Join in the fun at York’s 49th birthday bash today

Get the red and white out, York is celebrating its 49th birthday today with festivities, entertainment, cake and more. With over 5,000 students expected to participate, the event is shaping up to be one of the biggest of the year.

Free cake is available today from 11am to 7pm in the East Bear Pit in Central Square, in the Student Centre and in York Lanes. The official cake cutting ceremony will take place in the Student Centre food court from 1 to 2pm, followed by a dazzling stage show, featuring student performances, from 3 to 5pm.

Right: The York Lions will roam the halls today in celebration of York’s birthday

New this year is the "Special 49th Birthday Gift". Anyone wearing either red or York gear can collect a 49th birthday gift from 11am to 7pm at the East Bear Pit or the Student Centre. And that’s not all. This year "Bonne Fête" celebrations are happening at York’s Glendon campus as well.

"I’m really excited about this event. I want to make the 49th birthday count and create great memories of my time at York," says Morgane Audoin, an exchange student from France and the coordinator for the event at Glendon, who will not be at York next year when it celebrates its 50th.

York’s birthday celebration is bigger and better than ever with many Keele campus vendors getting involved in the celebrations. Just mention York’s birthday and receive these special offers:

  • Yorkshop/Bookstore – 20 per cent off all red t-shirts and sweaters from March 24 to 26
  • Berries and Blooms – 15 per cent off on self-serve fruit/vegetable salads and sandwiches
  • Daisy Gift Shop – 20 per cent off everything
  • Mangia Mangia – two slices of pizza plus a drink for $5; large smoothie for $3.99
  • Popeye’s Chicken – discounted meals all day
  • Sakura Japanese Foods – 10 per cent off everything
  • Subway – $1 off foot-long subs and 50 cents off six-inch subs
  • Tastes Healthy Foods – regular sandwiches for only $3.50
  • The Second Cup – buy one, get one free (Vanilla Bean Latte, Strawberry Cream Smoothie)
  • The Campus Bubble Tea – 10 per cent off on the original bubble tea

The event is organized by york is U, the student alumni program, and there’s even a YouTube video celebrating York’s 49th posted on york is U’s Web site.

For more information, visit the york is U Web site.