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April 22, 2002 Press Contact: Julia Morse
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University of Chicago students celebrate Earth Week

This week at the University of Chicago, students will gaze at the stars, care for native plants and drink organic beer during a “Save the Ales” night at the University Pub.  

Event schedule

Earth Day Festival on the Quads
When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday, April 22
Where: Main Quadrangle, University of Chicago
What: Free food, music by Loose Roots and others, bicycle repair clinic and free parts provided by Blackstone Bicycle Works, the classic University of Chicago Earthball, political letter-signing and surprises.

Study Break and Vegetarianism Pledge
When: 8 p.m., Monday, April 22
Where: Hutchinson Courtyard
What: Enjoy ice cream or fruit sherbet, write letters to politicians and pledge to be vegetarian or vegan for a week to protect the Earth from the damage caused by animal agriculture.

Free Coffee with Your Mug
When: Monday, April 22 through Friday, April 26
Where: Divinity School, Uncle Joe's (Reynolds Club 2nd floor), and Cobb Hall coffee shops
What: Free coffee will be available to anyone who brings in their own mug rather than using a disposable cup.

Star Gazing!
When: 8:30-10:30 p.m., Monday, April 22 through Friday, April 26
Where: Roof of Ryerson Physical Laboratory, 1100 E. 58th St.
What: Hosted by the Astronomy Club. Appreciate the natural beauty of the universe and learn about the Astronomy Club/Green Campus Initiativeís joint campaign to reduce the amount of campus lighting pointed skyward, to save energy and make the stars more visible.

Native Plant Gardening
When: 3-5 p.m., Tuesday, April 23
Where: The campus native plant garden, by the street-side of Pick Hall, 5828 S. University Ave.
What: Begun last year, the native plant garden has survived its first winter. Help care for the garden and learn about the importance of preserving native plants and the harmful effects of invasive species.

Human Rights and the Environment Panel Discussion
When: 7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 25th
Where: Room 201, Social Science Research Building, 1126 E. 59th St.
What: Speakers will include a member of the Ogoni people, whose resistance to Shell Oil’s pollution in Nigeria led to the execution of activist Ken Saro-Wiwa; Mexican human rights activist Abel Barrera on the persecution of peasant environmentalists in his country; and Steven Alexander, Director of the Center on Urban Politics and Policy at Chicago State University.

Save the Ales!
When: 9 p.m., Friday, April 26
Where: Campus Pub, basement of Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St.
What: Enjoy organic beer, win door prizes, and learn more about how global warming threatens hops production.

“Has Spring Sprung?” Nature Hike at the Indiana Dunes
When: Saturday, April 27. Bus leaves at 12 noon and returns at 5 p.m.
Where: Meet at Reynolds Club, 1135 E. 57th St.
What: A 1.5-hour hike led by a park naturalist at the Indiana Dunes State Park.

Vegetarian Evening
When: 7 p.m., Saturday, April 27
Where: Library, Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St.
What: Free vegetarian dinner and cooking demonstration by Soul Vegetarian Restaurant. Vegan activist John Beske will talk about the environmental benefits of vegetarianism. During dessert, winners of the Nature Poetry Contest will read their work.

Free Movie: John Travolta in A Civil Action
When: 9:30 p.m., Sunday, April 28
Where: Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St.
What: An adaptation of Jonathan Harr's nonfiction bestseller about industrial pollution. John Travolta and Robert Duvall star as the leaders of two opposing legal teams.
Last modified at 05:04 PM CST on Monday, April 22, 2002.

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