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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Family Day provides something for everyone

by Robert Schmidt

    On Oct. 10, students, parents, staff and alumni attended Family Day, the final day of Homecoming Week.  Events were planned for the entire day, including Cougar volleyball and soccer games, a fundraising event for groups on campus and performances by the Elysium Players and the Jane Froman Singers.  In addition, four new members were inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame.  Both men’s and women’s basketball previewed of their seasons in scrimmages held early in the day.
    Columbia College’s fourth-ranked volleyball team posted its 18th victory of the season by defeating Harris-Stowe State in three games – each by a wide margin.  Its league record improved to 8-0.
    Later in the day, the Cougar soccer team managed a 2-1 win against rival 11th-ranked Park, increasing their record to 10-1.  Though neither team scored in the first half, the Cougars managed to outshoot the Pirates by seven shots to four.  Columbia gained the lead in the second half on a goal by senior Jordan Cox, but the Pirates scored an equalizer goal in the 74th minute.  The Cougars scored their final goal in the 97th minute, in overtime, when freshman Nikola Velickovic scored off a corner kick by senior Lloyd Jacobs.  Columbia goalkeeper Ken Searles, a junior, saved two out of three shots on goal in 97 minutes of play.

    Elizabeth Kauffman said the fundraising event held on campus managed to sell 1,081 tickets at 50 cents each.  The tickets were sold to attendees, who used them to buy desserts from over a dozen stands set up by campus organizations.  Despite the ticket sales, many groups found that they had leftover items.  “We were told to make enough for 60-70 people each, but I think there were only 60-70 people total (who bought desserts),” said senior Anton Lukyanov, who worked at the Model United Nations booth.  Freshman Elisha Sanders agreed that it was a problem.  “Everyone lost money I think,” she said, including her own group BACCHUS.  “People had way too much food left over.”  Despite this, Sanders said she still had a pretty good time.

Students and their families enjoying the activities on Family Day. Photos by Robert Schmidt.

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