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Ohio State hosts full slate of weekend events

Autumn quarter gets into full swing at The Ohio State University this weekend, with a variety of events taking place on campus. These events are expected to bring thousands to campus. Media are welcome to cover these events:

OSU Marching Band hosts Buckeye Invitational – Oct. 4. The 2008 Buckeye Invitational features 30 of the finest Ohio high school marching bands performing from 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Saturday (10/4) in Ohio Stadium. The Ohio State University Marching Band will perform at the end of the show at 6 p.m. beginning with its traditional ramp entrance, followed by a football halftime show featuring the music of Benny Goodman and concluding with Script Ohio.
Gates open at 9 a.m. Tickets are $8 (cash only) at the stadium the day of the event; children 5 years and under are free. Public parking is available in the lots near Ohio Stadium. SEE: http://tbdbitl.osu.edu/

In the pink: Ohio State Athletics events highlight cancer awareness – Oct. 5. October is national Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the women's soccer and softball teams will do their part to generate awareness, raise funds for cancer research, and to benefit those affected by the disease.
In what is annually one of the biggest fundraisers in Central Ohio for breast cancer research, the Ohio State softball team hosts the Eighth Annual Ohio Collegiate Charity Classic on Sunday (10/5) at Fred Beekman Park. There are 14 teams from around the state scheduled to appear in the event that benefits the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. Public parking is available in the Carmack parking lots
Members of the women's soccer team will wear pink jersey tops during warm-ups prior to their 3 p.m. game Sunday (10/5) against Northwestern at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. They also will wear them prior to games against Iowa (10/17) and Minnesota (10/19).
The game against Northwestern will also feature a stadium entrance give-away of 750 pink rubber bracelets plus a give-away of 500 pink balloons. The balloons will all be released in unison prior to the start of the game. b>SEE: http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com CONTACTS: Jerry Emig (women's soccer), (614) 688-0343 or emig.2@osu.edu or Alissa Clendenen (softball), (614) 292-0134 or clendenen.5@osu.edu

JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes – Oct. 5. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation annual Walk to Cure Diabetes will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday (10/5) at Ohio Stadium. Registration begins at 9 a.m. This 5K event around campus benefits diabetes research and research-related education. Parking is available in the lots around Ohio Stadium. SEE: http://www.walktocureohio.com/

Bruce Springsteen concert on the Oval – Oct. 5. Bruce Springsteen will perform an acoustic set as part of a rally on the Oval at Ohio State on Sunday (10/5), encouraging Barack Obama supporters to register and take advantage of Ohio's early voting period. Gates open at 3:00 PM on Sunday and the program will begin at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are available from the Campaign for Change. SEE: http://my.barackobama.com/page/content/springsteenoh In order to ease access, fans should not bring backpacks or large bags to the event. Parking will be available in Neil Avenue, Ohio Union, Arps, and Tuttle Garages. During the concert, College Rd. will be closed between 17th and 12th Aves.

Bebe Miller Company returns to campus to with world premiere – through Oct. 5. Award-winning choreographer and Ohio State dance professor Bebe Miller and her dance company return to the Wexner Center to perform the world premiere of the multimedia dance work "Necessary Beauty." Remaining performances, which are sold out, take place Friday and Saturday (10/3-4) at 8 p.m. and Sunday (10/5) at 7 p.m. in the Wexner Center's Black Box on Mershon Stage, 1871 N. High St. Parking available at the Ohio Union Garage just south of the Wexner Center. SEE: http://www.wexarts.org/pa/index.php?eventid=3187