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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 3, 2004

'Beat Iowa State Week' Starts Sept. 7 At UI

The best intrastate football rivalry in the Midwest is the Iowa/Iowa State game Sept. 11, and the University of Iowa Alumni Association (UIAA) is encouraging fans to show their Hawkeye pride during "Beat Iowa State Week" starting Sept. 7.

"Beat Iowa State Week" is an initiative of our Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (S.T.A.T.) Ambassadors, sponsored by the UIAA, and supported/sponsored by the Daily Iowan and Imprinted Sportswear.

The week will feature online contests, giveaways, discounts and more, starting with a kick-off event Tuesday, Sept. 7, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Hubbard Park, where Herky will help distribute freebies, stickers, "Beat Iowa State" buttons and signs (while supplies last). Joe Photo will be on site to take photos with Herky. The Daily Iowan will have a "Beat Iowa State" sign and a schedule of events in its Sept. 7 issue.

On Wednesday, Sept. 8, fans can flash their "Beat Iowa State" button at several Iowa City locations to get discounts on food, merchandise and services. See for a complete list of businesses.

Thursday, Sept. 9 is Black & Gold Day, when you can sport your favorite black and gold T-shirt, jersey or tank top to show your Hawkeye pride. Voting will also be open to pick a favorite Hawkeye icon on, where fans can also enter a drawing to win a football autographed by Coach Kirk Ferentz. Also on Sept. 9, Herky, the S.T.A.T. Ambassadors and the Iowa Spirit Squad will bring smiles, songs and Hawkeye gifts to young patients from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

On Friday, Sept. 10, S.T.A.T. Ambassadors cruising around town in the Spirit Mobile will distribute shirts to the first 200 Hawkeye fans from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at several locations on campus.

Finally for the big game on Sept. 11, the first 1,000 fans to enter Kinnick Stadium's northwest entrance will get a free foam Tigerhawk hand. Distribution will begin one hour prior to kickoff.

Blood drives will also be held throughout the week in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids:

-- Sept. 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Levitt Center's Green Assembly Room, sponsored by the UI Foundation.

-- Sept. 8 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church fellowship hall, 123 E. Market Street.

-- Sept. 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lindquist Center, N201 and N204, sponsored by the UI College of Education

-- Sept. 10 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Benchmark Inc., 6065 Huntington Court NE, Cedar Rapids.

A complete schedule of activities is on the UIAA website at:

STORY SOURCE: University News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012,; Program: Emily Cornish, UIAA, 319-335-3294,

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.