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DUU reviews Homecoming week plans

At their meeting Tuesday night, Duke University Union members finalized major plans for the week, including Homecoming and upcoming events.

“We just had our second day of the Scavenger Hunt, and we have about 49 teams participating. That’s over 400 people,” said Special Projects Director Christie Falco, a senior.

Falco is currently finalizing plans and looking for volunteers for Thursday’s Football Fest, a day of festivities hosted at the Durham Athletic Park leading up to the Duke-North Carolina Central University football game that evening.

“The Football Fest is basically football meets state fair,” Falco said. “There will be inflatables, student raffles, rock climbing and a bunch of other fun stuff like that.”

Thursday’s schedule is packed with various events and guests. A DJ will play for an hour, followed by a pep rally featuring football players and coaches from Duke and NCCU. Students groups from both universities, including the Pitchforks from Duke and Dickens, a band from NCCU, will take the stage afterwards, Falco said.

In other business:

Christian Lander, creator of the blog “Stuff White People Like,” will speak in Page Auditorium Oct. 27, said Major Speakers Director Yi Zhang, a junior. Lander’s site utilizes humor to deal primarily with racial issues.

The Duke Coffeehouse will host local hip-hop groups Friday for charity, partnering with the Durham Literacy Group.

“Awesome groups like Kooley High, BPL and others will be playing. Everyone should come out to it,” said senior Andrew Kindman, DUU Coffeehouse director and general manager.

Visual Arts Director Lisa Gao, a junior, discussed the success of the opening art reception with abstract painting exhibitions in the Bryan Center’s Louise Jones Brown Gallery. More events are planned to promote students’ artwork.

“We are currently working on a project where we will exhibit students’ art at the [West Campus] Plaza and the Bryan Center,” Gao said.

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