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Pembroke Day: Around the clock fun

By Kelly Mayo
Managing Editor

October 18, 2012

Photo by Nikki Scott

Many people from around Pembroke came to sell goods, such as these homemade yard decorative ornaments.
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The University and the Town of Pembroke came together under sunny skies to celebrate Pembroke Day on Sept. 26.

Several thousand students, faculty, administrators, staff members and local business owners converged on the Quad to learn about UNCP's campus organizations and community services and promote a strong relationship between the University and the town.

About 150 student organizations represented themselves at Pembroke Day, including Greek organizations like Zeta Tau Alpha and Theta Xi, professional groups like Student Government Association and clubs like the English Club and Sexuality and Gender Alliance.

Most groups gave freebies to guests, including candy, pens, flyers, brochures and other items to advertise themselves. Public Schools of Robeson County gave out black mesh backpacks.

Local businesses selling jewelry, artwork and other wares sold and advertised to guests on the Quad.

Local elementary, middle and high school groups attended Pembroke Day on field trips to explore the campus.

Representatives of Southeastern Regional Medical Center conducted screenings for diabetes, high blood pressure and other diseases at the health fair, also held on the Quad, that coincided with Pembroke Day.

The Baptist Campus Ministry hosted its traditional Jail-A-Thon at Pembroke Day. For a small fee, guests could choose somebody for the "cops" to arrest and escort to jail. Prisoners were released after a certain amount of time, or after paying a fee to leave.

Guests enjoyed entertainment throughout the day. The Pembroke Singers sang the National Anthem, and Southern Sun performed the American Indian Honor Song to open Pembroke Day.

The UNCP Marching Band, the University Chorale and the UNCP Jazz Combo played near the water feature. Christian band Fireset and singer Victoria Huggins also sang onstage next to Moore Hall.

Local pageant girls also attended Pembroke Day. Miss UNCP Jocelyn Hunt, Miss Lumbee Courtney Lewis, Little Miss Lumbee Liliana Locklear and other pageant winners sang and spoke onstage to the audience about themselves.

Locklear said in the future she wanted to be "a rock star and the CEO of Toys 'R Us."

For the second year, the University did not serve a meal during Pembroke Day. Instead, guests were served cookies and punch.

An independent vendor served fair foods like chili cheese fries and funnel cakes. The Friends of the Library sold grilled hot dogs for $1.

KFC gave bite-sized samples of chicken and representatives of Taco Bell dressed as a taco and a packet of hot sauce to entertain and advertise to guests.

Chancellor Kyle R. Carter, Mayor Milton Hunt, Lumbee Tribe Chairman Paul Brooks, Pembroke Area Chamber of Commerce President Kim Pevia and SGA President Robert Nunnery welcomed the crowd, praised the good weather and wished all guests an enjoyable day.

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