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Ohio Wesleyan Home Basketball Games Free for 2008-09 Season
Bishops Seek to Help Community Battle Uncertain Economy with Free Family Fun

November 10, 2008

DELAWARE, OHIO – Score one for fans of Battling Bishop basketball. For the 2008-09 season, admission to all regular home games will be free, Ohio Wesleyan University announced today.

“We recognize that many families are seeking to tighten their financial belts, which means cutting back on entertainment expenses,” said Roger Ingles, athletic director. “But it’s still important for parents and children to get out and have fun together. Cheering on our Battling Bishops is a wonderful, affordable way to spend a day.”

This year’s men’s basketball home season will kick off Saturday, Nov. 29, with the OWU/Kenyon Classic. The doubleheader will begin at 2 p.m. with the Albion Britons taking on the Kenyon Lords. At 4 p.m., OWU’s Battling Bishops will face off against the Marietta Pioneers.

The OWU women’s home season will begin Saturday, Dec. 6, when the Bishops battle the Hiram Terriers at 2 p.m. All basketball games are played in Branch Rickey Arena, 105 S. Sandusky St. For a complete season schedule, visit bishops.owu.edu/winske.html.

OWU President Rock Jones, Ph.D., said the university is committed to being a gathering spot for the community, offering many no-cost or low-cost events for people to enjoy.

“We want people to share in the wonderful opportunities that exist here,” Jones said. “If you have a passion for sports, fine arts, or lifelong learning, Ohio Wesleyan has events and other resources to nurture those interests.”

Examples include OWU’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., which exhibits works from accomplished artists located around the corner and across the world. Art lovers also are invited to check out student exhibits in the Werner Gallery inside Edgar Hall, 35 S. Sandusky St., as well as art of all types in Gallery 2001 inside Beeghly Library, 43 Rowland Ave. Admission to all campus galleries is always free.

For those seeking to enjoy innovative and entertaining music and theatre performances, Ohio Wesleyan also is the place to be with many student, faculty, and visiting artist performances.

Numerous lectures on topics as wide ranging as the political climate, the environment, and successful marketing also are offered frequently. On Nov. 19, for example, Nobel Peace Prize winner Woody Clark will speak at 7:30 p.m. in Gray Chapel in University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St. A 1967 Ohio Wesleyan graduate, Clark was among the scientists who shared in the 2007 Nobel Prize with Al Gore for the film “An Inconvenient Truth.”

And, of course, in addition to free basketball games, Bishop fans also are invited to cheer on OWU’s track & field and swimming teams this winter at no charge.

For the latest information about Ohio Wesleyan events and opportunities, check out Events @ OWU.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 47 states and 50 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.