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Video Produced by Two Sophomores Will Be Seen Nationally on HDNet Saturday

November 10, 2008

Emily Riggs and Stacie Grissom.jpgNovember 10, 2008, Greencastle, Ind. - Viewers across the nation who tune in for Saturday's telecast of the 115th Monon Bell Classic will see a video produced by two DePauw University sophomore Media Fellows. Emily Riggs and Stacie Grissom created the 60-second spot for the University's first-ever halftime video competition. The product of their efforts will air at halftime on HDNet, which reaches ten million households across America. Video Link [Download Video: "See the Winning Entry" - 2811kb]

"Winning this competition has given me an overwhelming sense of accomplishment and pride," saysHDNet_TypeBLK_M 2008.jpg Riggs. "I am truly proud of the hard work and dedication that Stacie and I put into the production of this spot."

In the past, the institutional message, as it's known, has been produced by the University. This year, it was decided to engage students by inviting them to submit videos for consideration. The competition began in September.

"The president's office andRoy O West November 2008 Fall.JPG I viewed this as an opportunity to showcase the talents of our students, who do some exceptional work out of the Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media," says Ken Owen, executive director of media relations for DePauw. "Stacie and Emily have delivered a piece that is of extremely high quality and will represent DePauw very well. They should be very proud," adds Owen, a 1982 graduate who spent two decades working in television news.

The 115th Monon Bell Classic is set for Saturday at Little Giant Stadium in Crawfordsville. DePauw's allotment of tickets went on sale Monday, October 27. Details can be found in this recent story.

This year's telecast marks the third consecutive partnership between 2008 Monon Bell Logo.jpgDePauw, Wabash and HDNet. Alumni will gather at telecast parties in nearly 60 cities to watch the battle for the Bell.

A special commemorative 2-DVD set of the 2008 Monon Bell Classic is available for pre-order. It will include the complete game, as well as "Monon Memories" of every battle for the Bell since 1890, when the rivalry began.  After more than six years of work, the clips were completed last month and were the subject of a feature story in last week's Chronicle of Higher Education.

Saturday's contest will be the 77th for possession of the Monon Bell, which was introduced as the winner's prize in 1932. Wabash leads the all-time series 53-52-9, while DePauw leads in games played for the Monon Bell by a 36-34-6 count.

For comprehensive information on one of college football's greatest rivalries, visit the Monon Bell Web page.

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