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URI student group to host 15th annual Oozeball tournament, May 7

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KINGSTON, R.I -- May 5, 2005 -- University of Rhode Island students are looking forward to getting down and dirty in the mud to take a break from hitting the books and to celebrate the end of the semester at the 15th annual Oozeball Tournament.

“This is a major activity with a lot of tradition here at URI,” said Dan Riley, this year’s Oozeball organizer. Since its beginning, the tournament has been run by the Student Alumni Association. “Some of the Alumni come back to play. It helps to bridge the gap between students and alumni.”

The giant elimination volleyball tournament will take place on May 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The proceeds this year will go to the Rhody the Ram Endowment Fund. The fund benefits students who volunteer their time to serve as the Rhody the Ram mascot.

In addition to the mud volleyball, there will also be a pudding eating contest, a belly flop contest and other small contests with prizes throughout the day. “The whole event is just a great opportunity for students to let loose before finals,” explained Riley.

“We are hoping for 150 teams, which would be the most ever,” said Riley, a junior accounting major, political science minor and member of the ZBT fraternity. The teams come from different student organizations, fraternities, sororities, businesses and groups of friends. “The greatest thing is that it isn’t just one group of people,” said Riley. “Everyone comes down to get muddy.”

“It is a good last hoorah before we leave for the year,” Riley said. “When else at our age can we play in the mud and get away with it?”

Riley was an announcer at past Oozeball tournaments. He enjoyed seeing how much fun everyone has when they come together. “This is the one event that really brings the school together,” said Riley.

The event is sponsored by Spike’s Junkyard Dogs, Ronzio Pizza, Bagelz, Durkin Cottage Realty, the Pizza Pocket, the Wheelhouse Tavern, Caliente, University Spirit, URI Musicians Guild, and Student Alumni Association, The Kingston Fire Department will be present and there will also be a disc jockey.