A 60s happening

September 08, 2005, vol. 34, no. 1
By Diane Luckow

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Dress up in neat duds from the 60s and join the happy birthday celebrations on Sept. 9 when the entire Burnaby campus turns out to convocation mall to celebrate SFU's 40th birthday.

CKNW's Bill Good will broadcast live from the mall from 8:30 a.m. to noon as he covers the anniversary and concurrent activities for the annual Week of Welcome for students.

Birthday festivities begin at 11:30 a.m. with a $3 barbecue.

At 12:30 p.m. President Michael Stevenson kicks off a special celebration program that includes remarks from dignitaries, charter faculty, staff and students, as well as skits by Kevin Conway, who plays Simon Fraser.

And, of course, there'll be birthday cake for all. The program will also be web cast.

Bands with an SFU connection will enliven the day's events from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. outside the residence dining hall, in Convocation mall and in UniverCity's Town and Gown square.

Watch for VP-university relations Warren Gill and SFU alumnus Al Lynch in the 60s-style rock band Wager, at noon in the mall.

“We want everyone on campus to come to convocation mall to celebrate,” says Stevenson.

“We expect more people than the 2,500 who made up the entire university population when SFU opened in 1965.”

To cap the day's festivities, four 7,000-watt search lights will create a pyramid of light over the AQ.

The lights will be switched on a 9 p.m., and should be widely visible, weather permitting.

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