Baylor Breaks for 77th Annual Diadeloso, "Deep in the Heart of Dia"

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    On April 14, Baylor University students, faculty and staff will take a break from the spring semester to celebrate Diadeloso, or "The Day of the Bear."
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    On April 14, Baylor University students, faculty and staff will take a break from the spring semester to celebrate Diadeloso, or "The Day of the Bear."
April 8, 2011

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This year, Baylor University students, faculty and staff will take a break from the spring semester to celebrate "Deep in the Heart of Dia," the 77th annual Diadeloso music festival, on Thursday, April 14, 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 on 3 basketball, 5k Fun Run, Ping Pong, dodgeball, racquetball, tennis and the Diadeloso strongest man competition.

The Dia Dog Show will be at 11:30 a.m. and will feature students and their canine friends competing for titles of Best Dressed, Best Trick and People's Choice. The fee is $5 per dog per event.

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

• 8:45 - 9:10 a.m. - Presentation of the Colors

• 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. - Zumba World Record

• 10:20 - 11 a.m. - Kids' Hour (North Stage)

• 11:30 - 11:45 a.m. - Diadeloso Dog Show

• Noon - 1 p.m. - Step Show

• 1:00 - 1:30 p.m. - NPHC Struts (North Stage)

• 1:30 - 2 p.m. - David Dulcie

• 2 - 2:30 p.m. - Laura Webb (North Stage)

• 2:30 - 3 p.m. - Brian Beaver

• 3 - 3:30 p.m. - Amy Boykin (North Stage)

• 3:15 - 3:25 p.m. - Latin Dance Society

• 3:25 - 3:40 p.m. - Multicultural Greek Council (North Stage)

• 3:45 - 4:15 p.m. - The Madison Letter

• 4:15 - 4:45 p.m. - KJ Doug-Crate (North Stage)

• 4:30 - 5 p.m. - Ty Mayfield

• 5:15 - 5:45 p.m. - Taylor Thrash

• 5:45 - 6 p.m. - Baylor Swing Dance Society

• 6 - 6:45 p.m. - Dinner with Zoo Studio

• 7 - 7:45 p.m. - Coffee with Jillian Edwards

• 8 - 8:45 p.m. - Taylor Hodak Band

• 9- 9:45 p.m. - Two-Steppin' with High Valley

• 10 - 11:30 p.m. - Country recording artist Jack Ingram

A picnic will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Burleson Quadrangle. The meal will include barbecued chicken breast covered in barbecue sauce, country-fried steak with creamy gravy, whole green beans, ranch-style beans, whole kernel corn, mashed potatoes with cream gravy and bread. Dr Pepper products will be available. Blue Bell strawberry bars will be dessert. Card readers will be available for those students with meal plans, or lunch may be purchased for $8.75.

Diadeloso apparel will be sold, including V-necks and tank tops for $15 and crew neck shirts for $10. Diadeloso T-shirts may be purchased at the event or at the Bill Daniel Student Center, Clifton Robinson Tower and Memorial, Penland and Collins residence hall cafeterias.

For more information, contact the Baylor Chamber of Commerce at (254) 710-3322 or visit http://www.baylor.edu/diadeloso.

by Susie Typher, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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