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Media Advisory

Cal Day, 2004
 

16 April 2004

ATTENTION: Weekend assignment editors

Contact: Media Relations
(510) 642-3734


WHAT
Cal Day 2004, the University of California, Berkeley's annual open house. More than 35,000 people are expected to attend this free event, one of the Bay Area's most popular. Hundreds of events will take place throughout the campus.

WHEN
Saturday, April 17, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

DETAILS
There's something for everyone at Cal Day, including lectures, dance and musical performances, tours of the campus, special activities for children, a resource fair for prospective UC Berkeley students, and access to museums and labs usually open only to researchers.

Among the highlights this year will be astronaut and UC Berkeley alumnus Lt. Col. Rex J. Walheim discussing his mission to the International Space Station, an introduction to excavations at one of the original Olympic Games sites in Greece, and CALnival - carnival activities for children ages 3-12.

For sports enthusiasts, events include a rapelling clinic, martial arts demonstrations and a Golden Bear football match at noon in Memorial Stadium. The UC Berkeley men's tennis team will face rival UCLA at the Hellman Tennis Courts from 1 to 3 p.m., and the women's softball team will go up against the Arizona Wildcats from 2 to 4 p.m. at Levine-Fricke Field.

Cal Day attendees can see a full-sized cast of a T. Rex and view old bones and teeth in the Museum of Paleontology, or see live animals alongside museum specimens in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. They may also explore art and architecture studios, attend a free University Chorus and UC Chamber Chorus concert, and see a free performance of the University Dance Theater.

Or, they can drop by the lobby of Evans Hall between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. for some participatory statistical research. Statistics professor Deborah Nolan and a cadre of postdocs, graduate students and undergrads will give visitors $20 worth of poker chips to test their favorite gambling strategy on a roulette wheel. Results will be plotted throughout the day to see how the schemes fares.

For Cal Day information, call (510) 642-2294. A complete schedule of events is available at http://www.berkeley.edu/calday/. That site includes a search engine to let visitors plan their day, tips on what to see, maps and a schedule of tours.

VISUALS: An hour-by-hour list of highly visual events is on the Web at http://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2004/04/13_caldy.shtml.