Tie-Dyeing Event Kicks Off College’s ‘Pink Out’ Observance

  • Last updated September 17, 2013
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Intramural assistant Wyatt J. Decker, a business administration: marketing concentration major from Dushore, wrings out a shirt after the preliminary soak.

Colleagues on the volleyball court, Lady Wildcats also team up to tie-dye.

Employing squirt bottles – a change over past years' method of dunking garments into buckets of pink – participants douse their T-shirts with color.

Former volleyball coach Bambi A. Hawkins is silhouetted by abundant sun, shining through a tie-dyed tapestry.

The gloved hands of intramural assistant Timothy J. Stasulli, an information technology: information assurance and security concentration major from Hamburg, help students bag their shirts for safe transport.

In the first of this year’s “Pink Out” events reflecting October’s designation as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, students and employees brought T-shirts to an area behind the Field House to be appropriately tie-dyed Tuesday evening. After soaking in a solution of soda ash and water, the shirts were bunched, scrunched, folded, rolled and rubber-banded … then squirted with hot-pink or fuchsia dye. The damp, tied shirts were then bagged and sent home with their owners … along with instructions on final rinsing and washing. Fans are encouraged to wear those shirts (or whatever pink clothing they choose) to cheer on the women’s volleyball team in its match against Elmira College, set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, in Bardo Gym. There will be free pink cotton candy and a $100 giveaway to the “pinkest” person in attendance. “Pink Out” events are co-sponsored by the Off-Campus Housing Organization, Healthy Wildcats and the Athletics department.