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MUNdays are coming, and they've never looked so good

By Geoff Ash | Oct. 17, 2011

Memorial will go down in the history books as a Guinness World Record holder (we hope), do good work in the community and shell out thousands of dollars in prizes to top ranters and spirited teams, all during this year’s completely revamped I Love MUNdays celebrations.

MUNdays 2011 runs from Oct. 20-25 in St. John's and Oct. 18-22 in Corner Brook.

Celebrations take place under the banner I Love MUNdays on the St. John’s campus, I Fell For Grenfell at the Grenfell campus in Corner Brook and I Love MI MUNdays at the Marine Institute in St. Johns.

MUNdays highlights the diversity, ingenuity, excellence, kindness and community spirit that sets Memorial apart from all other post-secondary institutions. 

This year the program got a complete overhaul and promises to be bigger and better than ever before. The addition of a spirit challenge open to all faculty, staff, and students and an attempt at breaking a Guinness World Record are just two of the exciting new changes. There are also more prizes and a fantastic keepsake that you’ll want to get your hands on!

A full itinerary of events and activities are planned, encouraging students, staff, faculty and alumni to come together and celebrate Memorial to the max. Have trouble taking time out from work or class to participate? No worries, there are plenty of weekend activities this year!

St. John’s campus

A jam-packed six-day schedule of fun kicks off in St. John’s Thursday, Oct. 20, with the all-new pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. at the Main Dining Hall. And who doesn’t love pancakes? Especially free ones. Don’t forget to bring along a non-perishable food item for the campus food bank though.

Right after everyone is stuffed full of pancakes, stick around for the official launch of I Love MUNdays at 9:15 a.m. and the Spirit Parade at 9:30 a.m.  Join in this spirited march around campus and wave a flag, sing a song, represent your house, club, society or faculty . . . or just show some spirit! To sweeten the deal, there will be a $1,000 prize for the most spirited group.

At 10 a.m. students from Paton College and Burton's Pond will re-group at the Field House for Out Move Sammy, the best residence versus Sammy dance contest ever!  Come and cheer on your favourite mascot as they break it down in one-on-one dance battles with Sammy the Sea-Hawk.

On Friday, Oct. 21, show some love on Kindness Friday. You can commit your own acts of kindness or bring in non-perishable food items to help the university community Fill the Square (in front of Hatcher House).  Register your own kindness idea online.

If you’re tired from all that kindness, drop into the University Centre food court for the all-day UC Lounge.  Relax, kick back in a comfy chair and enjoy some live music and entertainment.

And today is the day you’ve worked so hard for. To all those students receiving their degrees at convocation, congratulations! Sessions begin at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

At 8 p.m. lose the cap and gown and head to the Breezeway to party it up one last time on campus at the Graduation Concert. Hosted by the Memorial University Students' Union.

On Saturday, Oct. 22, come out and do some good at Community Service Learning Day. After all, the classroom isn’t the only place you learn things. Plant seedlings at Pippy Park, nurture garden beds at the Community Food Garden or reach out to the St. John’s community at the Street Reach Community Lunch. There will also be donation boxes around campus throughout the week to collect supplies for Street Reach -- stay tuned for details.

And you know what Saturday night’s alright for? Writing of course! Join us at 7 p.m. for a charming night with four local writers and get a chance to air your own literary questions at Writers in the Round.

On Sunday, Oct. 23, take part in a historic 5K run/walk at 8 a.m. The MUN Run 5K will mimic the route marched from the original Memorial College on Parade Street to the new campus on Elizabeth Avenue back in 1961, fifty years ago.

Tug of war with a 60,000 pound truck? Bring it on. Always a spectacle, the Barnes House Truck Pull will take place at 2 p.m. in lot 16. Come along and help raise money and awareness for the Iris Kirby House.

Monday, Oct. 24, is MUNday! No, that’s not a typo. Wear your pride, rock that MUN-branded hoodie all day. Lacking in the MUN clothing department? No worries, the bookstore will hook you up with a 20 per cent discount on all clothing.

And indulge in some of the most delicious fare from around the globe or discover unique jewelry at the International Bazaar. It’s a marketplace of world music, tastes, sights and sounds, all happening at The Landing from 12-3 p.m.

Don’t miss a MUNdays highlight at the Rant like Rick contest, where one Memorial student will be crowned this year’s champion and receive $1,000 in cash for their best Rick Mercer-style rant.  It happens from 3:30-5 p.m. in The Landing.

And another $1,000 is at stake at this year’s Outside the Box Challenge, where teams compete in a series of mind-boggling contests to be crowned the most ingenious group on campus. Happening from 7-10 p.m. in the Phys. Ed. gym.

On Tuesday, Oct. 25, we’re going to set our own record at the Health Challenge, then next year we’re going to break it . . . if we can. Help set the bar high on the MUN record for the greatest distance we can travel as a MUN community.  Run, walk, or roll around the track at the Field House in this day-long relay.

We’re going to set our own record, but we’re also going to try and break one -- a Guinness world record at that! Come out to the Field House at 1 p.m. as we make a Guinness World Record attempt to be the largest group of people standing on one foot, so get practising.

But alas, all good things must come to an end. Try to hold back those tears and join us in the Field House at 2 p.m. for the closing ceremonies where we will hand out some of the week's most prestigious awards, and thank everyone for making MUNdays 2011 a success.

Grenfell Campus

In Corner Brook, Tuesday, Oct. 18, I Fell for Grenfell kicks off with its own Pancake Breakfast from 8-10:30 a.m. at the GCSU food court.

Then, at 8:30 a.m., start watching your back as Gotcha! begins. The aim of this week-long challenge is for players to track down and eliminate their opponents until only one player remains.

After breakfast, the official launch will start at 11:30 a.m. at the GCSU food court. And keep that energy going for the Parade of Flags at 11:40 a.m.

Make your way back to the GCSU food court at 12:30 p.m. for Rant Like Rick, where the winner will fly to the St. John’s campus to compete in the finals for a $1,000 top prize.

On Wednesday, Oct. 19, the Western Regional School of Nursing encourages healthy bodies and healthy minds at the Health Fair from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the GCSU food court in the Arts and Science building.

Then, at 3:30 p.m., join the crowd at the GCSU food court and back lawn of the Arts and Science building for the brisk Campus Dash and Obstacle Course. Make sure to work up an appetite for the barbecue afterward.

On Thursday, Oct. 20, the fun continues at the Amazing Library Race.  Ever dream that you’re part of a board game? Well here’s your chance! Race around a life-sized board and toss a giant die to win prizes. It’s all happening from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Ferris Hodgett Library.

Then, from 1-3 p.m., practise your aim and raise money for charity at Pie the Prof at the GCSU food court at the Arts and Science building.

In the evening, dress warm, bring a blanket and chair and head back to the GCSU lawn at 7:30 p.m. for Drive-In Movie Night. If the weather doesn’t co-operate it will take place in LC301.

On Friday, Oct. 21, we’ve only got one thing on our mind -- and that’s how much We Love our Students. Join us from 1-3 p.m. at the GCSU food court for pizza, pop, and music.

On Saturday, Oct. 22, we’ve got something for everybody. At 1:30 p.m. in the gymnasium, the western Regional School of Nursing invites the kiddies out to give their beloved teddies a checkup at the Teddy Bear Clinic.

Also at 1:30 p.m., while the teddies are getting their checkups, try out an art session and celebrate fall with inspired art.

After the teddies are all fixed up, head over to the Grenfell Campus pool at 3 p.m. for the family splash.

Prefer your water frozen? Join us at the Pepsi Centre main ice at 3:30 p.m. for a family skate.

Then, experience diverse delights as I Fell for Grenfell continues with International Night from 6-8 p.m. at the GCSU food court in the Arts and Science building. A fusion of international sounds, entertainment and distinct dishes from the different nationalities and cultures found in the Grenfell community are yours to enjoy.

Marine Institute

I Love MI MUNdays kicks off on Thursday, Oct. 20, with a free breakfast at the Breakfast Bazaar from 8-10 a.m. in the cafeteria.

Another part of this year’s celebrations are theme days, and what goes good with breakfast? That’s right, pajamas! So sleep in a few extra minutes and head right to the breakfast in your jammies (extra points for silly slippers).

At 12 p.m. haul your slippers out to the MI lobby for the first Minute to Win It challenge. Play our deceptively difficult 60 second challenges featuring household objects for a shot at a MI prize pack.

Head back at 6:30 p.m. for MI Idol in the student lounge. Hosted by MISU, show off your singing chops with the best selection of YouTube karaoke songs around. Cover is $4 and drink specials will be available. Student IDs required.

On Friday, Oct. 21, pull those acid-wash jeans out of retirement and Dress Like the 80s. Then, dressed in your best neon, show some kindness because it’s also Kindness Friday. Commit your own acts of kindness, help us fill a lifeboat to the brim with non-perishable food items and bring in those outgrown winter coats for Coats for Kids.

At 12 p.m. it’s Rant Like Rick – the MI Episode, where your opinion could win big. Come prepared to rant on camera, the winner will compete in the finals at the St. John’s campus for a shot at a $1,000 top prize.

You’re already dressed for the 80s, so come out for the MI Dance Party at 8 p.m. The MISU are throwing the best dance party ever for MI and St. John's campus students! Cover is $5, IDs for 19 required.

On Saturday, Oct. 22, join in with volunteers from the St. John’s campus and take part in the projects for Community Service Learning Day in I Love MUNdays.

On Sunday, Oct. 23, join the Memorial University Community in the historic MUN Run 5K as part of I Love MUNdays.

Monday, Oct. 24, is MI Day. Wear your MI pride and show off your MI swag. Don’t have any MI clothing? No problem, the MI Bookstore is offering a 10 per cent discount on all MI branded clothing from Oct. 20-25.

At 12 p.m. there’s 60 seconds on the clock and more prizes on the line in the second round of Minute to Win It challenges in the MI lobby.

Then at 1 p.m. travel Around the World in 80 Minutes without leaving the Marine Institute. MI International challenges you to take a trip through the Marine Institute building in search of answers to our global questions.

And at 7 p.m., compete in the Out of Your Depth Challenge. A series of hands-on, skill-testing, brain-twisting tasks will prove whose marine knowledge tops all.

Tuesday, Oct. 25, is Superhero Day. Wear your favourite hero’s colours or a full-on costume, it’s up to you. 

At 8:30 a.m. it’s your last chance to score some prizes in the final round of Minute to Win It challenges.

Then join us at 12 p.m. and go out on a bang with some great tasting hots and hams! Everyone is invited to our free barbecue lunch.

Head down to the Field House on the St. John’s campus and do your part in setting a Memorial University record for the most distance travelled around the track at the all day Health Challenge.

A Guinness World Record would be pretty cool too, right? So make sure you’re at the Field House on the St. John’s campus between 1-2 p.m. to help out the Guinness World Record attempt for the most people standing on one foot.

For more information and to register for events, please visit