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U of M freshmen celebrate 'Pride & Spirit' night

Media Note: Media should enter TCF Bank Stadium through the Benton County gate. The normal media entrance, Dodge County, will not be open.

What: Pride & Spirit Night
When: Friday, Aug. 31
           8:30 to 9:45 p.m.
Where: TCF Bank Stadium
            2009 University Ave. S.E., Minneapolis

Contacts: Steve Henneberry, University News Service,, 773-343-2055

August 31, 2012

The first home football game is still a week away but TCF Bank Stadium will host a large crowd from 8:30 to 9:45 p.m. tonight.

More than 5,500 incoming freshmen will gather for ‘Pride & Spirit’ night, where they will celebrate all things maroon and gold while building pride in the U and a sense of community. The night is part of Welcome Week, which aims to improve student engagement, first year retention and ultimately graduation rates by equipping students with the knowledge and resources to make a successful transition from high school to collegiate life.

The event begins at 8:30 p.m. and the ‘M’ photo will be taken at 9:45 p.m.

Some of the media-friendly activities include:

• The forming of human-made ‘M’ on the field for the Class of 2016 photo – to be taken at 9:45 p.m.

• Students learning all the cheers, chants and songs that make the U of M unique on game days

• Head Football Coach Jerry Kill, the Spirit Squad, the U of M Marching Band, and Goldy Gopher will all be there to help celebrate

‘Pride & Spirit’ night is sponsored by Intercollegiate Athletics and is part of the Welcome Week activities put on by the Office of Undergraduate Education’s Orientation and First-Year Programs.

Tags: Student Related Affairs

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