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September 25, 1997


Homecoming got off to a glorious start this year with the Panthers' 21-17 upset of 22nd-ranked Miami on Sept. 18. And the fireworks didn't end there. Neither did the laser show, dancing, free arcade games and other festivities, including a Sept. 20 Murder Mystery Night in the Cathedral of Learning's Commons Room.

Guest stiff for the Pitt Alumni Association fundraiser was Chancellor Mark Nordenberg, seen below, moments before his tragic and not-entirely-accidental fall. The fact is, the man (or a reasonable facsimile) was pushed! Guests paid $1 to $5 for clues and later submitted their guesses of the murderer's identity. They also participated in a silent auction and a "Death by Chocolate Buffet." Below right, alumni association president Andrew Kuzneski auctions off a Panthers helmet, jersey and tickets to the Oct. 11 Notre Dame game. Laura Smiley, pictured below with Nordenberg and his reasonable facsimile, was one of five Pitt theatre arts graduates who played characters in the farce. Proceeds from the evening benefited the alumni association's scholarship fund.

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