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Tip Sheet for the Week of Sept. 19, 2005

RELEASED: Sept. 19, 2005

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Kinesiology students at UW-Eau Claire are leading an early morning exercise program at Putnam Heights Elementary School called "It's funner to be a runner."
Putnam Heights students, teachers, parents, siblings and others who are interested meet at 8 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the area behind the Putnam Heights school next to the park. Runners go through the nature trail and back to the school. The program started Sept. 13 and its organizers are calling it a success. Participants ran a total of 93 miles during 30 minutes the first day. The goal is for participants to run the distance of the state of Wisconsin from Superior to Racine, which is about 421 miles. Organizers track the total number of miles run each day and update the school progress after each session. If they reach their first goal, they'll then try to run the distance across the country. Research has been proven that kids who exercise before school do better academically. Organizers also want to help kids understand the importance of lifetime fitness and how living a healthy life style can help them meet many personal goals, both physically and academically. Leaders hope 30 minutes of exercise before school will help students meet these objectives. For details, contact Sean Yengo, senior lecturer of kinesiology, at (715) 836-4097 or yengosp@uwec.edu.

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The Student Senate's Student Life and Diversity Commission will host a celebration called "World Music for World Peace" from 6-7 p.m. Sept. 22 on the Central Campus Mall. International foods will be available. The event kicks off the university's 2005 Artists Series season. The first performance will feature Emam at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena. Emam spreads a message of world peace through world music. The eclectic amalgam of people and musical heritages brought together by Emam combines elements from Indian, Turkish, Macedonian, Spanish and Eastern European folk idioms with jazz, rock and new age music. Emam performs with artists from around the world. The concert will feature artists from Iran, Kazakhstan, India and the U.S. For details, contact Beverly Soll at (715) 836-4419 or sollba@uwec.edu.

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UW-Eau Claire will celebrate Constitution Day, the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, with a roundtable discussion. "Constitutional Law for a Changing Supreme Court" will begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 in Schofield Auditorium.
The event will feature presentations by Oscar Chamberlain, a senior lecturer of history; Michael Fine, a professor of political science; and James Tubbs, an associate professor of political science. Panelists will discuss how a Chief Justice Roberts and a President Bush-nominated associate justice will likely impact constitutional law in cases involving the First Amendment, privacy, criminal rights and federalism. And they'll provide historical perspective on the often contentious nomination process. For details, contact Rodd Freitag, political science department chair, at (715) 836-5044 or freitard@uwec.edu.

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The "Race for the Environment" is slated for 10 a.m. Sept. 24 on Putnam Drive. The 2 mile run/walk is sponsored by Fun Runners, SNEHA and the UW-Eau Claire Conservationists. For details, e-mail klukaskk@uwec.edu or mcraitpj@uwec.edu.

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