Baylor Celebrates Annual Diadeloso April 13

April 5, 2000

Baylor University will celebrate its 65th annual Diadeloso by kicking off festivities at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 13, on the Intramural fields.

With the Drayton McLane Student Life Center now complete, the activities have returned to their previous location, just in front of where the center now stands. The theme of this year's "Day of the Bear" is "The Great American Diadeloso."

This year's entertainment will include musical acts from Riverside Blues, Pending and University Baptist Church pastor, David Crowder, and his band, Proudest Monkey.

Hypnotist Terry Stokes Jr. will be on stage to amaze Baylor students for the sixth straight year. The National Panhellenic Council Stomp Show, the Baylor Jump Roping team and illusionist and student Grant Walsh will all perform several shows throughout the day.

The noon meal will be served on the grounds. Student meal plans may be used or $6.50 meal tickets may be purchased on-site. Tournaments scheduled throughout the day will include three-on-three basketball, Taboo, tennis, golf, tug-of-war, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, wall climbing and a 5K run. Prices to participate vary with each tournament. Student organizations also will sponsor booths which will be set up around the area.

"A Night at the Ballpark" will replace the annual Block Party this year, taking place at 8 p.m. Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the free showing of "Field of Dreams" at Ferrell Field.

Diadeloso originated in 1934 to give students a break from classes. Baylor Chamber of Commerce began organizing the spring holiday in 1935 and it quickly became an annual event. The name of the occasion has changed through the years from "All University Day" to "Physical Fitness Day" to "May Day." Finally, in 1966, the "Diadeloso" or "The Day of the Bear" was cemented.

For more information about Diadeloso, contact the Chamber at 710-3322 or visit the Diadeloso web site at http://www.baylor.edu/~Diadeloso .

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