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JOURNALISTS: Here are story ideas and a list of selected Purdue events during the next two weeks.

December 2, 2002


1. GOP leadership likely to silence green issues
2. Purdue business school dean, professor
to meet with German Chancellor Schroeder
3. Purdue students provide support to homeless teens


Friday, Dec. 6 – Black Cultural Center sponsors Cultural Arts Festival
Dec. 6-8 – Curtains to rise for PMO Christmas Show


Purdue business school dean, professor
to meet with German Chancellor Schroeder

Richard A. Cosier, dean of Purdue University's Krannert School of Management and Leeds Professor of Management, and Dan E. Schendel, professor of management and dean of the German International Graduate School of Management and Administration (GISMA), will meet on Thursday (12/5) with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder in Berlin.

Also involved in the meeting will be Krannert School alumnus Juergen Grossmann, owner and chief executive officer of Georgsmarienhutte Holding GmbH, and two GISMA officials.

They will discuss the international and American economies, trade, business ethics and American MBA-style education.

GISMA was founded in 1999 as a collaboration between the Krannert School of Management and a German foundation in Hanover, Germany. More than 100 students have received MBAs from the one-year, full-time program, and more than 40 have graduated from the part-time, executive MBA program. Friday (12/6) marks the graduation of the second class of executive MBA students.

Cosier and Schendel will be available to talk to the media about their discussion with Schroeder when they return to campus. Cosier will be back in West Lafayette on Monday (12/9), and Schendel will return Dec. 16.

CONTACT: Cosier, (765) 494-4366,; Schendel, (765) 494-4386,

Purdue students provide support to homeless teens

Purdue University students will work with inner-city youths in Indianapolis to provide backpacks full of necessities to homeless teens. The backpacks will be filled Friday evening (12/6) by Purdue students and 10 to 15 middle school students during a lock-in at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 40 W. 40th St.. Later that night, about 100 backpacks filled with soap, shampoo, hats, gloves, lotion, toothpaste and toothbrushes will be delivered to the Indianapolis Outreach Inc. Center for distribution.

The effort is part of Project High Hopes, a service-learning program for Purdue students. It's offered through a collaboration among Purdue's Krannert School of Management, the Purdue Department of 4-H Youth and the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service office in Marion County.

The lock-in will begin at 6 p.m., and the group will transport the backpacks to the Outreach Center, at 2060 E. 54th St., at 10 p.m. Items for the backpacks were donated by area retailers. The Purdue women's soccer team and fans also collected items and supported the project.

In preparation for the event, Purdue students talked with homeless teens to find out more about their situation.

"Some of the teens are on the street because they want to be. Others want off, but need help," said Justin Tobey, a junior psychology major who is part of the project. He said while some sleep on the streets, others "couch surf," staying a couple of nights at one home and then moving on to another.

CONTACT: Pam Morris, assistant professor of 4-H youth, (765) 494-8293.

GOP leadership likely to silence green issues

Even though the Republicans are in a strategic position to promote the party's environmental policy agenda, a Purdue professor says the public shouldn't expect to hear much about high-profile changes.

"The war on terrorism has control of public policy, and that is what the media is focusing on," says Leigh Raymond, a political science professor, who specializes in environmental policy. "I expect there will be substantial changes in environmental policy, but they won't attract the media's attention."

With leadership from the administration and the Republican Party's control of the House and Senate, environmental issues, such as pursuing oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, are expected to resurface. At the same time, Raymond says the public will see a more aggressive front and a larger recruiting effort from environmental groups.

"Environmental policy is truly an issue that separates Democrats and Republicans," Raymond says. "Even though environmental policy will take a back seat to the war on terrorism, I'm hopeful that international security issues will inspire policies encouraging alternative energy sources."

CONTACT: Raymond, (765) 494-4182,




Black Cultural Center sponsors Cultural Arts Festival
Friday, Dec. 6. 7 p.m. Loeb Playhouse, Stewart Center. The festival will wrap up the Black Cultural Center's Cultural Arts Series, which has featured the Harlem Renaissance. The BCC Performing Arts Ensembles, including the Black Voices of Inspiration, the New Directional Players, the Jahari Dance Troupe and the Haraka Writers, will collaborate in song, dance and drama. The festival will be followed by a "rent party," modeled after the informal gatherings of the 1930s when tenants in Harlem who needed rent money would throw parties. Admission for the rent party is $5 for music, dancing and card playing. Proceeds will be donated to a local charity. CONTACT: Renee Thomas, BCC director, (765) 494-3091,

Curtains to rise for PMO Christmas Show
Dec. 6-8.
The 69th annual PMO Christmas Show will take the stage six times in three days in the Elliott Hall of Music. Show times are: Friday, Dec. 6, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 7, at noon, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Journalists are invited to attend a dress rehearsal from 8-9 p.m. on Tuesday (12/3) in the Elliott Hall of Music. Meet PMO staff before the rehearsal at the office door on the south side of the Elliott Hall of Music. Photos are permitted and student interviews can be arranged. Parking is available at the University Street parking garage. CONTACT: Julie Ricciardi, PMO Club director, (765) 494-3947,

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