Media Advisory - March 26, 1998

Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5616

The following upcoming events at WPI may be of media interest. For more information, call the News Service at 831-5305 or the individual or department identified at the end of each notice.

More than 160 teams from 10 Massachusetts regional tournaments will converge on the WPI campus on Saturday, March 28, for Odyssey of the Mind's statewide tournament. The event, the largest worldwide creative problem-solving competition for students in kindergarten through college, will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in various on-campus locations. For more information, call Barbara Mann-Sandberg at 978-462-8171.

Class of 1879 Awards for Outstanding Projects in the Humanities will be presented on Tuesday, March 31, at 4 p.m. in Higgins House. This year, 50 Humanities Sufficiencies were submitted for consideration by the judges, who will award honorable mention certificates and announce three winners during the event.

Dr. Warren Leon of the Union of Concerned Scientists will present "Global Warming, the United States and You" at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, in Olin Hall 107. The colloquium is sponsored by the Physics Department and the Environmental Club. Leon will address such issues as the future of a recent international agreement to reduce emissions of heat-trapping gases that threaten to change the climate and what the U.S. and individuals can and should be doing to reduce the threat of global warming. For more information about the program call Stephen Pierson, assistant professor of physics, at 831-5391.

Traditions Day, the WPI Student Alumni Society's annual celebration of the University's history and culture, will be observed this year on Wednesday, April 1, and Thursday, April 2. The activities begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday with a Candlelight Procession from Harrington Auditorium to Higgins House. Thursday's highlights include an exhibit from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Upper Wedge that focuses on WPI traditions; the Freshman-Sophomore Pennant Rush at 4:30 p.m. and Cage Ball at 5 p.m. on the football field; and WPI Jeopardy at 7 p.m. and Skit Night at 8 p.m. in Riley Commons. Additional information is available by calling the Student Activities Office at 831-5291.

On Saturday, April 4, WPI will host Worcester's annual Operation Clean City. Students and faculty from Colleges of Worcester Consortium schools will assemble at 9 a.m. in Perreault Hall, Fuller Labs to receive their assignments and be transported to different areas of the city. Four hundred volunteers are expected to take part in this year's event, which will end with a barbecue at 1 p.m. at WPI. Hosting duties rotate among the colleges. For more information, call Andrea Dorow, assistant director of student activities, at 831-5291.

WPI's will sponsor a One-Day Basketball Clinic for girls and boys ages 8 through 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, in Harrington Auditorium. Members of the varsity basketball team will teach basketball skills and engage the youngsters in fun contests including three-point and free-throw shooting during this annual event. Domino's Pizza and Coke are providing lunch. The cost is $20. For more information, call the Physical Education and Athletics Department at 831-5243.

WPI's International Student Council will sponsor its 12th annual Cultural Festival from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, in Alden Memorial. The event, which is free and open to the public, is an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about the heritage and history of members of WPI's diverse community through music, dance, food and fashions, and by talking to the students and faculty members who will be on hand to share their love of their native lands.

"More than 60 countries are represented on our campus," says Tom Hartvig Thomsen, director of international students and scholars. "Students from many of those nations as well as WPI administrators, faculty and students and individuals from the city's schools and organizations will be taking part in the festival."

Exhibits, international videos and calligraphy and origami demonstrations will be ongoing throughout the four-hour event. Dances will be performed by South High Community School students from South East Asia and Puerto Rico, members of WPI's Hispanic Students Association, and students from Turkey and Bangladesh. Members of the Black Student Union will perform a step show, practitioners will demonstrate Tae Kwan Do, Japanese students will demonstrate a traditional tea ceremony, and the food of many countries will be available for sampling. "We encourage everyone to come to the Cultural Festival for an informative and fun-filled afternoon," says Thomsen.

"On the fourth day of the fourth month will be the fourth concert..." The fourth annual Acapellafest concert will be held Saturday, April 4th in Riley Commons beginning at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for the event, which will feature WPI's own acapella groups as well as groups from MIT, Mt. Holyoke College, RPI, and Wellesley College, are available in advance for $4 (students) and $6.

The brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon will sponsor Health Awareness Day on Sunday, April 5, on the WPI Quadrangle. West Street House, Alcoholics Anonymous, the Rape Crisis Program, Planned Parenthood, MADD, SADD, DARE, and the WPI Healthy Alternatives and Health Services offices are among the agencies and offices that will have booths set up from noon to 6 p.m. on the Quad to distribute information and answer questions. Several vendors will also take part in the event. Refreshments will be available. agencies and offices will set up information booths. Participants include Rahn Fleming, who has been a consultant on alcohol and drug education at Dartmouth College and Wentworth Institute of Technology for more than 10 years, will speak in the Lower Wedge from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The day will conclude with a performance by x-rated hypnotist Jim Spinnato from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Harrington Auditorium. Admission is $1; proceeds will benefit the American Foundation for AIDS Research.

The importance of risk management and education to campus-life issues, particularly alcohol, and the recent deaths of students at several colleges formed the genesis for the event. "It should not take the death of our peers to realize that these issues are real and are faced by many of us on a daily basis," says Interfraternity Council vice president and former Sig Ep president Chris Modica, a WPI graduate student. "With our sponsorship of Health Awareness Day, our fraternity is taking a proactive role at WPI and within the community."

At 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 5, in Alden Memorial, the WPI Orchestra, directed by Administrator of Applied Music Douglas Weeks, and the 16 musicians and dancers of Los Pleneros del Coco, led by Carlos de Leon, will present a concert of traditional Western and Caribbean music. The program, which is free and open to the public, will feature the music of bomba y plena from the island of Puerto Rico.

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