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April 13: Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Spring Carnival Set for April 16-18

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Media Advisory:
Carnegie Mellon Spring Carnival Set for April 16-18

Please Note Traffic Alert

EVENT: Carnegie Mellon University will hold its annual Spring Carnival Thursday, April 16 through Saturday, April 18. Admission to the Spring Carnival and Sweepstakes buggy races is free and open to the public.

This year's Spring Carnival opening ceremony, scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday, April 16 on the "Midway," will include remarks by President Jared Cohon and a performance by Carnegie Mellon's Kiltie Band. Carnegie Mellon student organizations will design, build and host more than 30 booths focused on the theme "Epic Adventures." The booths, often reaching two stories in height, include "Jack and the Bean Stalk," "Finding Nemo," "A Walk Through Wonderland" and "Back to the Future."

Student organizations will compete for a variety of booth design honors, including the Excellence in Environmental Building Practices Award. Gary Saulson, director of corporate real estate for PNC Bank, will present the $500 award to the "greenest" booth based upon materials selection, waste minimization, lighting efficiency and overall environmental stewardship and innovation.

New for 2009, Spring Carnival will feature interactive experiences from Get in Line (http://getinlinegames.com), a project at Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center designed to make waiting or standing in queues more fun and interactive. Campus visitors will have the opportunity to use their cell phones to play games on large community screens. Guests can visit the Get in Line carnival tent to create their own avatars online and track achievements they earn while playing games.

The Sweepstakes buggy races, a tradition since 1920, will be held Friday and Saturday mornings, April 17–18. If inclement weather causes the cancellation of the Friday and Saturday competitions, races will be held Sunday, April 19, during the same time frame. Buggies are aerodynamic vehicles designed and built by student organizations throughout the year.  Each buggy holds a driver who steers and maneuvers around a 4,400-foot course. Just an inch off the ground, the buggies reach speeds of nearly 30 miles per hour. Buggy teams include five students who push the buggies in a relay-style race up hills and to the finish line.

CmuTV will broadcast full-scale event coverage of the buggy races on channel 17 and stream coverage at www.cmuTV.org/buggy/. The student radio station, WRCT 88.3 FM, will also provide coverage, including live interviews and play-by-play commentary.

WHEN: Buggy races will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday, April 17, and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 18. Carnival activities will be held 3 -11 p.m. on Thursday, April 16; 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. on Friday, April 17; and 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 18.

WHERE: Spring Carnival activities will take place in the Morewood Gardens parking lot, across the street from Cyert and Hamburg halls. Buggy races will be held on Tech and Frew streets, and Schenley Drive.

TRAFFIC ALERT:
The City of Pittsburgh has granted permits to close several Oakland-area roads for Carnegie Mellon's Sweepstakes buggy races Friday, April 17, and Saturday, April 18. If inclement weather causes the cancellation of the Friday and Saturday competitions, races will be held Sunday, April 19, during the same time frame.

Tech Street, Frew Street and Schenley Drive will be closed to through traffic from 5 a.m. to noon on Friday, April 17, and Saturday, April 18. Parking on these streets will be restricted starting at 8 p.m. the night before the races.

Vehicles will have access to Phipps Conservatory from the streets off Forbes Avenue. Visitors will park on the streets by the Carnegie Library and the surrounding area. City of Pittsburgh Police stationed at barricades will give bus drivers instructions for passenger unloading.

There also will be a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m., Saturday, April 18 in Gesling Stadium. During the show, shells or debris from the fireworks may affect vehicles parked on Margaret Morrison Street and on the upper level of Carnegie Mellon's East Campus Garage. Vehicles may be parked in either area during the show, but owners will do so at their own risk.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.andrew.cmu.edu/org/carnival/

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