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York U celebrates Red & White Day on March 26

TORONTO, March 25, 2014 – York University has a strong and vibrant community spirit. On March 26, the University celebrates its 55th birthday and to mark the occasion, York students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear red and white, or York gear. This year’s event features a special addition – York community members will gather at the Harry W. Arthurs Common on the Keele campus for the University’s first-ever aerial photograph at 1 pm for a spectacular visual display of the York colours.

Other highlights include the unveiling of the CIS Men’s Championship Track Team (members of the team will be in attendance) during the Spirit Rally at the Student Centre at noon, and food trucks along Campus Walk from 10 am to 4 pm.

“By wearing our colours, we show our pride and passion for this great University,” says York’s President and Vice-Chancellor Mamdouh Shoukri. “As our visual identity, our colours help to unite our incredibly diverse community of 65,000. I look forward to seeing you all on the Common for this historic aerial photograph.”

What: York University’s Red & White Day

When: Wednesday, March 26

Spirit Rally at 12 pm, group aerial photo at 1 pm

Full schedule of events: http://www.yorku.ca/redwhite/schedule/

Where: Student Centre and Harry W. Arthurs Common, Keele campus (Building 23 and the area at D6 on the map)

York University is helping to shape the global thinkers and thinking that will define tomorrow. York’s unwavering commitment to excellence reflects a rich diversity of perspectives and a strong sense of social responsibility that sets us apart. A York U degree empowers graduates to thrive in the world and achieve their life goals through a rigorous academic foundation balanced by real-world experiential education. As a globally recognized research centre, York is fully engaged in the critical discussions that lead to innovative solutions to the most pressing local and global social challenges. York’s 11 faculties and 27 research centres are thinking bigger, broader and more globally, partnering with 288 leading universities worldwide. York's community is strong − 55,000 students, 7,000 faculty and staff, and more than 250,000 alumni.

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Media Contact: Tabassum Siddiqui, Media Relations, York University, 416 736 2100 ext. 44543, tsiddiq@yorku.ca