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MONDAY 13.09.2004
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IOI 2004 "takes off" with songs and dances



The opening ceremony of the 16th International Olympiad for Informatics, held yesterday in the large Auditorium of Philosophy Faculty of Athens University, will be an event to remember for many of us, as our guests had their first real contact with another side of the Greek mentality, enjoying traditional as well as popular songs and dances, from all over the country. For the vast majority of the contestants and their leaders in the fully-packed Auditorium (top photo), it was the first time to listen "live" to bouzouki, to feast upon the colorful dresses of the girls and the somber ones of the boys costumes (high-school students themselves, like them), to enjoy the music played and sung by the all female (minus one) band of the Music High School of Pallini.



Of course, you've heard the speeches (the vice rector of the UofA, the vice president of TEI of Athens, the representatives of EPEAEK, chairman Piele and chairman Bakogiannis) and you've been praised for your interest and specialization on Informatics. Yet, the epitome of the day was something said by the Minister of Education in her recorded message - that the man is still (and always will be) the master of technology. And this is something we should all bear in mind ...
Spyros Bakogiannis Dr. D. Assimakopoulos, Vice Rector of the University of Athens
The Opening Act, the group from the Music High School of Pallini