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Communiversity 2005 set for April 23

The Communiversity celebration, which annually brings the town and University together for a day of performances, food, games and more, is planned for noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 23.

Scheduled to take place rain or shine on Nassau and Witherspoon streets and the campus, the event is sponsored by students at the University and the Arts Council of Princeton. Merchants, nonprofit organizations, musicians, performing and visual artists, food vendors and 60 University student organizations and performing groups will turn the area into a colorful fairground with events for students and families alike.

Numerous student and community groups will perform on four stages, and the streets of Princeton and the front of campus will be filled with vendors, information booths, art exhibits and food stands. Besides traditional favorites, this year's Communiversity will feature: a variety of sports games and demonstrations by Princeton's student athletes and cheerleaders on Cannon Green; performances by the University’s a cappella groups in the East Pyne arch; and hands-on art projects for children led by a sculptor sponsored by the University Art Museum on Nassau Green.

Tours of the campus by the student-led Orange Key guide service will leave from in front of Nassau Hall throughout the festival.

The University's International Center will continue its tradition of participation with an elaborate flag procession beginning at 2 p.m. on the Nassau Street stage and ending on campus. Each flag will represent a Princeton student's home country. The center also will provide international foods and sponsor performances, including the popular Chinese lion dance.

There will be interactive story-telling by the Middle Earth Theater as well as other activities sponsored by the Cotsen Children's Library on the Firestone Library lawn. Included will be an opportunity to make origami paper waves as part of "Making Waves," a community project to remember victims of the December 2004 tsunami and to raise funds to help their communities rebuild.

Another special event will be a talk by Brian Binnie, the 1978 Princeton graduate alumnus who piloted SpaceShipOne, the world's first reusable civilian spacecraft, beyond the Earth's atmosphere last October. He will speak on "The Future of Space Flight" at 3 p.m. in McCosh 10.

For more information, contact the Arts Council at (609) 924-8777 or the University's Office of Community and State Affairs at (609) 258-3204.

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