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Nov. 29: Carnegie Mellon Students Strut Their Stuff in "Building Virtual Worlds" Show

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Byron Spice                        
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Anne Watzman
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Eric Sloss
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Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Students Strut
Their Stuff in "Building Virtual Worlds" Show

BVWEVENT: For more than 10 years, the raucous stage show that marks semester's end for the "Building Virtual Worlds" class has been a Carnegie Mellon campus phenomenon.  The interdisciplinary project course, http://www.etc.cmu.edu/bvw/index.html, attracts students from computer science, drama, engineering, art and other departments who work in teams to develop interactive virtual worlds. The often hilarious, colorful and exhilarating show allows students to show off their best projects to a standing room only audience. Created by renowned Computer Science Professor Randy Pausch, the class now is taught by Jesse Schell, assistant professor in the Entertainment Technology Center, a joint operation of the College of Fine Arts and School of Computer Science. "What I think is special about the show is that it is unlike anything else - it is a mix of performance art, video games, computer animation and audience participation - a virtual reality vaudeville show that has become a Carnegie Mellon tradition," Schell said.

WHEN: 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5.

WHERE: McConomy Auditorium, first floor of the University Center. Rangos 3, located on the second floor of the University Center, will also have 100 seats to watch the live video stream of the BVW production.

Note: Parking is available to journalists in the East Campus Garage, adjacent to the University Center. Because a capacity crowd is anticipated, please advise media relations if you plan to attend.

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The image above is a screenshot from one of the Building Virtual Worlds projects.