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UAlbany Students Show Their School Spirit and Giving Hearts at Clash of the Quads 2011

ALBANY, N.Y. (September 27, 2011) -- Not only did UAlbany students show their school spirit at the 9th annual Clash of the Quads, but they also demonstrated their giving spirit.

The Clash of the Quads features teams from UAlbany's six residential areas competing against one another in such events as relay races, musical chairs and a tug of war. To these popular events, a new one was added this year – a food drive.

Colonial Quad Winners at Clash of the Quads

Colonial Quad students claimed their first Clash of the Quads victory.

UAlbany students came through with 3,262 non-perishable food items for an Albany feeding center for children. Freshman students from the Community Service Living-Learning Community and members of the Leaders in Services student group filled a UAlbany bus with the food donations and left the Clash of the Quads festivities to deliver them to the JC Club in Arbor Hill.

A record number of 1,800 UAlbany students participated in this year's event, which was held Sept. 24 at the SEFCU Arena. Colonial Quad students dominated the competition and claimed their first Clash of the Quads victory.

"Every year, Clash of the Quads brings about a heightened school spirit and, no matter who wins, everyone has a great time participating in the various games and events," said UAlbany junior Meghan Nyman, who has been a volunteer at the event for the last three years.

The Clash of the Quads has steadily grown in popularity since it began in 2003, reviving a tradition that dated back to 1913 when the University was known as the New York State College for Teachers. The earlier version featured a rivalry between the freshman and sophomore classes and was held into the 1960s.

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