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September 27, 2001 Shuffle and Homecoming draw many Concordians




Shuffler and Stinger bee

Shufflers jogging

Shufflers cut the ribbon

Photos by Andrew Dobrowolskyj

Homecoming 2001 was held September 20 to 23, and it was a full extended weekend, starting with a cocktail party for alumni at Samuel Bronfman House on Thursday night.

Friday was the Shuffle, and in the evening, the launch of an MBA alumni chapter at Newtown. Saturday was the big football game, and that day began with a pancake breakfast, and went on to include a barbecue lunch and a post-game party.
On Saturday night, the Rector’s Reunion Dinner was held at the Ritz. On Sunday morning, a special mass was held in the Loyola chapel.

$38,000 plus raised for scholarships

The approximately 250 Shufflers who turned out on Sept. 21 enjoyed unseasonably warm weather for the annual inter-campus walkathon. They raised more than $38,000 for scholarships, and had a great time socializing afterwards at the Rector’s Reception, held with live music and great food in the Guadagni Lounge.

Major sponsors this year included Pepsi, Air Canada, Kayjon Graphiques, Delsan Environmental Services, Distinction Maintenance Services, Concordia Computer Store and Concordia Printing Services.

The organizing committee comprised Irvin Dudeck (chair), Heather Adams-Robinette, Amber Asif, Ann Bennett, Perry Calce, Tanya Gates, Lynda Hyette, Dorothy Massimo, Chris Mota, John O’Hanley, Murray Sang, Mich Sardella, Nancy Sardella, Hilary Scuffell, Nancy Stewart, Randy Swedburg and Elana Trager.

The awarding of prizes was emceed again this year by radio personality John Moore. One highlight of the post-Shuffle festivities was an appearance by two students who received Shuffle scholarships last year, Lisa Cipriani and Donna Pinsky.

The Shuffle Spirit Award, given for help above and beyond the call of duty, went to the employees of the bookstores, computer store and auxiliary services, and were accepted on their behalf by Lina Lipscombe and Bob MacIver. There were a lot of prizes — the biggest was a trip for two anywhere in North America from Air Canada. It was won by Miko Eshee.

There’s another big prize, for getting pledges fulfilled by Oct. 5. It’s a Panasonic Home Theatre Sound System — so go for it!

Jean-Michel Paquette

Running back Jean-Michel Paquette (11)

Excited Stingers fans

Some excited fans

Photos by Andrew Dobrowolskyj

Stingers suffer first loss as Laval gets revenge

by John Austen

When your offence doesn’t score any points, you’re not likely to win football games. And if your opposition is the Laval Rouge et Or — Well, forget about it.

After upsetting Laval 20-18 two weeks ago in Ste. Foy, the Concordia Stingers were no match for them last Saturday, losing 25-2 to put a damper on Homecoming weekend.

“They ruined our party when we played them at our place so we had to give it right back to them,” said Laval kicker Nicolas Racine. “We knew we were better than we showed in the first game. Don’t worry — Laval is still Laval.” The result would have been a lot closer had the Stingers kept their discipline. Concordia was assessed 10 penalties for 92 yards. In the first game with Laval, it was the Rouge et Or that was penalized time and time again.

“It wasn’t a great game but it was great to come back for Homecoming,” said Wendy Gratton, 32, of Ottawa. “I saw some people I hadn’t seen in years. It was great to see a big crowd here too. I’m sure the team is good this year and just had an off game.”

The Rouge et Or finished a perfect 8-0 last year before being upset by the Ottawa Gee-Gees in the second round of the playoffs. The Stingers finished 2-6 last season and were a perfect 2-0 heading into action last weekend.

Tyrone Frolick, 28, who was wildly cheering on the Stingers last week, noted that it’s a short season, but “despite this game I think they’ll be OK.”

The Stingers and Laval find themselves atop the division with 2-1 records, while McGill and Bishop’s are at 1-2. The Redmen won their first game season last weekend winning 24-7 over the Gaiters in Lennoxville.

The Stingers travel to Bishop’s on Saturday for a game at Coulter Field.