Homecoming Stakes Are Raised with Presidential Challenge

Posted: February 25, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

A victory in this Saturday’s homecoming game against James Madison suddenly means more than just the Colonial Athletic Association Championship. President Alan Merten has issued a challenge to James Madison president Linwood Rose, and the latter has accepted.

According to the challenge, the president of the defeated university must place a congratulatory ad in the opposing university’s student newspaper the week after the game. To make the challenge even more interesting for the rival teams, George Mason students suggested that the ad include a photograph of the defeated school’s president wearing a shirt that bears the winning school’s name.

The challenge was issued by Merten earlier this week and quickly accepted by Rose. It was designed to generate homecoming awareness and enthusiasm by raising the stakes. In addition, the newspaper ad allows the defeated school to graciously congratulate the winner. Go Patriots!

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