On and Off the Ave
A collection of newsworthy items from the pages of Columns.
As a result of a $1 million gift from the Seattle Seahawks and team owner Paul Allen, Husky Stadium has a new playing surfaceFieldTurf, a synthetic surface that duplicates the playing conditions of real grass. Beneath the plastic grass fibers is an infill of sand and ground rubber. Allen's Seahawks are playing in the stadium for the 2000 and 2001 seasons while their new home is built in downtown Seattle. Illustration by Ken Shafer.
The Quad, lined with a bevy of Yoshino cherry trees (above), has long been a beloved landmark of the UW campus. The Class of 1959 intends to keep the tradition going with its class giftreplacing the aging cherry trees. The class will purchase an initial set of young trees this year and set up a schedule with the UW Landscape Architect's office to replace the current trees as they die over the next 10 to 15 years. The first new tree will be planted at a Homecoming ceremony on Oct. 21. Class of 1959 graduates who want to volunteer can call 1-800-AUW-ALUM. Contributions should be made out to the "UW Foundation" and sent to Cherry Tree Project, c/o Dixie Thompson Porter, 1415 N.E. 45th Street, Seattle WA 98105. Photo by Mary Levin.
The Washington women's varsity crew wrote its name in the history books as it defeated the University of Victoria (Canada) in the grand final of the inaugural women's open eight race at the Henley Royal Regatta in Henley-on-Thames, England in July. The Huskies captured the Henley Prize, the first women's trophy awarded since the historic regatta began in 1839. Celebrating the achievement are (from left) Nicole Rogers, Vanessa Tavalero, Theresa Nygren-Birkholz, Nicole Borges, Lindsey Horton, Sabina Telenska, Rika Geyser and Anna Mickelson. Photo courtesy Husky Media Relations.
The Barron family had plenty to smile about in June. Mother Patricia Barron, left, daughter Tania, center, and father Ruben, right, were among the 4,800 graduates at Husky Stadium during the June 10 commencement ceremonies. It is believed to be the first time the school has awarded bachelor's degrees to both parents and a child at the same ceremony. Photo courtesy Barron family.