UAlbany Celebrates Fountain Day
Catherine Herman (518) 437-4980
ALBANY, N.Y. (April 4, 2005) – The University
at Albany will celebrate Fountain Day, the annual
rite of spring when the main fountain on the
campus podium is turned on for the season, on
Sunday, April 17, noon - 4 p.m. on the uptown
Students, faculty and staff typically attend
this UAlbany student-sponsored event, which
began in 1978 as Human Awareness Program day.
This year's Fountain Day will be held on Sunday
instead of a weekday, allowing for more faculty
and staff participation. In addition, students
will register online for the event, electronically
"signing" a pledge to "make personal
choices that will promote a safe Fountain Day."
Only UAlbany students, faculty and staff will
be allowed into the fountain area.
The activities begin with an attempt by UAlbany
students to compete in the world's largest pillow
fight. The pillow activities get underway on
Collins Circle at noon, with the pillow fight
scheduled for 2 p.m. The event will be accompanied
by music, food, rock-climbing, an inflatable
Twister game, face painting, and other activities,
and will culminate in a one-minute pillow fight
with an expected 3,200 participants. The pillows,
which will be distributed by the University
per Guinness World Record regulations, will
be donated to charities after the epic battle.
Following the pillow fight, the campus community
will move to the academic podium, where they'll
guess the exact time the fountain will go on,
now scheduled for a time between 3 and 4 p.m.
Students guessing can compete for prizes, including
free tuition for a semester and a trip for two
worth $1,500. Ongoing games throughout the day
will give away iPods, gift certificates, and
The event is sponsored by the UAlbany Student
Association and the Division of Student Affairs.