Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Purdue's Grand Alternative to offer substance-free entertainment

Numerous substance-free activities will be offered through April 17 for Purdue University students as part of the annual Grand Prix celebrations.

Many campus organizations, offices and departments will participate in this year's Grand Alternative, which will feature a wide range of events such as concerts, comedy shows, talent shows, sports, discussions and parties.

Grand Alternative is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students, with the support of several student organizations and departments, including the Wesley Foundation, the Student Wellness Office, Division of Recreational Sports, Purdue Student Union Board, Purdue Agricultural Council, Alpha Phi Omega, Caliber and through a $20,000 grant from the Drug-Free Coalition of Tippecanoe County.

The Grand Alternative was conceived in 1998 when Steve Cain, a campus minister at the Wesley Foundation, initiated a community-wide coalition of student groups with the goal of celebrating the Grand Prix safely and without alcohol. Grand Alternative got its official start in 1999 with a grant from the Coalition for a Safe and Drug-Free Tippecanoe County.

All Grand Alternative events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. The following is a list of activities and sponsors. Grand Alternative events are meant for Purdue University students. For a list of events click here.

Visit their website online at purdue.edu/grandalternative.

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