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April 9: Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Spring Carnival Set for April 15-17

Contact:
Abby Houck
412-268-4290
ahouck@andrew.cmu.edu

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon
Spring Carnival Set for April 15-17

Please Note Traffic Alert

Event: Carnegie Mellon University will hold its annual Spring Carnival Thursday, April 15 through Saturday, April 17. The event is free and open to the public.

This year's Spring Carnival opening ceremony, scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday, April 15 on the "Midway," will include remarks by President Jared L. Cohon and a performance by Carnegie Mellon's Kiltie Band. Carnegie Mellon student organizations will design, build and host more than 25 booths focused on the theme "History with a Twist." The booths, often reaching two stories in height, include "If the Ice Age Never Ended," "RoboRome" and "The World is Flat."

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 most "green" booth based upon materials selection, waste minimization, lighting efficiency, and overall environmental stewardship and innovation.

The 90th annual Sweepstakes buggy races will be held Friday and Saturday morning, April 16 and 17. If inclement weather causes the cancellation of the Friday and Saturday competitions, races will be held Sunday, April 18, during the same time frame. Buggies are aerodynamic pushcarts designed and built by student organizations. Each buggy holds a driver that 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 stream full-scale event coverage of the buggy races 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 12:30 p.m. on Friday, April 16 and Saturday, April 17. Carnival activities will be held 9 a.m.-11 p.m. on Thursday, April 15; 8 a.m.-11 p.m. on Friday, April 16; and 8 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday, April 17.

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 during Carnegie Mellon's Spring Carnival and Sweepstakes buggy races. Forbes and Morewood avenues will be closed near the campus intermittently from 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday, April 9 to allow students to transport their booths to the Spring Carnival Midway.
 
Margaret Morrison Street, Tech Street, Frew Street and Schenley Drive will be closed from 5 a.m. to
12:30 p.m. Friday, April 16 and Saturday, April 17. Vehicles cannot be parked on these streets after 8 p.m. on the days before the races. Both the City of Pittsburgh Police and Carnegie Mellon Police will be present during the races to help monitor traffic. Access to the streets will be blocked beginning at 5 a.m. in the following locations: Schenley Park by Bob O'Connor Golf Course, Schenley Park at Serpentine Drive, Margaret Morrison Street at Forbes Avenue, Panther Hollow Bridge and Schenley Bridge. Roads will reopen by 12:30 p.m. If inclement weather causes the cancellation of the Friday and Saturday competitions, races will be held Sunday, April 18, during the same time frame.

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 17 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.springcarnival.org

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