Western to ping pong for Prevention

Lifestyles Student Life

Western’ s first campus-wide ping-pong tournament will take place April 28 at 10 a.m. with an ending time determined by the number of contestants.

Student Senate and Partners in Prevention will sponsor this event. The ping-pong tournament will take place in the residential halls and in Blum Union. Students must play in the hall they reside in. Non-traditional students and students living off campus must play in the Blum Union. Faculty and staff may take part as well.

The top 16 players will receive trophies and will compete in Blum Union for the grand prize of a Nintendo Wii. Second, third and fourth place winners will receive Barnes and Noble gift certificates. Everyone who participates will receive a free t-shirt.

Kathy Kelly, Wonda Berry and Jen Kacere were the initiators of the event after Residence Council purchased ping-pong tables for the halls.

Berry, recreation services and facilities director hopes this will become an annual event on campus.

“I’d like to see a lot of students get involved,” Berry said. “This is something we’d like to do every year.”

Kacere, residence hall director, feels that students are excited about the competition, and she hopes that many students will show up.

“Students have really been practicing and getting ready for this tournament,” Kacere said. “Students are wanting to know the fine details of the rules. They have their own paddles and balls they want to use. This is becoming a huge deal in the residence halls.”

Kelly, administrative assistant to the dean of student development, welcomes all students to join in the contest.

“We want this to be a student based tradition,” Kelly said.

An Xbox 360 will be given away as a door prize to anyone who registers for the drawing. Registration information will be available on Saturday. You must be present to win.

Student Senate approved $1,500 and Partners in Prevention donated $500 for the tournament. Partners in Prevention are a coalition of Missouri universities whose goal is to “prevent high-risk drinking” among students.

Harold McClellan, member of Partners in Prevention, is happy to be involved in this activity.

“We want to help the ping-pong tournament be a success,” McClellan said.

Students interested in more information about Partners in Prevention can contact McClellan at hhm6057@missouriwestern.edu.

Individuals interested in playing in the tournament may sign up at various locations on campus until April 25. Students residing in the halls may sign up at the Commons Building, LLC, Vaselakos or Leaverton front desks. Non-traditional students may sign up in the Non-Trad Office in Eder Hall, room 200. Students living off campus can sign up at the Dean of Student Development Office in Blum Union, room 228 or the Recreational Services Office in Looney Complex, room 147.

Partners in Prevention will provide refreshments.

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