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‘Big Event’ slated this weekend

May 2, 2008
By CHERYL R. CLARKE - cclarke@sungazette.com
MANSFIELD — About 60 Mansfield University students will swarm into the community Saturday — weather permitting — to do a variety of clean up and maintenance projects.

The “Big Event” as it is being called, is a national effort taking place in campus towns throughout the country, according to Student Government president Shantee Proctor.

“This has been planned for a long time. It was supposed to be last weekend, but there were too many conflicts,” Proctor said.

The projects, coordinated by Proctor and fellow student Karen Newcomer, should go on between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. as planned, with a weather forecast calling for rain to hold off until the mid to late afternoon hours, Proctor said.

So far, nine projects are planned, including raking lawns, cleaning up yards, pulling weeds, painting, one deck staining and removal of rocks, she said. Other small job applications still are being accepted.

Fraternity members, athletes and other groups, such as Campus Crusade for Christ, are participating, Proctor said.

“We also have some individual students who are coming to help,” she added.

A picnic lunch will be served to participants following the event.

In addition, in the evening a $1 movie is planned, outdoors at Van Norman Field, which is open to the public.

The January 2008 movie “Untraceable” starring Diane Lane, will be shown at 8 p.m., she said, again, weather permitting.

The whole Big Event started at Texas A&M University, Proctor said.

“In the state system here, we are the only one participating in the nationwide Big Event,” she said, but other schools are doing similar projects, “but their own versions.”

In case of inclement weather, work will be rescheduled for another day, perhaps even in the fall semester, because next week is finals week and spring commencement is scheduled for May 10, she said.

For more information, contact the student activities department at 662-4980, or e-mail Proctor at proctors@mounties.mansfield.edu.

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