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Tip Sheet for the week of Dec. 11, 2006

RELEASED: Dec. 11, 2006

Story Idea
A UW-Eau Claire faculty member and a colleague from Florida have completed a first-of-its-kind analysis to determine if teens post identifying information on their MySpace profiles. Justin Patchin, assistant professor of criminal justice, found that a majority of teens are responsible when using MySpace, but some youth still share personal information that could put their safety at risk. While the study found problems with MySpace are not as widespread as most people assume, with 130 million subscribers, even a small percent of teens posting personal information could mean more than a million youth at risk. MySpace — the Internet's most popular social networking site for teens — allows people to create personal Web pages. The media has reported on cases where profiles have been linked to stalking, assault and other violence against teens. Many parents worry that predators can connect with potential victims via MySpace. Their fears are largely based on the assumption that teens post personal information on their sites that could make them potential victims. Patchin's research included analyzing 1,500 teen MySpace profiles that were available for public viewing to determine if those assumptions were accurate. Patchin is available to discuss the research. You can reach him at 715-836-4058 or patchinnj@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
"Bike Through the Winter," a workshop offering tips on safely traveling by bicycle through winter, will begin at 6 p.m. Dec. 11 in the Environmental Adventure Center located beneath Hilltop Center on upper campus. Biking substantial distances during the winter is possible. This workshop will teach people how to be safe and keep their bikes in good shape. It will provide tips on: dressing to stay warm and dry during winter riding; staying safe in low light and slippery conditions; maintaining a bike through cold, snowy and salty conditions; and finding the best winter routes. For details, contact Jeremy Gragert, an AmeriCorps *VISTA member in the Center for Service-Learning who helped organize the event, at 715-836-5283 or gragerje@uwec.edu.

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December commencement ceremonies for 740 students will begin at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 16 in Zorn Arena.
Graduates from the College of Business, College of Education and Human Sciences, and College of Nursing and Health Sciences will participate in the morning ceremony. Students from the College of Arts and Sciences and Graduate Studies will be in the afternoon ceremony.

Calendar Items
Fall semester classes will end Dec. 15. Final exams will be Dec. 18-22.

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