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Flying high for football

Maybe some Virginia fans watched the Clemson game on TV this weekend. Maybe some even took a road trip down to South Carolina to see the football team play. But fourth-year Engineering student Scott Stevens literally went above and beyond the call of a Virginia fan.

This weekend, Stevens rented an airplane and flew to the Clemson game. Each year, either Stevens or his friend at Clemson make the trip to the other's school to watch the football game.

Having recently received his pilot's license, Stevens has only been on a few other trips to places such as Roanoke, Richmond, and Washington, D.C. The seven-hour drive to South Carolina is long, and Stevens said he sees flying as a way to save time, although he said it's more expensive.

In addition, he described the view on Saturday as "absolutely gorgeous."

He had planned on staying overnight in South Carolina but was so disappointed about the Clemson loss that he decided to fly back that evening.

Stevens said he might fly to one more game this season, but his plans aren't final yet. The Head Lawn Resident said he's not currently planning on making flying a career.

"It's always an option," he said. "But it's more for fun now."

Good old Orioles

The Fourth-Year Trustees sponsored a trip to Oriole Park at Camden Yards Friday as part of the Alumni Committee's initiative to meet with alumni who live in other cities.

"We tried to organize a trip to meet with the alumni that would also include an extra event," said Mike Christopher, fourth-year Chair of Alumni Relations.

Unfortunately, I-495 traffic held up the bus and the students arrived in Baltimore with just enough time to see the opening pitch.

But the trip was still a success as several fourth-year students went up against a group of Georgetown University students by sharing a rendition of the Good Old Song with the Baltimore fans.

Students from Georgetown inspired the eleventh inning a cappella concert by breaking out in the Hoya fight song in an attempt to spark the Orioles on to an extra inning victory.

Shortly after, the two groups teamed up to build a wave, which circled the stadium six full times before Mike Bordick hit a game winning homerun in the twelfth inning.

"It took a bunch of rowdy fourth years to make it happen," said fourth-year College student Frank Griffiths.

Other highlights from the game included Cal Ripken, Jr. getting four straight hits, just 22 away from 3,000 for his career.

--Compiled by Lindsey Wray and Ted McGraw