Worcester Weekly: Prom season begins + 5 more things to do, April 10-16

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Monday, April 11 — WPI softball doubleheader vs. Coast Guard Academy, 4:30 p.m., Rooftop Field, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 151 Salisbury St. So, this is starting to get ridiculous. Sophomore center fielder Ama Biney was hitting .526 on the season, good for top-20 status in NCAA Div. III [Actually, Taylor Daniels of Worcester State and her gaudy .558 (in one-third fewer games) ranked seventh nationally].The 14-4 Engineers just missed a top-25 ranking in the April 6 poll.

Ama Biney hit .445 as a freshman center fielder for WPI's record-setting softball team.

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Ama Biney hit .445 as a freshman center fielder for WPI’s record-setting softball team.

Biney, the former Holy Name standout, also had 24 runs, 6 doubles, 3 triples, 3 home runs, 13 RBI and 12 stolen bases without being caught. She leads the team in all those except RBI and steals, where she comes in a close second. Fellow sophomore and Holy Name grad Kelsey Saucier has grown into her role as the No. 2 starter (5-1, 44 Ks in 38 innings) to engineer a formidable 1-2 punch with senior Claire Doolin (5-1, 42 Ks in 39-⅓ innings).

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Venture-JEPGTuesday, April 12 — The Venture Forum 5-Minute Pitch Contest, 5-8:30 p.m., Odeum, Rubin Campus Center, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 151 Salisbury St. Not to steal the Venture Forum’s thunder or anything, but the Sun is considering an eephus pitch contest sometime this summer. That event will move much more slowly. Stay tuned for details. Back to business, though: If you’re thinking of diving into entrepreneurial waters, this “Shark Tank”-ish deal will give you an apt introduction to the competitiveness required. Also, heavy hitters everywhere, at this thing. So consider the $15 (preregistration)/$25 (door) a worthwhile investment. Free for students who register; $5 student walk-in fee.

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Wednesday, April 13 — Resisting Genocide From World War I To Today, 6-8:30 p.m., Saxe Room, Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square OK, y’know what? This will probably be less fun than the first couple — unless you’re really into genocide — but we’re trying to be well-rounded here. And this is important. This lecture is part of a monthlong exhibit at the library’s main branch chronicling the Armenian Genocide, and the speaker, Clark graduate and former professor Khatchig Mouradian, Ph.D., is a widely acknowledged expert on the subject, having lectured and been published across the globe. Free and open to the public.

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Thursday, April 14 — Clark baseball vs. Wheaton College, 3:30 p.m., Granger Fields, Clark University, 97 Beaver St. We’ll get to the Cougars in short order — relax, Clarkies! — but we hit the Wheaton game to highlight Worcester’s Jimmy Smith, a senior for the 12-6 Lyons and primary starting center fielder since his sophomore year. And, oh yeah, he’s second on the team with a .343 batting average before the weekend. The former St. John’s captain also had seven extra-base hits and 11 stolen bases.

Veterans David Eschen and James Conway power the Cougars offense. Eschen, a first baseman/outfielder and graduate student, was hitting .314 with 4 HRs. Conway, senior left fielder, had a team-high 18 RBI to go along with 3 bombs and a .333 average. They’re generally driving in sophomore shortstop Kyle Bonicki (.451, 26 runs, 12 stolen bases).

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Mechanics Hall

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Mechanics Hall

Friday, April 15 — 15th Annual Awesome ’80s Prom!, 7 p.m.-1 a.m., Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St. Like most things, absence makes the heart grow fonder. But multiple layers of fluorescent leg warmers, Rubik’s Cubes and John Hughes movies, not to mention Chernobyl and yuppies, last forever. Kind of. I’m saying the awesomeness of the 1980s maybe fluctuated a bit more than we care to remember. But with WXLO taking over Mechanics Hall, the odds of an awesome party are, well, pretty awesome. 21-plus. General admission is $35.

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Saturday, April 16 — Community Day: Star Wars Day, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St. So you’re waking up this morning, already looking forward to putting the kids back on the bus in approximately 47 hours, 53 minutes and 17 seconds (but who’s counting?). Not so fast. The Force is clearly not strong with you, otherwise you’d have seen school vacation week coming a mile away — duh! Anyway, WAM has your back with a day full of “Star Wars”-themed fun, including — O.M. bleepin’ G.! — afternoon “Jedi Youngling Light Saber” workshops that you need to sign a waiver for. Mother of the Year. Done. Free for members or with museum admission.

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