July 25, 2008

Your guide to the weekend, SIOC style

Explosives Training Demonstration, Colorado State University, 8:30 a.m.Don't you just love the smell of napalm in the morning? The answer from CSU students will surely be a resounding "no" if they're jarred out of bed by this demonstration, which is part of the Law Enforcement Explorer Conference currently being held at the school. On the bright side, the explosions will be over by 10:30, giving students plenty of time to sleep before waking up for lunch.

Nader for President 2008 Rally, University of Georgia, 5:30 p.m.Ralph Nadermarches straight into Bob Barr territory in his quest to be the least insignificant third party candidate of the 2008 election. Tens of people are expected to show up.

Wizard Rock Show, University of Pittsburgh, 6 p.m.When does an obsession with Harry Potter become unhealthy? That's the question parents and medical professionals hope to answer as they examine the growing wizard rock movement. On Friday, three of the nearly 500 Wrock bands around the country will sing about their favorite wizard for the crowd at Pitt's Carnegie Library.

International Basketball Exhibition: USA vs. Canada, ESPN, 8 p.m.Team Canada features three-point specialists Andy Rautins of Syracuse and Tyler Kepkay of Utah. The American team doesn't have any current collegians, although Coach K. did spend the last month teaching the team how to jump up and down on the bench for an entire game.

Running With Hat-titude, Oregon State University, 9 a.m.This isn't your ordinary charity 5K run/walk because in this event, every competitor is encouraged to wear a crazy hat. I, for one, will be wearing my Oregon State 2009 Pac-10 Men's Basketball Champions cap.

White Glove Tour of the Dole Institute Archives, University of Kansas, 11 a.m.The Dole Institute of Politics is the only place with 4,000 boxes of Bob Dole's personal and political papers. This special behind-the-scenes tour is a must for all mid-'90s GOP aficionados.

"Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins," University of Nebraska, 2 p.m.Before there was William Hung, there was Florence Foster Jenkins. This performance examines Jenkins' life throughout the first half of the 20th century, when she became a singing sensation famous for her complete lack of musical talent. Determined but talentless singers will surely be inspired by her story.

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