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Lehigh celebrates Spirit Week

The bed races on Thursday are always a highlight of Spirit Week.

To get the campus community properly revved up for the 144th installment of college football’s most played rivalry between Lehigh and Lafayette, a series of events will be held this week on Lehigh’s campus.

Spirit Week events range from bed races to the Turkey Trot to the first annual Lehigh-Laf-a-Palooza, a pep rally followed by a concert by State Radio, a Boston-based trio with politically charged lyrics that opened for Dave Matthews earlier this year.

“Palooza, as it has come to be called, is a novel concept for Lehigh. This year, we've (Lehigh’s class officers and the ASAs) partnered with University Productions to offer an all-out combination pep rally/outdoor concert,” says Scott Wojciechowski ’09, the high-energy president of the Class of 2009. “Since Lehigh-Lafayette is such a shared experience for the Lehigh family, this event has the ability to interest every niche and interest group. I am amazed by the support we've received from every corner of the campus—from the Athletics department, to Greek Life, to the Health and Wellness Center.”

Not that Lehigh needs other reasons to get fired up to face Lafayette on the gridiron. This Saturday’s meeting between the institutions will be the 144th in the series, the highest total in all of college football and 13 more than the next most-frequently played rivalry (Princeton vs. Yale).

In the 2006 book Big Games: College Football’s Greatest Rivalries, Kim McQuilken '74, a star Lehigh quarterback in the early 1970s, said this about the Lehigh-Lafayette football rivalry: “I played professionally for 10 years (in the NFL and the now-defunct USFL), but no other game I played in made my blood boil hotter than Lehigh-Lafayette.”

Here’s a list of Lehigh’s 2008 Spirit Week events with a brief description of each one:

Spirit My Ride
The Lehigh University cheerleaders will paint your car windows for free to help kick off Spirit Week. Once you—and your ride—are in the spirit, you can drive up to Stabler Arena to catch the men’s basketball team’s 2008-09 season opener vs. Delaware State (7 p.m. tip-off).
Time: 3-6 p.m.
Date: Monday, Nov. 17
Location: Library Drive

Class of 2011 All House Decorating Contest
The Class of 2011 is encouraging all residence halls, fraternities, and sororities to decorate their houses beginning on Monday, Nov. 17 in the spirit of the rivalry. Judging will take place on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 19.

Tattoo Tuesday
Stop by the Lower UC or Rathbone and get a temporary tattoo—or two—to get fired up for the week and the big game. Members of the Hawk’s Nest will be there to tattoo you.
Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 18
Location: Outside the Lower UC and Rathbone Dining Hall

Flagpole Trivia and Most Tattoed
The person with the most Lehigh Mountain Hawk tattoos and the most Lehigh knowledge will win prizes.
Time: 4 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 18
Location:UC Lawn Flagpole

Spirit My Ride
For those who can’t make it on Monday, the Lehigh University cheerleaders will return to paint your car windows for free to get you ready for Saturday’s big game.
Time: 3-6 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 19
Location: Library Drive

Lehigh-Lafa-Palooza
This event will have all the ingredients of a pep rally—the football players and coaches, the Lehigh dance team, cheerleaders and marching band—plus a performance by State Radio, a musically inventive, socially and politically charged trio fronted by Chad Stokes.
Time: 8 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 19
Location: Rauch Business Center Courtyard

54th annual Turkey Trot
One of the oldest traditions of Spirit Week, the Turkey Trot starts at Packer Church and winds its way through campus to the top of the hill and back. Prizes awarded at the finish line, including t-shirts to the first 300 runners to cross the finish line. The registration period for this event is over. but come to the race and cheer on your classmates or co-workers.
Time: 4 p.m.-5:15 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Nov. 20
Location:UC Flagpole

Class of 2010 Bed Races
Come out and watch students race beds down Library Drive. Two teams of five will race at a time in a drag-race format. Each team will be composed of four pushers and one rider, and will have the opportunity to decorate their bed before their matchup. More than 30 teams are expected to participate this year. The winner of each match will move on to face their next opponent, so don’t miss the excitement.
Time: 5:15 (bed races will begin after the last of the Turkey Tror runners cross the finish line)
Date: Thursday, Nov. 20
Location: Library Drive in front of the UC

Brown Out Day!
Dress in all brown on the eve of the big game and if spotted, you might receive free prizes.
Time: All day long
Date: Friday, Nov. 21

Eco Flame
One of the highlights of Spirit Week each year, the Marching 97 weave their way through campus buildings, dining halls, and classrooms serenading the campus community with all the traditional Lehigh fight songs. Request that the Marching 97 visit your class on Friday by e-mailing Marching97@gmail.com.

Lehigh wrestling vs. Michigan
Show up at Stabler Arena in the most Lehigh gear to win a prize. Prior to the bout, there will be a parade of former Lehigh wrestling greats.
Time: 7 p.m.
Date: Friday, Nov. 21
Location: Stabler Arena

Lehigh football game vs. Lafayette
All other Spirit Week activities are building up to this event: the 144th meeting of college football's most played rivalry. This year’s game is at Lafayette, and buses depart from Packer Avenue at 11:30 a.m. The game has been sold out for weeks and alumni clubs around the country will gather in their home states to cheer for the Brown and White.
Time: 1 p.m.
Date: Saturday, Nov. 22
Location: Lafayette’s Fisher Field

Lehigh wrestling vs. Princeton
The 100th season of Lehigh wrestling continues with a match at the “Snake Pit” vs. Princeton.
Time: 1 p.m.
Date: Sunday, Nov. 22
Location: Grace Hall

--Bill Doherty

Photo by Douglas Benedict

Posted on Sunday, November 16, 2008

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