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ASMSU to restart yearbook battle

A proposed ASMSU measure is once again sparking debate within the university’s undergraduate student government about editorial power of the Red Cedar Log yearbook.Bryan Newland and Crystal Price are seeking ASMSU Student Assembly approval of a measure that would establish a yearbook editorial board and give first priority for space in the publication to minority student groups above other registered student organizations.

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Department sponsors bowl-a-thon for cancer

The Department of Communication is working to defeat cancer - at the bowling alley. The department is hosting its eighth annual Bowling For Scholars - A Strike Against Cancer bowl-a-thon from noon until 5 p.m.

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Psychology project examines language

If you ever wondered, um, why people, uh, have trouble understanding you, well so have some of MSU’s top psychologists.Fernanda Ferreira, a professor of psychology, is researching the development of a theory into how people are able to understand the sentences we hear in the real world that are full of corrections, mistakes and disfluencies.“The question I am interested in is how people, mainly adults, understand language,” she said.

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U hosts quiz bowl championships

MSU students will soon be surrounded by some of the top students in Michigan - and they’re not even out of high school.More than 500 high school students from across the state will compete in the 14th annual State Championship High School Quiz Bowl on Friday and Saturday in the Union.

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DCL program trades cans for participation

MSU-Detroit College of Law students spent last week telling their professors to “can it.” The Journal of International Law at DCL sponsored its fourth annual Can-a-Professor Program, which allows students to bring in a canned good or other nonperishable food item in exchange for not having to participate in class. Professors who agree to participate in the program may not call on students who bring cans of food to class. For some law students, the program, which began last Monday was convenient. Daniel Olson, a second-year law student who participated in Can-a-Professor, said the because he was out of town two weeks ago, the program saved him both some reading and from answering questions. “I was at a law review symposium in Washington, D.C., got back late in the week and didn’t feel like reading a lot,” he said. Olson said being able to avoid questions “especially took the stress off for exams in a week and a half.” That’s exactly why the program is so popular, said Connell Alsup, DCL assistant dean of student affairs.

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Civil rights advocate to speak to U about activists of the 1960s

The Rev. Edwin King, a peace and civil rights activist will address an audience at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Auditorium. In his second trip to MSU since 1999, King’s address will be on “A Rumor of Freedom, A Rumor of War: The Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and Vietnam.” King, who teaches at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, also served as a chaplain and dean of students at Tougaloo College in Jackson, Miss.

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Partnership helps educate South African students

It all started with a visit from two Zulu artists.And now, Sally McClintock and other mid-Michigan teachers are launching a project that could send many children in an impoverished region of South Africa to school.McClintock, a retired East Lansing Public Schools teacher and administrator, is the founder and director of Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-cultural Education, or LATTICE, a partnership that allows mid-Michigan teachers to collaborate with international students in the MSU College of Education.The organization is selling baskets made by women in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa, and using the proceeds to send the artists’ children to school.“Public schools are not free in South Africa,” McClintock explained.

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Telecommunication class creates Virtual Commerce Mall on Internet

While new technology is making a world of virtual businesses available on the Internet, some MSU students have been learning more about it through a simulation of their own.Charles Steinfield’s Telecommunication 891, Advanced Electronic Commerce, has constructed the Virtual Commerce Mall - a Web site with nine virtual stores created by students.Steinfield, a professor of telecommunication, said it’s important students understand how business and technology combine.“Part of the problem that we’ve had with all the dot com failures is a whole lot of people started creating Web businesses without really knowing enough about what makes a good business,” he said.

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Panda habitat examined

Some MSU wildlife experts are looking to have an impact on the protection of giant pandas and endangered species around the world. Jianguo Liu, an associate professor of fisheries and wildlife, is the lead author of the paper “Ecological Degradation in Protected Areas: The Case of Wolong Nature Reserve for Giant Pandas,” which was published April 6 in Science magazine. “I, like many people, love pandas and I wanted to do something to help save them,” Liu said.

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Schools grade policy may change

A failing grade can make many students wish they had never taken a course. For students at the University of Alabama, this dream has been a reality through its academic forgiveness policy - a chance for students to drop up to three completed classes from their grade-point averages. Thinking of transferring?

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Researchers seek new methods of identification

MSU computer scientists are looking to create technology that works for you - and only you.Anil Jain, a professor of computer science and engineering, has been studying various methods of personal identification for the past 10 years.“One of the areas I have been involved in is how to identify individuals based on physiological characteristics,” Jain said.

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Events educate U about STDs

While Olin Health Center educators say people should be conscious every day about sexually transmitted diseases and the dangers surrounding them, the health center will be sponsoring events throughout April for Sexually Transmitted Disease Awareness Month.“Every day is awareness day for us,” Olin Health Educator Dennis Martell said.