Media Advisory, April 8

Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5616

The following programs at WPI may be of potential media interest. For more information, call the News Service at 831-5305.

Reminder: EMSEP Awards
Thursday, April 10

WPI's EMSEP (Excellence in Mathematics, Science and Engineering Program) will honor its Class of 1997, the first class to complete all four years at the university, at an awards ceremony at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, in Alden Memorial. A reception will follow in Riley Commons. EMSEP was established in 1993 to increase recruitment and retention of underrepresented students of color at WPI.

Operation College Cleanup
Saturday, April 12

More than 250 WPI undergraduates will be among the 600 students from the Colleges of Worcester Consortium expected to take part in Operation College Cleanup on Saturday, April 12. Participants will meet at Worcester State College to pick up supplies and be assigned to a work group. They will be transported to their locations and clean the area until about 1 p.m., when they will return to WSC for a barbecue. For more information, call the WPI Student Activities Office at 831-5291.

A grand slam for the MDA
Sunday, April 13

The brothers of Phi Gamma Delta will sponsor the Phi Gam Slam, a double elimination, 3-on-3 tourney, from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 13, in Harrington Auditorium. Administrators, faculty, staff and students will form teams for the event, which will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Prizes will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place finishers. For more information, call 752-1838.

Traditions Day
Tuesday, April 15, Wednesday, April 16

Traditions Day, WPI's annual celebration of the people and events in its 131-year history, will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15, with a Candle Walk that will start out on the Quadrangle and go around the campus to Higgins House. A reception with current and alumni members of the Student Alumni Society will follow at the home of President Edward Parrish. The calendar for Wednesday, April 16, is filled with activities and exhibits of interest to members of the WPI community and the public. The Traditions Day program includes exhibits in the Wedge from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; the Freshman-Sophomore Pennant Rush at 4:30 p.m. on the football field; a Cageball Competition on the field immediately after this event; WPI Jeopardy at 7 p.m. in Riley Commons; and the Alma Mater Singing Contest at 8 p.m. in Riley.

Later this month

WPI students will continue their tradition of community service with involvement in the following programs and events. The Student Activities Office (508-831-5291) works with individual organizations to coordinate their activities.. Additional information will be sent to the media as the dates of these programs near.

April 18-23

Members of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and Alpha Gamma Delta sorority will sponsor a teeter-totterathon for 120 hours to raise money for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Contacts: Student Activities, boy@wpi.edu or sturteva@wpi.edu.

April 19, 20

Special Olympics: Tau Kappa Epsilon will run the Basketball Competition from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, and the Power Lifting Competition on April 19 in Kinnicutt Hall. Theta Chi will sponsor the Bowling Competition from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days at Thunderbird Lanes in Auburn, Mass. Contact: Student Activities.

April 19, 23, 25

Hoop Dreams: The program, sponsored by WPI and the Friends of the Worcester Library, will involve approximately 100 11-to 16-year olds, primarily from Girls Inc., Frinedly House and the Boys and Girls Club. On April 19, at 10 a.m. the movie Hoop Dreams will be shown in Perreault Hall. WPI students will lead small group discussions about the movie and about college life. On April 23, WPI coaches and athletes will lead a Basketball Clinic from 10 a.m. to noon in Harrington Auditorium. The clinic will be followed by a Lego Contest with assistance from WPI students and faculty. WPI volunteers will be on had for the open recreation part of the program on April 25, when the mural competition will also be held. WPI Contact: William Baller, adjunct assistant professor of history, at 831-5145.

April 21

Robert Ramos-Perea, a Puerto Rican playwright, actor, director, journalist, researcher and theater critic, will present "Politics, Traditions, Society and Intellectuals: Cultural Relationships Between Puerto Rico and the United States" at 5:15 p.m. on Monday, April 21. The lecture is sponsored by WPI's Humanities and Arts Department and the Student Speakers Fund.

The Muslim Students Association will present a lecture by Dr. Jamal Badawi, a professor at St. Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He will speak at 7:30 p.m. on April 21 in Newell Hall, Salisbury Labs. Badawi is founder/chairman of the Islamic Information Network, which has produced more than 350 television programs on Islam that thave been broadcast on cable stations in the United States, Canada, and other countries. At WPI he will discuss recent findings in the field of embryology and their agreement with Qur-anic revelations on that discipline. Additional funding for the lecture has been received from the International Student Council and the Student Life Office. Contact: Absar Kazmi '98 at kazman@wpi, or the Student Life Office at 831-5201.

April 28, 29:

Members of WPI's Panhellenic Association will sell AIDS ribbons in the Wedge in Morgan Hall to raise money for the Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Contacts: con@wpi.edu or the Student Activities Office for more information.

April 29, 8 p.m., Harrington Auditorium

"Friendship in the Age of Aids," featuring Joel Goldman, who will talk about his personal story of living with AIDS. Contact: Student Activities Office.