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Haggis, pipes and going plaid

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Sue Hatten, 604.291.5434 sue_hatten@sfu.ca (festival inquiries)
Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 604.291.3210

January 24, 2007

Bagpipes and haggis typically make an appearance around Simon Fraser University this time of year. But toss in some fashion — in this case, anything in plaid — and Robbie Burns’ Day has some new visuals.

Festivities on Thursday, Jan. 25 begin with a procession from the Surrey Central SkyTrain station to SFU Surrey at 11 a.m.

Processions starting from Strand Hall (12:20 p.m.) and the student residence dining hall (12:15 p.m.) on the Burnaby campus will lead into Convocation Mall for a 12:30 p.m. program of pipes, poetry and haggis.

At SFU Vancouver, a procession leaves the Waterfront Sky Train Station at 2:30 p.m. and heads to Harbour Centre’s Teck gallery for a brief celebration.

For added colour: staff, students and faculty at all three campuses are being asked to wear plaid on Jan. 25 in celebration of the famous bard’s birthday and in support of SFU’s world famous pipe band. “I Wear Plaid for the Pipe Band” badges are being sold as a fund-raiser.

Meanwhile, recreation and athletics staff are hosting the SFU Gung Haggis Fat Choy Festival on Jan. 25 from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Touted as a blend of Robbie Burns' Day and Chinese New Year it features a variety of activities - human curling (10:30 a.m.), dragon cart races (11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.), a haggis eating contest (1 – 1:30 p.m.) and more.