Food Drive slated for 'Blackout' event Monday in Percefull

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Food Drive slated for 'Blackout' event Monday in Percefull

November 17, 2009

Non-perishable food items will be collected for the local food bank as basketball fans enter Percefull Fieldhouse Monday, Nov. 23, for a double-header “Blackout” event at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

Members of the Psychology Club and Student Oklahoma Education Association are teaming up to collect the non-perishable food items at the game with Oklahoma Christian and will begin accepting the items at 5 p.m. The clubs also have set boxes out in various buildings around the Northwestern campus for those who’d like to donate items before or after Monday’s ballgames.

All non-perishable food items will be donated to the Community Food Bank managed by Opportunities, Inc., in Alva on Nov. 24, just in time for Thanksgiving.

“This year there is probably a greater need than in the past,” said Dr. Mark Davis, professor of psychology and sponsor of the Psychology Club. “Every time we’ve had a Northwestern food drive, it has been tremendously successful. We are hoping Ranger fans will step up to the challenge at the Blackout.”

Northwestern’s “Blackout” event also is a chance for all Ranger fans to show Ranger pride through the wearing of black clothing. Fans are encouraged to paint their faces and bring signs to the game to add to the fun atmosphere that has become a tradition in “The Pit,” especially during conference games. However, artificial noise makers are not allowed at the game per Sooner Athletic Conference rules.

Northwestern will help in creating Ranger pride by giving the first 700 fans free black Ranger Nation t-shirts beginning at 5 p.m. Tip off for the Lady Rangers’ game is 6 p.m. with the men following at 8 p.m.

In addition to the t-shirt giveaway, Northwestern students who register by halftime of the women’s game will be eligible to participate in various contests for prizes.

“What better way to kick off the opening of our conference schedule than to create an atmosphere of pride and enthusiasm inside Percefull Fieldhouse that can be carried throughout the remainder of the season, as well as to give back to the community through the donation of non-perishable food items,” said Steve Valencia, associate vice president for University Relations.