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Napoleon Dynamite Stars to Speak to OWU Students

August 15, 2005

DELAWARE, OHIO -- Throughout the summer, outbursts of "Heck, yes," "Friggin' idiot," and "Maybe I will, GOSH!" have become more and more frequent in the Ohio Wesleyan Student Activities office as students and staff anticipate this year's kick-off program.

Napoleon Dynamite stars Jon Heder (Napoleon) and Aaron Ruell (Kip) will speak to OWU students the evening before classes begin on Sunday August 28, 2005 at 7 P.M. in Gray Chapel. Students can pick up their free tickets in Hamilton-Williams Campus Center the weekend of the event.

Though only a year old, the hilarious 2004 film, directed and co-written by Jared Hess along with his wife Jerusha, is already on its way to becoming a cult classic. Of the film, Rolling Stone Magazine said, "Hess and his terrific cast -- Heder is geek perfection -- make their own kind of deadpan hilarity. You'll laugh till it hurts. Sweet."

Senior Jessica Lawrence, President of OWU's Campus Programming Board (CPB), has spearheaded the planning for the event. Lawrence has been interested in bringing the Napoleon Dynamite actors to campus since last spring when she heard about a speaking tour which featured Aaron Ruell (Kip), Efren Ramirez (Pedro) and John Gries (Uncle Rico).

While at OWU the actors will show movie clips, answer questions, and speak about their own school experiences and, of course, the making of Napoleon Dynamite. During the performance, up to 20 tickets to a more intimate "meet and greet" session will be awarded to the winners of certain contests. Lawrence says the contests have not been determined, but may include trivia quizzes, dance competitions, and look alike contests.

"I am so excited about the possibility of putting on an event that students talk about from day one," Lawrence said. Sponsored by CPB and Student Activities, the event is free for all OWU students as long as they remember to pick up their tickets. Tickets that are not picked up before the event or at the door will be sold to community members for $10.00 each.

"Community members should not get too excited about getting in because I really think that OWU students will completely pack the house," Lawrence said. "It's going to be a 'killer time'."