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Tip Sheet for the week of April 2, 2007

RELEASED: April 2, 2007

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Students hope to raise $2,000 to feed the less fortunate through a Soup and Bread Night initiative April 3. The dinner will run from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in two campus cafeterias: Riverview Cafe (Hilltop Center) and The Terrace (Davies Center). The goal of the student-run event is to serve 1,000 people while raising awareness of hunger in the Chippewa Valley. Students selected soups, breads and beverages to replace the usual evening menu. The meal will be served by Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich and his wife, Debi, volunteers from student organizations and members of the Blugold Dining committee. All savings in labor and food costs will be donated to Feed My People, a food pantry that distributes donated food and products to non-profit agencies serving senior citizens, single parents, the working poor, the homeless, the mentally ill and others in need throughout the Chippewa Valley. Soup and Bread Night has been a campus tradition since 1995, raising more than $13,000 for Feed My People to date.

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A student group raised $10,646 for the Bolton Refuge House and the Center for Awareness of Sexual Assault (located on campus). This is the second year MOSAIC (Making Our School an Intercultural Community) raised more than $10,000. The money came from activities created to honor the national V-Day Campaign to end violence against women. Activities included a self-defense class, a concert featuring local bands, V-Day Campaign merchandise and performances of the Vagina Monologues, which was produced, directed and acted by students. For details, contact MOSAIC President Emily Langer at langerea@uwec.edu or MOSAIC's adviser January Boten at botenja@uwec.edu or 715-836-3442.

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UW-Eau Claire will kick off its American Indian Awareness Month activities with an opening reception from 3:30-5:30 p.m. April 2 in the Tamarack Room, Davies Center. The event will include reflections on past, present and future American Indian contributions by Paul DeMain. DeMain, known as Skabewis, is a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin (Bear Clan). He is the CEO of Indian Country Communications Inc., chairman of the Navajo Times Publishing Company and a member of the board for the Sequoyah Institute at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The reception will include fry bread and fry bread tacos. There also will be a poster board display on the Indian Nations of Wisconsin and American Indian stereotypes and mascots.

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A Domestic Violence Vigil will begin at 7 p.m. April 2 on the Central Campus Mall to honor those affected by domestic violence. The all-female group Audacious will perform. Speakers include Sarah Harless, domestic violence advocate for the Women's and Gender Equity Center at UW-Eau Claire, Jessica Bryan, from UW-Stout Campus Violence Prevention Project, and Laurel Kieffer, a Women's Studies lecturer at UW-Eau Claire. They will discuss domestic violence and their work as advocates. The vigil will end with participants sharing their thoughts, feelings and experiences with domestic violence. For details, contact Rachel Hawkins of WAGE at hawkinrr@uwec.edu.

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