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March 29, 2002

Purdue students celebrate Grand Prix week substance free

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue students looking for fun things to do during Grand Prix week have 32 alcohol-free events from which to choose.

"Grand Alternative 2002" is sponsored by the Dean of Students office, the Grand Prix Foundation and 31 student organizations. The events will take place during the week of April 13-21, highlighted by the Grand Prix kart race on April 20.

The kick-off event is the Grand Prix Convocation at 6:30 p.m. Monday (4/1) in the Elliott Hall of Music. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students, Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Association and the Purdue Cooperative Council, the event features keynote speaker Wendi Fox. Fox uses her unique sense of humor to put a new spin on campus alcohol issues. Local judicial and law enforcement officials also will be on hand to answer questions. The event is free and open to the public.

Other events include concerts, dances, athletic events, guest speakers, tournaments, inflatable games, free food and Grand Prix Race activities.

Tim Rumple, Grand Alternative coordinator, says students enjoy "letting off some steam" before the end of the semester.

"It's a time to have fun and enjoy the last week of regular classes," Rumple says. "Grand Alternative helps to provide a safe way for students to relax and have fun before concentrating on final exams."

Grand Alternative events include:

• Triathlon Club Grand Prix Duathlon – Saturday, April 13, 9 a.m., Vawter Field.

• Purdue Grand Prix Foundation Grand Prix Qualifications – Saturday, April 13, 11 a.m., Grand Prix track.

• Purdue Society of Professional Engineers Engineering Golf Scramble – Sunday, April 14, staggered tee times, Purdue Golf Course ($20 student fee).

• Greek Intervarsity end of the year party – Sunday, April 14, 1-6 p.m., Pickett Park.

• Ambassador Club (Hilltop) Spring Splash – Sunday, April 14, 3-7 p.m., Hilltop parking lot.

• Purdue Student Government Grand Prix Kick Off Concert featuring Better Than Ezra – Sunday, April 14, 7 p.m., Slayter Center.

• Purdue Grand Prix Foundation Grand Prix Qualifications – Monday, April 15, 5:30 p.m., Grand Prix track.

• Division of Recreational Sports Ultimate Frisbee Tournament – April 15-20, 6 p.m. to midnight, Recreational Sports Center.

• Environmental Science Club and Sustainable Purdue Earth Day – Tuesday, April 16, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Memorial Mall and Stewart Center.

• Purdue Lutheran Ministry, Baptist Student Foundation, Episcopal Campus Ministry Mini Grand Prix – Tuesday, April 16, 5-7 p.m., Baptist Student Foundation.

• Purdue Grand Prix Foundation Grand Prix Qualifications – Tuesday, April 16, 5:30 p.m., Grand Prix track.

• Hillel Foundation Game Night – Wednesday, April 17, 7-9 p.m., Hillel, 912 W. State St.

• Purdue Catholic Students Kegeroke – Wednesday, April 17, 9 p.m. to midnight, Newman Hall, St. Thomas Aquinas Center.

• Purdue Habitat for Humanity Camp on Campus – Thursday, April 18, 2 p.m. until next morning, Memorial Mall.

• Purdue Grand Prix Foundation Grand Prix Bed Race – Thursday, April 18, 6 p.m., Grand Prix track (entry fee required).

• Ballroom Dance Club's The Decade Dance – Thursday, April 18, 6:30-9 p.m., University Church basement.

• Adventist Collegiate Fellowship Pizza, Rags and Bible – Thursday, April 18, 7 p.m., Steven C. Beering Hall of Liberal Arts and Education, Room 2290.

• Division of Recreational Sports Club's RSC Hip Hop – Thursday, April 18, 8 p.m., Recreational Sports Center East Gym.

• Purdue Grand Prix Foundation Grand Prix Day – Friday, April 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Memorial Mall.

• Purdue Student Union Board Grand Slam - Inflatables – Friday, April 19, 5 p.m. to midnight, Memorial Mall.

• Purdue Student Union Board Grand Slam "Battle of the Bands" – Friday, April 19, 6 p.m. to midnight, Fowler Hall.

• Russian Club Banquet – Saturday, April 19, 7 p.m., University Church.

• Wesley Foundation Icthus Coffeehouse – Friday, April 19, 8 p.m., Wesley Foundation.

• Stewart Cooperative Rootbeer Riot – Friday, April 19, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., Stewart Cooperative, 800 Northwestern Ave.

• Purdue Grand Prix Foundation Grand Prix Car Show – Saturday, April 20, all day, lot south of Grand Prix track.

• Purdue Grand Prix Foundation 45th Grand Prix Race Day – Saturday, April 20, Grand Prix track, gates open at 10 a.m. (cost to students, $6).

– Sprint race 1, noon.

– Sprint race 2, 12:30 p.m.

– Sprint race 3, 1 p.m.

– Alumni race, 1:30 p.m.

– Main event, 3 p.m.

• National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers Spades Tournament – Saturday, April 20, 1-6 p.m., Old Billiard Room in Purdue Memorial Union.

• Christian Student Center "The Kegger" – Saturday, April 20, 8 p.m., Christian Student Center, 115 Waldron St.

• Purdue Night Train "Night Train Night Out" – Saturday, April 20, 8 p.m. to midnight, PMU South Tower (cost to students, $3).

• National Residence Hall Honorary Block Party– Sunday, April 21, 1-4 p.m., Vawter Field.

Grand Alternative began in 1999 with a party hosted by the Wesley Foundation. The events are partially funded by a grant from the Coalition for a Drug-Free Tippecanoe County. Grand Alternative 2002 is coordinated by Purdue's Office of the Dean of Students, the Division of Recreational Sports, the Student Wellness Office and the Wesley Foundation.

For more information on Grand Alternative 2002 events, contact Tim Rumple at (765) 494-5407,

CONTACT: Tim Rumple, (765) 494-5407,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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