Broncos stampede Lansing at second WMU Day
June 2, 2009
KALAMAZOO--With nearly four hours of live entertainment, interactive exhibits from a broad array of programs, and a carnival-like atmosphere including games and popcorn, Western Michigan University Broncos shined at the Michigan Capitol during its second annual display of pride for state legislators.
Music performances on the Capitol steps and more than 30 exhibits on the front lawn displayed the University's success at WMU Day at the Capitol May 27. The date was coincidentally the same as the day the state legislature approved the charter for what was to become WMU 106 years earlier, a fact that drew an impromptu singing of "Happy Birthday."
"This is a great demonstration of Bronco pride," WMU President John M. Dunn told the cheering crowd assembled in front of the main Capitol entrance. "It just doesn't get any better than this."
More than 700 Western Michigan University students, faculty, staff and friends attended the event. Participants flocked the corridors, legislative offices and grounds of the Capitol building in Lansing, all sporting special gold T-shirts. Throughout the day, there were Bronco cheers and singing of the fight song, some planned, but many impromptu. A group of music theatre majors performed on the steps of the Capitol to an appreciative audience.
Each of the University's colleges, the Alumni Association, Office of Admissions, University Libraries and other departments were represented with exhibits and information tables. Groups of students threw Frisbees on the lawn, while Buster Bronco rallied supporters. His mechanical counterpart, Robo Bronco, a walking, talking and singing chrome robotic horse, also greeted participants.
Delegations of students and alumni delivered a packet of information to state representatives and senators about the significant contributions of the University. Several state legislators joined the WMU crowd for a group photo on the Capitol steps at the end of the day.
Visit wmich.edu/wmuday for photos and video.
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