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Grand Alternative offers substance-free Grand Prix entertainment

Purdue Grand AlternativeWEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Numerous substance-free activities will be offered through April 17 for Purdue 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.

Sunday, April 10th

  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cookout with a sailing regatta. Lake Shafer near Monticello, Ind. Sponsored by the Sailing Club.
  • Noon to 4 p.m. World’s Strongest Boilermaker. Turf Recreation Exercise Center. Sponsored by Division of Recreational Sports.
  • Noon to 4:30 p.m. Grand Alternative Golf Tourney. Ackerman Hills Golf Complex. Sponsored by the Purdue Division of Recreational Sports.
  • Midnight to 2 a.m. Moonlight Pancake Breakfast. Front lawn of Wesley Foundation at Purdue, across State Road 26 from Purdue Memorial Union. Sponsored by the Wesley Foundation at Purdue.

Tuesday, April 12th

  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Memorial Mall. Purdue Leaders Forum cookout. Sponsored by the Purdue Leaders Forum.

Wednesday, April 13th

  • 5:00-7:30 p.m. Kappa Alpha Theta parking lot and Fiji yard. Grand Grillout featuring the bands The Mirror Men and Subrosas. Sponsored by Caliber.
  • 5-8 p.m. Grand Alternative Engineering Cookout. Sponsored by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
  • 6:00-8:00 p.m. Engineering Mall. ME After Dark, featuring free food and music. Sponsored by Purdue Mechanical Engineering Ambassadors.
  • 6:30 p.m. Pfendler Hall, Room 241. Air it Out. Roundtable discussions about social, economic and political standing based on color, the problem of light skin vs. dark skin, police force treatment of minorities, and diversity on campus. Sponsored by Diversity and Retention Initiatives through Volunteering, Education and Networking.
  • 7-8:30 p.m. Wetherill Building, Room 200. Student Leadership and Success Seminar, featuring keynote speaker Travis Brown. Sponsored by Delta Sigma Pi and Purdue Leaders Forum.
  • 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Lawn of the Agricultural Administration Building. Moonlight Pancacke Breakfast, featuring music and dancing.

Thursday, April 14th

  • Noon to 4:00 p.m. Memorial Mall. Rootbeer Giveaway. Sponsored by alpha Kappa Delta Phi.
  • 6:00-8:00 p.m. Wetherill Building, Room 104. Thirsty for Knowledge Thursday. Sponsored by the American Chemical Society.
  • 5:30-8:00 p.m. Memorial Mall. Trike Races. Sponsored by Alpha Phi Omega.
  • 6:30 p.m. Sigma Nu lawn, 1301 Tower Drive. Wiz Khalifa Green Carpet Tour. Hip-hop artist Wiz Khalifa performs. Tickets are $30. For tickets and more information, visit
  • 7:00-11:00 p.m. St. Thomas Aquinas Center (basement). Kegaroake: Music, Rootbeer and Fellowship. Sponsored by Purdue Catholic Students.
  • 7:00-10:00 p.m. Matthews Building, Room 210. That’s Hott Talent Show. Sponsored by Delta Phi Rho.
  • 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Parking Lot Luau. Fairway Co-op House at 1320 David Ross Road, West Lafayette. Sponsored by the Purdue Cooperative Council.
  • 8:00 p.m. to Midnight. Rock ‘n’ Roll at the Rack ‘n’ Roll. Union Rack ‘n’ Roll. Free bowling and billiards.

Friday, April 15th

  • 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Memorial Mall. Grand Prix Day. Sponsored by the Grand Prix Foundation.
  • 7:00-8:00 p.m. Outside Black Cultural Center, 1100 Third St. Slushies at Sunset.? Sponsored by Phi Beta Sigma and Zeta Phi Beta.
  • 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Grand Alternative Carnival Night. Outside the Recreational Sports Center on Vawter Field. Special events include Battle of the Bands, free food, funnel cakes, inflatables, caricature artist, midway games and crafts. Sponsored by the Purdue Division of Recreational Sports and Purdue Student Union Board.

Saturday, April 16th

  • 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The 54th Grand Prix Race. Grand Prix Track at Cherry Lane and McCormick Road. Sponsored by the Grand Prix Foundation.
  • 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Union Rack ‘n’ Roll. Free Extreme Bowling and Billiards for all Purdue students. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students and Purdue Student Union Board.
  • 9:00 p.m. Slayter Hill (rain location is Stewart Center’s Fowler Hall). Movie on the Hill presents “The Green Hornet.”
  • Midnight to 2 a.m. Wesley Foundation front lawn. Moonlight Pancake Breakfast. Sponsored by Wesley Foundation at Purdue.

Sunday, April 17th

  • 5:00-10:00 p.m. Rock the Quad. Parking lot under Ross Ade Stadium scoreboard. For band information, visit Sponsored by Cary Club.

Contact sponsors for more information, or visit

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