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February 1, 2007

Purdue residents going 'big screen' for Super Bowl

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University Residences will hold some of the largest Super Bowl parties in Indiana on Sunday (Feb. 4) in gatherings that will attract hundreds of Colts and Bears fans to watch the game on 9-foot-tall screens and wide-screen plasma televisions.Purdue's location between Indianapolis and Chicago has increased Super Bowl anticipation as large numbers of fans living in close quarters engage in good-natured rivalry. "Mismatched" roommates, individuals with divided loyalties and international students experiencing their first Super Bowl will be among those gathered at the parties.

All Purdue residences have large-screen plasma or LCD televisions or projection-screen television systems. The on-campus cable television provider, Boiler Television, will pull into the system an enhanced digital broadcast signal of the game from WISH-TV to ensure a better picture on televisions campuswide.

Super Bowl viewing parties will take place at the following locations:

*  Cary Quadrangle, a men's hall, will show the game on several projection screens throughout the 1,200-resident complex. The southwest unit party will be held in an L-shaped room that provides areas for both Colts and Bears fans.

*  Harrison Hall will show the game on plasma screens in its new Harrison Grille restaurant.

*  Hillenbrand Hall will show the game on four large screens in the dining court and project it in its atrium.

*  McCutcheon Hall will show the game in the North Activity Room. The party will include food, trivia and prizes.

*  Earhart Hall is equipping its recreation lounge with a projection screen and several smaller TVs, decorating in opposing team colors and serving pizza and snacks.

*  Owen Hall will show the game on its two large-screen TVs.

With nearly 12,000 on-campus residents, Purdue University Residences is the largest collegiate residence system in the nation where participation is entirely voluntary.

Writer: Jim Schenke, (765) 494-6262,

Source: Tom Paczolt, director of residential life, (765) 494-1000

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

Note to Journalists: Members of the media are welcome to attend Super Bowl parties at Purdue Residence Halls. For more information, contact Jim Schenke, Purdue News Service, at (765) 494-6262,

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