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Bug expo allows area students to discover beauty of insects

MSU’s Department of Entomology has been taking time to share its knowledge about little creatures with little people.Elementary students from Lansing and East Lansing school districts made a trip to campus Wednesday for the second annual insect expo at the Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education.The event united students who participated in this year’s “Get Bugged” Mentor Program - which pairs entomology graduate students with local classrooms on a weekly basis to share insect-related projects.“It’s a way to showcase MSU primarily, and secondly, a way to interest people in insects and science,” said Barb Stinnett, outreach coordinator for the Department of Entomology.

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ASMSUs new leader to build on foundation

For 90 minutes, Matt Clayson was in a pressure cooker.The pressure cooker was the ASMSU representative office, where Clayson remained with fellow ASMSU Academic Assembly chairperson candidate Steve Lovelace on Tuesday, awaiting the assembly’s final decision on its new leader.

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Learning Resources Center offers test-taking workshops

If the term “finals week” makes your blood pressure rise and your palms sweat, officials at the Learning Resources Center think you might want to start preparing now.General business management freshman Nicole Leffler said she’s starting to think about finals already - and for good reason.“I have a lot of finals that are the week before finals week,” she said.Although Leffler said she’s not too worried yet, she knows she has to stay ahead of the game, especially for the cumulative exams.For interested students, the Learning Resources Center will host “Preparing for Finals” workshops for three days next week, to aid students in areas such as time management, stress reduction and test-taking skills. Fred Barton, coordinator of the center, said students from various class levels attend the workshops to refresh their skills prior to exam week.“It doesn’t really matter what kind of test you’re taking - the skills are generic,” Barton said.“The workshops teach you how to make sense of what you read as well as the most effective way to transfer the information in your head onto the test.”The workshops are from noon to 1:30 p.m.

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Disney to host celebration congratulating U sports teams

While members of the MSU hockey and men’s basketball teams were unable to say they are going to Disney World this year, the Magic Kingdom is coming to them instead.The Walt Disney Company, in conjunction with the university’s School of Hospitality Business, is sponsoring a celebration tomorrow in room N100 at the Eli Broad Business Complex to commemorate both team’s accomplishments throughout the 2000-01 season.

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Tickets available for Angelous campus visit

Ticket windows are now open for people wishing to see Maya Angelouspeak at MSU April 18. Angelou, an acclaimed poet, actress and playwright will speak at Breslin Student Events Center to kick off this year’s Take Back the Night events. “This is an incredible opportunity for students to come and see one of the foremost authors come speak,” said Melanie Olmsted, an international studies junior and co-director of the MSU Women’s Council - the group that worked to bring Angelou to campus. “It is such a privilege to have her come and speak and I hope students take full advantage of seeing such a nationally renowned speaker,” she said.

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Students bring chapter of National Organization for Women to campus

The National Organization for Women’s newest Michigan chapter is starting up at MSU next Tuesday - and seeks volunteers and new members. MSU NOW co-president Kate Schmitigalsaid bringing the organization to MSU would be beneficial for students. \"NOW will provide both female and male students a chance to get involved through NOW with activism they are passionate about,” the history freshman said. The organization, founded in 1966, is the largest feminist organization in the nation.

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Car part made safe for environment

A team of MSU professors are trying to make a small but significant change in the way automakers build cars. Mani Subramanian, an MSU professor of material science and mechanics, is involved in a group research project to develop a new type of soldering for circuit boards in automobiles without the use of lead, an environmentally damaging product. “We are famous for our composite solders,” he said.

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Candidate problems result in new election

While newly elected ASMSU representatives took their respective seats last week, Charles Beachnau did not have a spot reserved.That is because Beachnau, who won his bid for a Student Assembly College of Agriculture and Natural Resources representative seat last month, is awaiting the results of an ASMSU special election, which is scheduled to end Wednesday.

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GEU members, officials discuss campaign

University officials met with members of the Graduate Employees Union on Monday to address concerns about an anti-union campaign. “In the course of our discussion, the union raised some particularistic concerns about material (circulated by the graduate school),” said Bob Banks, assistant vice provost for Academic Human Resources.

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Union mural to display distinguished, influential faculty

MSU faculty, students and visitors walking into the Union Station Cafeteria will be greeted by 13 faculty members who have been part of the university since 1855.While the people will not be able to shake the visitors’ hands, they will be present in a 55-foot mural on the north wall of the cafeteria.“These 13 individuals are some of the most influential faculty members since the beginning of the university,” said James Sheppard, director of the Union.

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U hosts Model United Nations conference

Nick Kowalczyk wants Soviet troops to pull out of Afghanistan.The senior at Novi High School was one of more than 80 students participating in MSU’s first-ever Model United Nations conference, which puts high school students in the roles of U.N.

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Assembly leaders to be elected

As MSU’s undergraduate student government continues efforts to fill its representative seats, the time has come for the election of new leaders as well. During business meetings Tuesday and Thursday, ASMSU representatives will elect chairpersons and vice chairpersons for both the Academic and Student assemblies’ new sessions.

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Dinner displays students gourmet talents

Students in the School of Hospitality Business were able to showcase their talents Saturday evening with the 50th anniversary of Les Gourmets.Les Gourmets, an annual student-run event, offers guests a fine dining experience put on by students and graduates.

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Scholars gather to speak on race relations

Educators and professionals from across the country joined MSU students on campus this week to delve into issues of race and ethnic diversity in the new millennium. The event, “Race In 21st Century America: A 2nd National Conference,” is put on by James Madison College and the Midwest Consortium for Black Studies, a group that includes MSU. Curtis Stokes, an assistant professor in James Madison College and chairman of the conference planning committee, said in its second year, the event has blossomed. “We crafted this idea and it has become a national phenomenon,” he said.

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New RHA president shares goals for future

Nick Kovacic’s term as the new president of the Residence Halls Association doesn’t begin until Wednesday, but his goals for the 2001-02 year are ready for action.Among them, Kovacic said he wants students to view RHA as an organization committed to serving and representing them.“If students have issues or concerns about anything, they should be able to come to us,” Kovacic said.

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Model UN educates high-schoolers about world viewpoints

Some of the world’s biggest problems are about to be placed in the hands of high-schoolers.More than 80 students from across the state will participate in MSU’s first Model United Nations conference at the Kellogg Center this weekend.The conference, sponsored by the International Relations Organization, gets under way at 7 p.m.

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Debate team excels in national tourney

The Spartan basketball team isn’t the only program at MSU showing consistency in Final Four appearances.Last week, two members from MSU’s debate team reached the semifinals in two National Championship debate tournaments for the second consecutive year.