Media Advisory April 25, 1997

Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5616

Still time to see New Voices Friday, April 25, Saturday, April 26

New Voices 15 continues with performances at 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday in Alden Memorial. Saturday will also include a matinee at 2 p.m. The event, a celebration of the theater arts talents of members of the WPI and Worcester communities, is free and open to the public. Here's the schedule: Friday, April 25: Seraphim's Indecision, The Interview, Scream of the Butterfly, Missing Person, and The Snitch. Saturday, April 26, 2 p.m.: The Chili Incident, Missing Person,, The Fright Before Christmas and The Snitch; 8 p.m.: We Are the Cheeze, Waiting for Something, The Magic and the Heat, If You're So Inclined, Name, Life Is Hardcore and Area 48.

See the world at the Cultural Festival Saturday, April 26

Imagine topping off spring vacation with a trip around the world! Imagine seeing countries and cultures you've only dreamed about without the hustle, bustle and expense of a family trip. WPI's Cultural Festival, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, is the perfect place to learn about the heritage and history of other lands - and everything is free.

The International Student Council is sponsoring the festival, which will be held in Harrington Auditorium. "Fifty-five countries are represented on our campus," says Tom Thomsen, associate dean of student life and WPI's international student advisor. "We are celebrating the eleventh year of the Cultural Festival with the largest number of exhibits from individuals in the WPI community and from Worcester schools and organizations. There is something for everyone of every age to enjoy."

Exhibits, multicultural vendors, international videos and calligraphy and origami demonstrations will be ongoing throughout the five-hour event, which will also include a host of wondrous segments according to the following schedule:

11 a.m.: Members of the Hispanic Students Association will perform the merengue and other Latin dances; 11:15 a.m.: City Councilor Janice Nadeau will read the proclamation from Mayor Raymond Mariano, who has designated April 26 Cultural Festival Day; 11:30 a.m.: Kendo demonstration; 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: international foods will be available for sampling; noon: dances from around the world, including India, Turkey and Trinidad; 12:30 p.m.: Tae Kwan Do Demonstration by representatives of Choe's Tae Kwan Do Institute; 1 p.m.: Vietnamese dances performed by students from South High Community School; 1:15 p.m.: Indian students will perform a song and a folk dance; 1:30 p.m.: Tae Kwan Do; Korean students will model Han-bok, traditional Korean clothing; 2:30 p.m.: Latin dances.

Our Mysterious Universe Monday, April 28

Christine Jones-Forman, a professor at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass., will deliver a lecture titled "Hot Gas and Dark Matter in Galaxies and Clusters" at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 28, in Olin Hall 107.

Jones-Forman is a noted expert on large-scale structure in the universe and the origin and evolution of hot gas in galaxies and in clusters of galaxies. Her lecture will focus on how technological advances that have led to the creation of improved telescopes have enabled scientists to observe new and previously unexplored sections of the universe - and how that knowledge has provided clues to how the universe began and how it might end. She is visiting WPI as part of the Harlow Shapley Visiting Lectureship Program supported by the American Astronomical Society and the Shapley Endowment Fund. Shapley was a great astronomer of this century who made a number of important discoveries, including the observation that the sun is far from the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. For more information, call the Physics Department at ext. 5258..

Heightening AIDS awareness Tuesday, April 29

WPI's Panhellenic and Interfraternity councils and the university's Peer Education Team have designated April 28 through May 2 AIDS Awareness Week. Pamphlets and handouts about the disease will be available at an information station, on the electronic bulletin board and the campus TV and radio stations, and on posters hung at various on-campus locations. Students will sell AIDS ribbons in the mail room in Daniels Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, April 28, and will have condom roses and a limited number of T-shirts for sale. Boxes will also be set up to accept donations. Proceeds will benefit the Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

Joel Goldman and T.J. Sullivan will present "Friendship in the Age of AIDS" at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29, in Perreault Hall, Fuller Labs. When Goldman discovered he was infected with HIV his life changed dramatically. He and Sullivan, a fraternity friend from Indiana University, have been touring the country since 1993 - helping people understand the tremendous challenge of life with this virus and, in the process, challenging stereotypes about AIDS and teaching individuals how to reduce the risk of infection. The program is free and open to the public.

Nothing Borden about this lecture Wednesday, April 30

Dr. William L. Masterton, emeritus professor of chemistry at the University of Connecticut, will bring share his interest and insights into an intriguing Bay State murder mystery in his lecture "Lizzie Borden Didn't Do It (At Least I Don't Think She Did!") on Wednesday, April 30, at 4 p.m. in Goddard Hall 227.

Masterton taught college chemistry and advanced chemical thermodynamics and is the author or co-author of numerous editions of best-selling college and high school chemistry textbooks and lab manuals, but his avocation has been to research the infamous Lizzie Borden Case. In this special Chemistry and Biochemistry Colloquium, he will reveal what he has concluded from his research into one of the most fascinating cases in the annals of forensic science - and provide evidence that will prove or disprove whether, in fact, "Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother 40 whacks. When she saw what she had done, she gave her father 41."

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