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College Green Party presents "Super Size Me"

Feb. 15, 2005

KALAMAZOO--The College Green Party at Western Michigan University presents the controversial Sundance Film Festival award-winner "Super Size Me," a film stuffed with fat and facts about the billion-dollar fast food industry, Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 8 p.m. in Room 2303 of Sangren Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Morgan Spurlock directs and stars in this documentary, in which he travels the country in a month-long commitment to consume nothing but McDonald's food. Along the way, he interviews everyone from doctors to gym teachers and cooks to kids to gain insights on the girth of the nation.

The film explores the nation's school lunch programs, declining health and physical education classes, food addictions and the extreme measures people take to lose weight and regain their health. "Super Size Me" is a tongue-in-cheek examination of the legal, financial and health costs of America's hunger for fast food. "Would you like fries with that?" will never sound the same!

The film kicks off the College Green Party's McDonald's Awareness Campaign. The screening of the film will be preceded by remarks from members of the College Green Party, who will warn of the health risks associated with eating at McDonald's, discuss environmental and worker's rights abuses, and offer local alternatives to eating at McDonald's restaurants. A petition will be circulated, requesting that WMU examine healthier alternatives to replace McDonald's in the Bernhard Center's Bronco Mall.

This event is being sponsored by the College Green Party at WMU. For more information, contact Tim Hurttgam at <timhurttgam@yahoo.com> or (269) 276-1023.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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