April 25, 2008

Your guide to the weekend -- SIOC style

"Ben Stein on Life," University of Vermont, 2:30 p.m.

Darwin? Recession? Bueller? Stein's controversial new movie championing intelligent design opened last week, but when the school invited him to speak back in September, they did so based on his background as a respected economist. The actor/lawyer/author/game-show host will likely touch on both subjects during Friday's talk.

Hanson in Concert, UMass, 8 p.m.

That's right, they're still around. And did you know that, between the three of them, they have four kids?

NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships, University of Georgia

It's going to be tough for anybody to beat Georgia. The Gym Dogs are the top team in the country, have home gym advantage, and are the three-time defending champions. Their stiffest competition will come from No. 2 Utah, the runner up in both 2006 and 2007.

Hillsdale College Gina Relays, Hillsdale College

The Kent State track team returns to action just one week after six male athletes (and nearly 200 other students) got food poisoning from bad Chipotle burritos (guacamole and a virus for only 35 cents extra!) This week the team will be sure to eat their pre-meet meal at Baja Fresh.

Bob Knight at the Little Nashville Orpy, Nashville, Indiana, 1 and 6 p.m.

"The General" returns to Indiana (Nashville is 20 miles from Bloomington) to speak off-script about his coaching influences. In between the two talks Knight will hold a meet-and-greet, in which he'll sign basketballs and pose for photos. If you ask nicely, he might even sign a chair for you.

Cultural Humanist Award Presented to Gregg Graffin, Harvard University, 8 p.m.

Graffin, who is the lead singer for punk rock pioneers Bad Religion (and is a UCLA life sciences professor), will speak and perform after accepting the award for his lifetime contributions to cultural humanism. You know you're a pretty good atheist when Harvard gives you a lifetime achievement award for it.

NFL Draft, 10 a.m., ESPN2

Forget about Saturday's coverage. On Day 2, you can watch the draft for four hours and actually see your team make a pick.

Human Powered Vehicle Competition, University of Wisconsin

There are ways to get around town besides bicycles, and many of them will be on display this week in Madison. University of Missouri-Rolla won last year's single-rider competition with this little contraption. This ain't your momma's soap box derby.

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