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Senior Week to Feature Petting Zoo

The week's events begin at 11 a.m. today with free popcorn in the Pit and run through Thursday. Senior Class Secretary Shawn Brooks said senior week offers a little something for everyone.

"Senior Week is important because it marks one of the only times for seniors to come together and unite," Brooks said.

Senior class officials said that while the fall Senior Week has not traditionally been as involved as the spring version, they have expanded its offerings this year. Officials also said they have scheduled more events on campus this year to make Senior Week less of a social event and to include the seniors who are not yet 21.

"In the past, the primary focus of senior week revolved around clubs and parties," Brooks said. "(This fall) it doesn't just focus on social activities."

Senior Class Vice President Ursula Dimmling said funding for Senior Week came from three sources: T-shirt sales, the General Alumni Association and money left over from last year's senior class. The money then funds the activities, which are free to all seniors who want to participate.

One of the new on-campus activities is the senior petting zoo, which will give seniors the chance to mingle with baby animals. The zoo will be set up from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Pit.

On Tuesday night, the Senior Success Series, which is intended to help seniors prepare to leave UNC and enter the work force, kicks off with an etiquette dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the George Watts Hill Alumni Center. Students must purchase tickets in advance from the GAA. After the dinner, seniors are invited to Gotham night club from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. to participate in a Halloween costume competition.

At noon Wednesday, seniors can participate in games such as kickball and Twister in Polk Place. There also will be a table set up in the quad where seniors can sign out footballs and flying discs.

The Senior Success Series will continue Wednesday night in the alumni center with a seminar titled, "Show me the Money!" The seminar begins at 6 p.m. and will educate seniors on how to negotiate their salary offers and understand benefits when searching for employment.

Senior Week comes to a close Thursday night at Lucy's with a Senior Bar Night. There will be a $3 cover charge that will be contributed to the senior class gift, the Unsung Founders' Memorial.

Senior Class President Ben Singer said he is excited about having the senior events on campus all week but that the petting zoo has him especially intrigued.

He said with a laugh, "It will be interesting to see all of these animals."

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