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TROJAN FAMILIES, UNITE

by Christine E. Shade

It was a perfect, Southern Californian, cardinal and gold
weekend – made all the more sublime by the hometown team’s
defeat of visiting Arizona, 45-28, at the Coliseum.

From Friday, Nov. 11, to Sunday, Nov. 13, families of young
Trojans came to the University Park Campus from all points to
taste the atmosphere and enjoy the festivities.

Attendance at all events was impressive, said Cyndie Colon,
Trojan Family Weekend coordinator. Because the event fell on
Veterans Day weekend, more families took part in Friday’s
activities than in previous years.

Parents were invited to attend class with their sons and
daughters, sample the International Food Fair and visit the
information booths set up on Trousdale Parkway by the college
advisement office.

President Steven B. Sample, General Alumni Association president
Joe Enloe and vice president for external relations Jane Pisano
offered personal welcomes to the families in remarks at the
Norris Cinema Theatre.

Saturday’s events opened with the annual Trojan Family Picnic,
with more than 2,500 enjoying the barbecue. Then it was on to
the Coliseum. Some 3,200 family members attended the football
game, 800 more than last year. And seeing the Trojans romp to
victory gave the day an extra bonus, Colon said.

On Sunday morning at the Topping Student Center patio, the
Community Service Breakfast introduced Trojan families to the
Student Volunteer Center and other community service groups.

It was a weekend of warmth, edification and good cheering.

[Photo:] On Saturday morning, thousands gathered for a rousing
pre-game rally led by Tommy Trojan, song and yell leaders and
the Trojan Marching Band.

[Photo:] Sophomore Michelle Ishida picnics with her
grandparents, Sakauye and Hank Taye.

[Photo:] Above, electrical engineering major Michael Carter
hunts for cool shorts with his dad, Bret, visiting from
Hillsboro, Ore.

[Photo:] Below, Anita and Robbie Robinson of Los Angeles eat
lunch al fresco with their daughter, freshman psychology major
Rebecca Robinson.

[Photo:] Christina and Tim Boggs and their children, Brandon and
Breanne, pose for a photograph by the fountain at the Alumni
Park fountain.