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Unsupported Lap-sit Circle Event Brings Carnival Fun to Clarkson University April 17

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Clarkson University students are reaching out to everyone in the region to join them in breaking the United States collegiate record for an unsupported circle (or lap-sit circle) on Saturday, April 17, and at the same time enjoy carnival events and a meal.

The event’s organizer, the Clarkson University Leadership Corps, hopes to gather 4,000 people on campus in this fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.lapcircle2009

For a $1 donation to the American Cancer society, participants will also receive a free meal, enjoy a carnival and obstacle course, and be eligible for a prize drawing.

For $10 more, participants will also receive a t-shirt commemorating the lap-sit, with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.

To register, go to

The festivities will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside of the Cheel Campus Center with registration and food service beginning at 10 a.m. The unsupported circle will take place at 1 p.m.

Prizes include gift certificates, dinner at the Lake Placid Pub & Brewery, and two tickets to the St. Lawrence vs. Clarkson and RPI vs. Union games at Lake Placid Arena on October 30 with overnight accommodations at the Crowne Plaza Resort & Golf Club. The Goo Goo Dolls, who appear on campus the night before, are also signing a hockey jersey, which will be raffled off.

The carnival will feature face painting, a mechanical bull, tie-dying, a dunking booth, a helicopter golf ball drop, music by the Collectables and DJ Josh LaFave, a volleyball tournament, tug-of-war, potato sack races, jousting castle, car smash and a limbo contest.

The Potsdam Village Police, the men’s and women’s hockey teams, and 10 fraternity and sororities will compete in the spring survival obstacle course.

To form the unsupported circle, everyone gathers in a circle with each person facing the back of the person next to him or her. At a given time, every member in the circle sits back onto the knees of the person behind/next to him or her.

Clarkson University and SUNY Potsdam students attempted to break the record in 1977 when 1,968 students came together and successfully completed a lap-sit.

For more information, e-mail or call 315-268-7844. To register, go to

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.

Photo caption: Four hundred and forty first-year students at Clarkson University participated in a lap-sit during their orientation in August 2009. Clarkson students invite everyone in the region to join them in breaking the United States collegiate record for an unsupported circle on Saturday, April 17, and at the same time enjoy carnival events and a meal.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or]

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