Baylor Breaks for 76th Annual Diadeloso Featuring All-Day Music Events

April 19, 2010

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This year, Baylor University students, faculty and staff will take a break from the spring semester to celebrate "DiaNOW: Noise of Waco," the 76th annual Diadeloso music festival, on Thursday, April 22, at Fountain Mall on the Baylor campus.

Diadeloso is one of Baylor's most beloved traditions that began in the spring of 1934, so students could have a break from classes and enjoy a "play day" with their classmates. The name of the event has changed through the years from "All University Day" to "Physical Fitness Day" to "May Day." In 1966, the student body voted to officially name the event "Diadeloso" or "The Day of the Bear."

Students may participate in a number of tournament games throughout the day, including tug of war, sand volleyball, co-ed Ultimate Frisbee, 3 v. 3 basketball, 5k Fun Run, Ping Pong, dodgeball, racquetball, tennis and the Diadeloso strongest man competition.

The Dia Dog Show will take place at 11:40 a.m., and will feature students and their canine friends competing for titles of Best Dressed, Best Trick and Peoples' Choice.

"Noise of Waco" will feature artists from the Uproar Records label, as well as national and regional acts. The schedule of events is as follows:

• 10:30 - 10:40 - Presenting of the Flags - AFROTC

• 10:45 - 11:00 - Colorguard

• 11:00 - 11:15- Swing Dance Society

• 11:15 - 11:30 - Latin Dance Society

• 11:40 - 12:00 - Diadeloso Dog Show

• 12:00 - 1:00 - Step Show

• 1:15 - 1:45 - Garrett Muston

• 2:00 - 2:30 - Brian Beaver

• 2:45 - 3:15 - High Valley

• 3:30 - 4:00 - Drew Greenway

• 4:15 - 4:45 - David Dulcie

• 5:00 - 5:30 - Michelle Piland

• 5:45 - 6:15 - Zoo Studio

• 6:30 - 7:15 - Shapes Stars Make

• 7:30 - 8:15 - SPEAK

• 8:45 - 9:30 - The Steps

• 10:00 - 11:30 - Colbie Caillat

A picnic lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fountain Mall. The meal will consist of sausage, brisket, chopped BBQ, potato salad, corn, baked beans, Dr Pepper products and Blue Bell ice cream for dessert. Card readers will be available for those students with meal plans or lunch may be purchased.

This year's Diadeloso apparel comes in v-necks as well as traditional t-shirts. The v-necks are $15 and the crew neck shirts are $10. Diadeloso t-shirts may be purchased at the event at the Bill Daniel Student Center, Clifton Robinson Tower, and Memorial, Penland and Collins residence hall cafeterias.

For more information about this year's Diadeloso festivities, contact the Baylor Chamber of Commerce at (254) 710-3322 or visit http://www.baylor.edu/diadeloso.

by Lillyan Baker, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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