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Stormy weather halts Spring Fling

By Audrey DeAnda
Arizona Daily Wildcat
April 2, 1999
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After 40-degree temperatures and rainfall canceled Spring Fling's scheduled opening yesterday, the annual carnival may suffer another loss if the inclement weather does not improve.

Associated Students officials yesterday expressed disappointment because the event's opening day was pushed back, and have their fingers crossed for clearer skies today.

"We're just being really optimistic and hoping that storm breaks," said Spring Fling Director Chantelle Brewer. "With any outside event, you're taking a chance."

The National Weather Service predicted that today's temperatures would reach the mid 50s and the University of Arizona campus would likely see scattered rain showers throughout the day.

If clearer skies surface, Spring Fling organizers plan to honor the "Wristband Night" special from last night, which allows visitors unlimited rides for $18. College students will also be allowed in the door for free with a UA CatCard.

But if the April showers continue, the 100 student-sponsored clubs that host booths on McKale Lawn may not see the money they expected, she said.

"My main concern is for the clubs now," Brewer said. "We're just hoping the revenue can stay at least where we anticipated."

Last year, student clubs raised about $85,000 from the three-day event. Spring Fling cost ASUA $168,000 this year in the form of a loan from UA budget office.

"Anytime you don't open an event on time, you're going to lose revenue," Brewer said.

The field was in decent condition yesterday, but the event's directors checked with the national weather forecast and saw the stormy conditions would only worsen.

"We didn't want to open and have the clubs out there with a low attendance," Brewer said.

Alpha Chi Omega President Jen Graves said her sorority was teaming up with Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity to sell Papa John's pizza at the event.

"We're disappointed because we wanted to get started," said Graves, a regional development senior. "We're hoping it's open (today) and things get underway."