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Clarkson University President, Police, Firefighters, Rescue Squad & Hockey Players to Compete in Spring Survival Challenge Saturday

Shaving cream, squirt guns and mud will all come into play as Clarkson University President Tony Collins, faculty and staff; Potsdam police, fire and rescue squad personnel; Clarkson men’s and women’s hockey players; and students compete in this weekend’s Spring Survival Challenge.

The teams will go head to head in a timed obstacle course with surprises along the way this Saturday, April 11, from noon to 4 p.m. on the lawn of Clarkson’s Cheel Campus Center.

Potsdam Police Officer John Benson will head up the first responders team.

Co-organizer Dan Davis says that the contest will be a physical, yet "Nickelodeon," type of survival course with ten legs. Events include the close shave (which involves shaving cream and a squirt gun), the dizzy bat (involving a barrel of mud), hey fever, pig in the blanket, and mine field. The challenge will conclude with tug of war over a pit of muddy water.

Clarkson Campus Dining is providing free food, including hot dogs, hamburgers and chili. DJ Josh LaFave will provide the event’s soundtrack.

Student Nathan Porter, along with Clarkson staff Davis and Diane Kozak, created the event in memory of John P. Tracy, a first-year interdisciplinary engineering and management major from Auburn, N.Y., who died in an accident in February.

Funds raised by the event will be donated to the Auburn High School scholarship fund set up in memory of Tracy.

"We have worked hard to get many members of the community involved," says Porter, "including the police and fire department, Clarkson faculty and staff, and most importantly the students, in order to remember and celebrate the life of John. Money has already been generated through donations from various organizations on campus and a 50/50 raffle, which will continue until the event."

The Spring Survival Challenge is sponsored by the Inter-Fraternity and Pan-Hellenic councils, the Clarkson Union Board and the Executive Dorm Council.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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