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April 23, 2004
Vol. 45 No. 21

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Campout to kick off Spring Weekend

On Friday, April 30, Habitat for Humanity will kick off Spring Weekend with their second annual Campus Campout, sponsored with the help of the Outdoors Club.

In addition, Alpha Phi Omega will be adding to the activities of Spring Weekend with a spring concert held on Saturday, May 1, to benefit the Ronald McDonald House, which is located in Danville.

The campus campout will begin Friday at 5:30 p.m. Students may bring their own tents and sleeping bags and can purchase a plot of land on the field hockey field outside Smith Hall.

There they will "rough it" for a night according, to Habitat for Humanity President, sophomore Lauren Stevenson.

"For one night, students will get a small taste of what it feels like to be homeless," Stevenson said. "But most importantly, they will be contributing to a great cause by bringing us one step closer to building a house for a family in need right here in Selinsgrove."

Plots cost $12 in advance or $15 on the night of the event.

Both activities have purposely been scheduled on Spring Weekend this year. According to Stevenson, the campout was held on Spring Weekend last year and had a fairly good turnout.

Activities during the campout include a pie-eating contest and a tent-decorating contest.

All of the proceeds from the campout will go toward building a Habitat for Humanity house in Selinsgrove.

The organization recently received a grant to aid in breaking ground, but they are still seeking to raise approximately $20,000 in order to build the house. According to Stevenson, building will begin over the summer and continue through the fall semester.

Habitat is not the only organization using Spring Weekend as a prime time to raise money toward philanthropy.

Service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega has planned their spring concert event for Saturday May 1, from 8 to 11 p.m. Students can purchase tickets in advance for $5 or at the door for $7. All proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House in Danville. Tickets can be purchased in the basement of the Degenstein Campus Center from April 26 to 30.

"One of the reasons we're having it on Spring Weekend is because most people stick around for it, so we're expecting a better turnout [than if the concert was held on a regular weekend]," said APO Sergeant-at-Arms, junior Nile Abdel-Salam. "Hopefully, kids will take a break from whatever it is they're doing on Spring Weekend and come rock out for awhile."

Junior Rory Scanlon has volunteered to perform. Currently, he is the only Susquehanna student to play at the event.

APO has also scheduled three bands from the greater Pennsylvania area.

Idoleyez is a hard rock band from Pennsylvania and is currently working on recording a full album at a studio in Danville.

The second band, Tailor Made, is an emo/punk band from Pennsylvania State University. This is not their first benefit concert.

The third band that is scheduled is Missing Gef, a punk band from Maryland. Since the entire band is unable to perform that night, the lead singer will perform an acoustic set.

"I'm really looking forward to seeing this go off without a hitch," APO Vice President of Service, sophomore Krista Gaffney, said. "I've heard great things about the bands, plus the Ronald McDonald House is a great cause."

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