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Stepping up to plate

When he was contacted last fall during UD's phonathon, John C. Woodward, BE '74, made a $500 pledge. But, when he sat down to write the check to his alma mater, he made it out for $5,000. Woodward, who owns the Third and Spruce Cafe in West Reading, Pa., says he "thought it was about time to step up to the plate" after paying off the renovation loans for his restaurant, which now seats 300 people and has 22 television screens mostly tuned to sports events. Before Christmas, Woodward and a college friend reminisced during a visit about the good times at Delaware and that also prompted his larger gift, Woodward says.

Cheering the team

Erika D. Gould, AS '93, '95M, a fifth-grade counselor at P.S. duPont Elementary School in Wilmington, Del., spends most fall evenings from 7-10 p.m. practicing with the cheerleading squad of the Philadelphia Eagles football team. "There are 36 of us on the squad," she says, "and we all take part in a pre-game dance at every game." Gould also was on the squad in 1992-93 season while she was still a student. "I was taking a feature writing course and decided to write about the cheerleading auditions," she says. "I ended up making it onto the squad, and my story made it into the newspaper. But, I had to give up cheerleading the next year because of the demands of graduate school."

Pedal power

Cathy and Glenn Jellenik of Wilmington, Del., who met while freshmen at the University, took part in the American Lung Association Big Ride, a 45-day bike trip from Seattle, Wash., to Washington, D.C. According to Glenn, AS '95, each rider raised $6,000 to qualify, which is a big challenge in itself, he says. The couple, who biked to Denver three years ago, prepared by taking part in regional races and working out at the gym. Cathy, AS '91, '97M, works in the language lab at Archmere Academy in Wilmington and Glenn, a soccer and baseball coach at Tatnall School, also works at Dead Presidents, a Wilmington restaurant. The Big Ride began June 1 and ended Aug. 1, with 730 cyclists participating. The Lung Association will announce the final, total amount raised later this fall.