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Contributed by Marian Brown on 12/07/12 

Our United Way campaign stands at 89% of our $65,000 campus fundraising goal for this year. You can make the difference and help us count down the rest of the way to a successful campaign conclusion. As of this afternoon, 255 donors - 57 of them first-time donors! - have contributed $57,646. Many, MANY thanks to all those who did their part, but this figure represents giving by only 15% of our campus community - we would like to hear from the other 85% of our employees! 

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Would you rather sell your textbooks back to a big company or sell them to your peers at a price YOU set? Now you can at www.ithacabooktrade.com.

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Eleanor Henderson’s Ten Thousand Saints honors seminar students will be making a multimedia presentation on Thursday, December 13, at 6 p.m., entitled, New York As Text.

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Celebrate the accomplishments of our December 2012 graduates at a dessert reception on Sunday, December 16, 2012, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Emerson Suites of Phillips Hall.  

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Chemistry Professor Scott Ulrich was listed as a co-author on a paper published this week in the journal Science, titled Suppression of Oxidative Stress by β-Hydroxybutyrate, an Endogenous Histone Deacetylase Inhibitor.

 The work was headed by Eric Verdin’s lab of the Gladstone Institute of the University of California. The results show a new link between metabolic state and the control of gene expression. The results show that the ketone body β-hydroxybutyrate, produced during calorie restriction and strenuous exercise, is an endogenous and specific inhibitor of histone deacetylases (HDACs), a class of enzymes that regulate gene expression.  In this case, β-hydroxybutyrate influences the expression of genes which protect against oxidative stress. This result may inform the link between extended lifespan and calorie-restricted diets in mice, and the benefits of exercise; both of which cause levels of D-β-hydroxybutyrate to rise.

DOI: 10.1126/science.1227166

 Project Look Sharp’s curriculum is helping students across the country make meaningful social change. Featured in the 2012-2013 social justice lesson plan book, Planning to Change the World, Project Look Sharp’s curriculum will help young activists think critically about the women’s rights movement. 

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It is that time of year, again. No, I am not talking about the holiday season. It is time to sign your student organization up for the Spring Student Organization Fair.

The Spring Student Organization Fair is January 30 from 10am-3pm in Emerson Suites.

All student organizations have an opportunity to get a space. Please complete the sign up form by January 23, 2013 to secure your spot.

If you have any questions please email tradley@ithaca.edu.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Theresa Radley at tradley@ithaca.edu or (607) 274-3222. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

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Tis the season to be merry and green.  Check out these tips from Campus Center & Event Services to make your holiday party more eco-friendly:

Invites: Save money and resources by sending invites via email or text message.  If it's a formal occasion, think postconsumer recycled paper for the invitations—it's paper made from old paper, so you're helping to complete the recycling loop.

Decorations: Skip the paper and plastic and decorate with natural items from your yard—such as evergreens, pinecones, or seasonal houseplants. Or consider making your centerpiece an edible one with fruits, nuts, breads and holiday cookies.

Party supplies: Use reusable dishes, utensils and cloth napkins. Rent or borrow items you won’t need more than once, like large punch bowls and chafing dishes. If you need to purchase items be sure that they are biodegradable or recyclable.

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The vigil is a time to remember those who have passed from, have won the battle against, or are still fighting strong against cancer. It is also a time to share our memories and experiences related to this disease. We will have a small activity at the beginning and then a candle-lit ceremony for the remainder of the event.

Sunday, December 9
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Clark Lounge

Pizza and soda will be provided.
 

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 Participate in Colleges Against Cancer's toy drive!

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 The Student Activities Board presents world-renowned Psychic Mentalist Duo - The Evasons!

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SAB Films Presents: Sparkle

Contributed by Alyssa Frey on 12/06/12 

  Set in the 1960s, three sisters form girl group and soon become local sensations with major label interest, but fame becomes a challenge as the close-knit family begins to fall apart. All showings are in Textor 102 and FREE!

Thursday 12/6 8 p.m.
Friday 12/7 7 and 9:30 p.m.
Saturday 12/8 7 and 9:30 p.m.
Sunday 12/9 8 p.m.

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 IC Cheerleading is hosting its first ever dodgeball tournament!

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Millions of people were hard hit in various ways by Hurricane Sandy -- on Long Island and in Connecticut, New Jersey, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Thousands of families are homeless or unable to return to their homes. Recovery is still underway, and rebuilding will be going on for many months, even years.

Members of the IC Community are encouraged to consider one of the following ways to make a difference in the lives of these hurricane victims by:

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The Alternative Spring Break program offers students at Ithaca College a service-based, substance free opportunity to volunteer in one of several locations in the eastern United States. Programs address everything from environmental conservation to urban poverty, and we rely on staff and faculty to serve as advisers during these trips. In fact, we could not do this program without the quality, on-the-ground advisement...

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The Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs is looking for several drivers for a few of the Alternative Spring Break trips. We need drivers to the following trips:

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Winter Vacancies

Contributed by Amanda Walrad on 12/06/12 

As the fall semester comes to an end, some of you may have an expected or unexpected vacancy in your room, suite or apartment.   Whether you anticipate a vacancy or not, the Office of Residential Life strongly recommends that you complete a vacancy form indicating the individual you would like to pull into your room in the event that a space opens.  If a vacancy occurs in your room, suite, or apartment and we do not have this form on file, we will assign that space to a student interested in living in that particular area. 

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Come take a break from studying and join the Student Government Association and IC Stand Up for "An Evening of Chocolate and Comedy" on Thursday, December 13th from 8 to 10 PM in IC Square!

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 Are you looking for a way to volunteer for Relay for Life? Are you a strong organizer, tech savvy, and a people person?

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Tomorrow is the last day to send your friend or a faculty/staff member a candy gram! RHA & SGA will be selling them from 10 AM to 3 PM in the Campus Center Lobby! Candy grams are $2 each or 6 for $10.

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