commerce at

(254) 710-3322 or visit www.baylor.edu/diadeloso .

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