April 16, 2007

'Computer smash' planned for April 26

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A Purdue student group is providing a healthy way to work off frustration with technology during a "computer smash" planned for April 26.

The Purdue student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Graphics and Interactive Techniques (ACM-SIGGRAPH) will hold Anger Management 101 from noon to 4 p.m. on the Engineering Mall.

"We all know that computer equipment can at times be frustrating, and we thought this would be a good way for students, or anyone who works with computers every day, to let off some steam in a fun, controlled environment while at the same time bringing attention to our student organization," said Stephen Woodall, president of ACM-SIGGRAPH.

Participants can pay $1 per 15 seconds up to one minute to take swings with a sledgehammer at computer equipment provided from Purdue salvage. For safety, participants will be required to wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. Hard hats and safety goggles also will be required and will be provided. Proceeds collected will go toward the student organization.

ACM-SIGGRAPH is a group for those interested in computer graphics, with a focus on the science, design, development, construction, languages and management applications of modern computing. The Purdue group's membership includes students from a variety of majors.

The computer smash was scheduled to take place during the Purdue's Technology Week earlier this month, but the event was postponed due to inclement weather.

Writer: Kim Medaris, (765) 494-6998,

Source: Stephen Woodall,

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