April 4, 2003
Purdue students have Grand Prix week alternatives
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. Finding fun won't be a problem for Purdue students during Grand Prix week the only problem will be which of the 30 substance-free events to attend.
Grand Alternative 2003 is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students, with support from the Wesley Foundation, the Student Wellness Office and the Division of Recreational Sports, along with a grant from the Coalition for a Safe and Drug-Free Tippecanoe County. The events will take place during the week of April 20-27, highlighted by the Grand Prix kart race on Saturday, April 26.
The kickoff event is the Grand Prix Convocation at 7 p.m. Monday, April 14, in the Elliott Hall of Music. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students, Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Association, the Purdue Cooperative Council and Alpha Tau Omega, the free event features keynote speaker Mike Green. A popular speaker, Green has delivered alcohol and drug awareness presentations at more than 2,000 campuses over the past 18 years
Other events include concerts, movies, athletic events, guest speakers, tournaments, inflatable games, free food and Grand Prix race activities.
Kristin Bair, Grand Alternative coordinator, says the event is becoming part of the mainstream culture at Purdue.
"We are seeing a growth in the number of organizations getting involved, which has increased the amount of activities and student participation from previous years," Bair says. "Grand Alternative events provide students with safe environments that allow them to unwind before the last week of classes and final exams."
Grand Alternative began five years ago as a single party sponsored by the Wesley Foundation.
Additional events include:
Purdue Triathlon Club Grand Prix Duathlon, 9-11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, Vawter Field.
Leadership Lecture Series, featuring a presentation by Vernon Wall entitled "Lead with Style!" 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, Fowler Hall, Stewart Center.
Risk management information session, 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, Stewart Center, Room 218.
"Who Wants to Win Prizes?" sponsored by the American Sign Language Club, 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, Beering Hall, Room 2280.
"Purdue's Chess Simul," sponsored by the Chess Club, 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, Purdue Memorial Union, Room 184C.
Dive-in Movie: JAWS, sponsored by the Purdue Student Union Board, 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, RSC Aquatic Center.
"Open Mic Night Amateuration," sponsored by the Purdue Student Union Board, 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, LaPosada Room of the Purdue Memorial Union.
"Kegaroke," sponsored by Purdue Catholic Students, 9 p.m. to midnight, Newman Hall, St. Thomas Aquinas Center, 535 W. State St.
"The Ultimate Payback," sponsored by the School of Management Council, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 24, Engineering Mall.
Post Passover Party, sponsored by the Hillel Foundation, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, Hillel Foundation, 912 W. State St.
Mediterranean Café, sponsored by the Israel Council at Purdue University, 8-11 p.m. Thursday, April 24, Hillel Foundation, 912 W. State St.
Arm-Wrestling Challenge, sponsored by Boilers Living Off Campus, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 24, Vawter Field.
World Cup Soccer Tournament Eliminatory Games, sponsored by the Ecuadorian Student Association, 8-10 p.m. Sunday, April 20, Recreational Center North Gym.
"Grand Prix Day," sponsored by the Grand Prix Foundation, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 25, Memorial Mall.
"Battle of the Bands," sponsored by the Purdue Student Union Board, 6 p.m. to midnight, Friday, April 25, Fowler Hall.
Icthus Coffeehouse, sponsored by the Wesley Foundation, 6:30-10 p.m. Friday, April 25, Wesley Foundation, 435 W. State St.
Concert featuring Calibretto, sponsored by Purdue Catholic Students, 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, Newman Hall, St. Thomas Aquinas Center, 535 W. State St.
46th annual Grand Prix race, sponsored by the Grand Prix Foundation, Saturday, April 26. Gates open at 10 a.m. Qualifying races begin at noon with the main event starting at 3 p.m. Tickets are $6 at the gate.
Purdue Running Club Grand 5K, 8-11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26. Runners should meet at the RSC at 8 a.m. Transportation to the cross country course will be provided.
Tiffany Young Memorial Basketball Tournament, sponsored by Intercollegiate Athletics, following the Grand Prix race on Saturday, April 26, Mackey Arena.
Tango workshop, sponsored by La Milonguera Argentinean Tango Club, 1-7 p.m. Saturday, April 26, Purdue Memorial Union South Tower.
Flag football and barbecue, sponsored by the student chapter of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, 2-5 p.m. Saturday, April 26, Happy Hollow Park, Shelter 3.
Outdoor movie "The Recruit," sponsored by the Purdue Student Union Board, approximately 8 p.m. Saturday, April 26, Memorial Mall.
"World Cup Soccer Finals," sponsored by the Ecuadorian Student Association, 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, April 26, RSC North Gym.
"Fondue Your Brain," sponsored by Hillel GAPP, 8 p.m., Saturday, April 26, Hillel Foundation, 912 W. State St.
"The Kegger," sponsored by the Christian Student Center, 8 p.m. Saturday, April 26, Christian Student Center, 115 Waldron St.
Milonga Dance Party, sponsored by La Milonguera Argentinean Tango Club, 8:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday, April 26, Wesley Foundation, 435 W. State St.
"Spring Splash," sponsored by the Hilltop Ambassadors Club, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, April 27, Hilltop parking lot.
Grand Alternative Concert, sponsored by Purdue Student Government, 3 p.m. Sunday, April 27, Slayter Hill.
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