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Habitat for Humanity will hold sign-ups for spring break trips, starting February 17.

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Topics include upcoming events -- including round two of our annual plant sale and Relay for Life fund-raising -- and we'll also talk about the possibility of a new and VERY exciting "field trip" which biology members can go on. Come to the meeting to find out where we might visit!

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Seven students in the Department of Economics participated in the College Fed Challenge, held at the Federal Reserve Bank in Buffalo: Ha Phuong Phan, Jack Drew, Lauren Hudak, Ivan Govedarov, Snigdha Dutt, Ryan Bailey, and Evan Palmer.

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Senior BFA candidate Amanda Vella currently has an exhibit of her oil paintings at the Ithaca Free Clinic.

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Alternative Spring Break still has spots open for anyone willing to drive who is at least 21 years old. Applications are available at www.ithaca.edu/csli or by e-mailing dnewcom1@ithaca.edu.

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Faculty pianist Jennifer Hayghe will present a free recital on Sunday, February 10, at 4:00 p.m. in the Hockett Family Recital Hall in the James J. Whalen Center for Music at Ithaca College. The program features Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition," along with music by Debussy; Bach as arranged by Busoni; and Schubert songs as arranged by Liszt for solo piano.

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The Department of Writing and the School of Humanities and Sciences are pleased to present Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler as the first of the three authors for this semester's Distinguished Visiting Writers Series. He will read from his work at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6. The reading is free and open to the public.

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Changing 'Rape Culture'

Contributed by Daniel Wald on 02/04/2008 

Students Active For Ending Rape:

An excerpt from Why Does He Do That? by Lundy Bancroft:

Changing the Culture

Abuse is the product of a mentality that excuses and condones bullying and exploitation, that promotes superiority and disrespect, and that casts responsibility on the oppressed. All efforts to end the abuse of women ultimately have to return to this question: How do we change societal values so that women's right to live free of insults, invasion, disempowerment, and intimidation is respected?

One way is simply to declare out loud to people in your life that women have these rights unconditionally. Much of modern society remains regrettably unclear on this point. I still hear: "Well, he shouldn't have called her a 'slut,' but she did dance all night with another man." I hear: "He did keep hassling her at her job even when she told him to stay away, but he was heartbroken over their breakup."

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Students Active For Ending Rape

Contributed by Daniel Wald on 02/03/2008 

Students Active For Ending Rape (SAFER) is meeting this Tuesday, February 5, at 7:00 p.m. in Williams 219. SAFER is a student organization that works toward ending rape and rape culture through education and programs. If you are interested please come. We will discuss recent events and how we are going to respond as an organization. Questions? Please e-mail SAFERithaca@gmail.com.

Looking for a place to express yourself musically? Join ICBellPeople!

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As a part of the Student Leadership Institute, Tiffani Ziemann will present a free leadership development session, entitled "Effective Decision Making," on Wednesday, February 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the Clark Lounge.

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Public Safety Alert

Contributed by David Maley on 02/03/2008 

On Sunday, February 3, a female student reported to the Ithaca College Office of Public Safety that she had been raped by an unknown male in Emerson Hall.

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Members of the Ithaca College community are invited to gather in prayer for Mark Brett, a junior history and politics major who was seriously injured in a recent automobile accident. The nondenominational service will be held on Wednesday, February 6, at 6:30 p.m. in Muller Chapel.

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We will hold an informational meeting on Wednesday, February 6, at 6:00 p.m. in the Center for Health Sciences, room 208, for students planning to travel to the Dominican Republic in May for the course, Health Care and Culture: An International Field Experience (HINT 31300).

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Dating Game/Casino Night

Contributed by Lindsey Stafford on 02/03/2008 

Every year when it nears Valentine's Day, IC After Dark likes to play the role of Cupid. We team up with the Student Activities Board (SAB) to produce the Dating Game and Casino Night.

Come join us on Friday, February 8, in Emerson Suites from 9:00 p.m. to midnight. There will be a dating game show and casino games such as blackjack, Texas hold 'em, and slots, which you can play while watching the show. And, as always, it's all FREE!

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Volunteer for After Dark!

Contributed by Lindsey Stafford on 02/03/2008 

IC After Dark is in need of volunteers for its upcoming Dating Game/Casino Night event on February 8 from 9:00 p.m. to midnight.

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There's still time to sign up for classes at the Fitness Center.

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Submitted on behalf of Dr. David E. Newman, director of student health services

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Teacher Recruitment Days (TRD) 2008 will be held at SUNY Cortland on April 7 and 8, 2008. School districts from across the country will send recruiters to Cortland to conduct interviews for known and anticipated vacancies.

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Project Slingshot

Contributed by Marian Brown on 02/01/2008 

Clif Mojo and Focus the Nation want you to propel your creative Global Warming solutions into action. Three winners will receive up to $10,000 to slingshot their ideas into reality.

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