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College Celebrates Mardi Gras With Array of Activities

By Juli Reppert, student writer/photographer

Pennsylvania College of Technology is joining the fun for the Williamsport Mardi Gras celebration by offering a variety of activities on campus and sponsoring a float in the downtown parade.

On Feb. 24, “The Crawdaddies” will perform at 9 p.m. at the Field House on the college’s main campus. Founded in 1995 on the premise of “why not, it might just work,” the band infuses Cajun, Zydeco, funk, swing, soul, reggae, roots and rock into a sound that is unquestionably its own.

The Feb. 24 activities for students, which are sponsored by the Residence Life and Student Activities offices at Penn College, will also feature street performers including a magician, a caricaturist, a tarot-card reader and a palm reader. Free “mocktails” (nonalcoholic drinks) will be served, along with authentic southern food including chicken-and-sausage gumbo, beignets (southern-style donuts), Louisiana-style breadsticks and King Cakes.

For the Feb. 25 Mardi Gras Parade at 6 p.m. in downtown Williamsport, Penn College has entered a float, and the Homecoming Court will ride along. Students participating in the parade are Homecoming King and Queen Kirk M. Allen and Angela D. Rymer, Student Government Association; James E. Rottmund and Catherine V. McCall, College West Resident Assistants; Guston J. Bird and Tacy L. De Green, Campus View Resident Assistants; Bradley R. Moyer and Sara D. Rust, Student Wildcats of Robotic Design; and Carl F. Gravely and Jamie L. Lear, Phi Theta Kappa.

Later that evening, comedian Dave Coulier (who played Joey Gladstone on the popular ABC-TV series “Full House”) will perform at 9 p.m. in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium.

A limited number of tickets for the program, which is sponsored by the Student Activities Office, are available at the Bush Campus Center Information Desk. Penn College students with a valid ID are entitled to one free ticket on a first-come-first-served basis. All other tickets are $10.

If any seats remain, tickets may be available at the door on the night of the performance. The event is open to the general public.

For more information on the Mardi Gras events at Penn College, call (570) 327-4763, or visit online .

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