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Solar weiners

If you've never eaten a solar-powered hotdog, you won't want to miss your chance at the fifth annual Energy Awareness Day, which takes place tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of Thornton Hall.

Although it is an annual event, this is the first year it has included a solar- powered hotdog cooking contest.

Engineering students designed their own solar hotdog cookers and will be demonstrating them beginning at 1 p.m.

"The purpose is just to make the University community aware of energy saving techniques," Energy Program Director Tony Motto said.

An electrically powered car provided by Virginia Power and a solar-powered car built by Engineering students, as well as demonstrations of recycling and electric tools and home appliances, will be on display.

In addition, students can test their energy knowledge to win a 23-watt compact fluorescent lamp.

In case of rain, the event will be postponed until next Wednesday.

Artful words

University students are invited to participate in the 13th Annual Writer's Eye Competition at the Bayly Art Museum. The competition started yesterday and will continue until Nov. 12.

Entrants are required to write a personal reaction -- in poem or prose form -- to one of the selected art pieces. The works selected for this year's competition include paintings, photographs and digital work by American, European and Asian artists.

The submissions are judged in four age groups -- elementary, middle, high school and university/adult. The prizes for the university/adult age group include one-year memberships to the Bayly Art Museum, as well as $25 and $100 in cash.

The judges for that category are English Prof. Avery Chenoweth for prose and English Prof. George Garrett for poetry.

Garrett, who has been a judge in the past, said previous submissions have been of high quality, and he said he does not expect this year to be any different.

"It seems to bring out the creativity and the imagination of the young people who have this experience," he added.

--Compiled by Kelly Coffey