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Police launch safety number

LANSING - The Michigan State Police hopes it has the number to stop violence in schools. Police, education and government officials unveiled a new anonymous hotline Wednesday for students, parents and teachers to report threats in Michigan’s schools.

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Stepshow raises money for charity

Eleven acts, dressed in costumes using props ranging from wood canes to soda cans, rallied those attending the Greek Week annual tradition of Stepshow on Tuesday with rock-stomping beats.The event held, at the Auditorium, was part of a series of events held by greek chapters during the spring tradition known as Greek Week, which runs through Saturday.Greek Week co-chairwoman Jackie Kim described Stepshow as an “amazing stomping, clapping, body moving choreographed show.”“It is one of the more adrenaline running and exciting performances that we put on during Greek Week,” the nutrition science senior said.

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Students, community observe day of silence

Members of MSU’s Alliance of Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender community and its supporters will be silent today, as part of Pride Week’s National Day of Silence.The day is designed to draw attention to those who have been silenced by hatred, oppression or prejudice.“There’s so many LBGT people who are silent and invisible everyday,” explained Doug Copeland, president of Spectrum, a caucus group that represents the east campus LBGT community.

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Council to approve plans for Earth Day celebrations

The East Lansing City Council is expected to approve plans to close Ann Street for Earth Day celebrations at today’s regular meeting. The April 22 holiday will include performances by local bands at the Ann Street Plaza and areas for environmental groups to promote conservation, recycling and waste reduction. Teri Parks, owner of Bohemian Barber, 223 M.A.C.

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Task force looks to help voters

Alicia Paulistin tried to vote in November’s election in East Lansing, but was turned away from the polls twice before she received any help.Although she eventually filled out an affidavit that allowed her vote to be counted, the English senior was confused by the problems she encountered.“They said I wasn’t registered to vote here - I know that I registered to vote here,” she said.

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Student trip to Mexico emphasizes labor justice

Language and lifestyle may have been barriers but Adam Szlachetka, along with other students nationwide, learned they had one thing in common with Mexican workers - they were all fighting for a difference.Along with 14 other people, Szlachetka, an MSU political economy senior, traveled to Metepec, Mexico, two weeks ago for five days to speak with striking workers who work for the Kukdong Factory - one location Nike Inc. uses to produce clothing for many universities, including MSU.“The biggest thing about this trip was knowing that all the work we are doing is being noticed by the workers,” said Szlachetka, who is a member of Students for Economic Justice, a student-led movement against unfair labor conditions and universities involved with companies tied to sweatshop involvement.

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Elegant dinner in the making

Guests will be wined and dined like never before Saturday at Les Gourmets, a dinner hosted by students in the School of Hospitality Business.Those who attend this annual event can look forward to enjoying a champagne reception followed by a seven-course dinner.

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Greek Week kicks off charity events

Greek Week 2001 was dealt an April Fool’s joke Sunday, when snow and rain caused the co-chairpersons of Greek Week, Jackie Kim and Mark McConnell, to cancel the opening field-game events.“We were going to have food and a DJ,” said Kim, a nutrition science senior.

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U to host 24-hour Relay For Life

The motto of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life is, “It’s about a community that takes up the fight.” And the MSU community is working to show that’s a true statement. Stephanie Rigler, community development director for the American Cancer Society, said 450 people have already signed up for the event that will take place April 20-21 at Jenison Field House.

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James Madison student receives fellowship award

This summer Andrew Krepps will be working side by side with high-ranking government officials in Washington, D.C.The international relations senior from Marquette is the first MSU student to receive the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellow award.

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Group investigates wrongful convictions

A Cooley Law School group working to free those wrongly convicted of crimes in Michigan is on the way to its first test.A Calhoun County judge ordered evidence used to convict Michael Hicks of the 1993 rape and kidnapping of a 19-year-old woman be sent to a California lab for DNA testing.

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LGBT Pride Week offers unity, entertainment

Despite chilly temperatures on Sunday afternoon, seven students tackled the weather during the Fruitbowl - an annual football game sponsored by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community - at Walter Adams Memorial field. “We were hoping for a better turnout, but only the hard-core LGBT community is out here today,” public policy junior Chris Szmadzinski said jokingly during halftime. Sunday’s football game was one of the kick-off events for Pride Week at MSU, which lasts through Friday.

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Engler appoints new state treasurer

Gov. John Engler appointed former state Treasurer Doug Roberts to take over his old post Thursday.Roberts will replace current Treasurer Mark Murray, who was selected to become Grand Valley State University’s next president.

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Event promotes literacy

Students, adults and children went skating Friday to help wipe out illiteracy.The Student Michigan Education Association and the Capital Area Literacy Coalition held the annual Skate for Literacy program.