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Homecoming Prizes in Store for Students Wearing Blue Friday

Oct-15-2013

How often does the president of a university give you a ride and then offer you a chance to win prizes? That’s exactly what’s going to happen Friday as Eastern Illinois University staff -- including President Bill Perry -- drive golf carts around the campus and run a mobile trivia game.

Based on the popular TV show “Cash Cab,” two golf cart “cabs” will pick up students wearing blue and give them a chance to answer trivia questions about Eastern as a kick-off to the 2013 Homecoming Celebration. Winners will walk away with T-shirts and other EIU giveaways if they can demonstrate their “Panther” knowledge.

Every student who rides on a golf cart will also be entered in a drawing for a football helmet signed by head football coach Dino Babers. The grand prize will be handed out at the Homecoming Pep Rally at 7 p.m. Friday at McAfee Gymnasium. Students must be present at the pep rally to win the grand prize.

Bob Martin, vice president for university advancement, said the purpose of the event is to make homecoming even more special and to promote school spirit.

“We have a lot to be proud of, and by wearing blue, students, faculty and staff come together in support of Eastern and show their love for this institution,” Martin said.

The “Cash Cab” was organized by the Quality Service Committee, composed of students and University Advancement staff members. The purpose of committee is to enhance school spirit and academic excellence.