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Tip Sheet for the week of Sept. 15, 2008

RELEASED: Sept. 15, 2008

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Dr. Don Reynolds, professor of mathematics, will discuss the pitfalls of various voting procedures from a mathematical perspective. "Why Must Elections Be So Chaotic?" will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, in Room 100 of Hibbard Hall. With an interest in politics and "the mathematics of social choice," Reynolds's mathematical training prompts him to think about ways the fairness of democratic institutions might be optimized. In October, Reynolds will give a presentation on the same topic to the local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. The media is welcome to attend the Sept. 17 talk. For more information, contact Reynolds at 715-836-2767 or Reynolds@uwec.edu.

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National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week activities will kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, with the Michael Noll Memorial Run/Walk. Registration will be in the Haas Fine Arts Center's parking lot on Water Street. All proceeds will go to the Center for Alcohol Studies and Education, whose mission is to reduce high-risk drinking and prevent the kinds of tragedies that took the life of Noll when he was a senior biology major at UW-Eau Claire. Noll — whose family is among the race sponsors — died after celebrating his 21st birthday. Alcohol awareness events will continue through Friday, Sept. 26. Activities will focus on the dangers associated with alcohol and remind students of the many ways to have fun without alcohol. For details, contact Jennifer Lee, director of CASE, at 715-836-5111, or leejs@uwec.edu.

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The Cabin — the Davies Center's venue that hosts the longest-running coffeehouse series in the nation — was renovated this summer, a project that will greatly reduce power consumption during shows and give students opportunities to work with cutting-edge sound and lighting systems. The Cabin, celebrating its 40th anniversary, hosts free performances nearly every weekend, from open stage shows featuring performers from the campus or community to scheduled events with nationally touring artists. The space has a new performance stage and front-of-house control area. Technical modifications include a state-of-the-art lighting and sound system. The lighting system uses new performance fixtures, which will reduce power consumption by 95 percent per show, while giving the audience a visually striking view usually only found on a national tour. University Centers worked with the University Activities Commission of the Student Senate to design a venue to serve as a performance space and a fully functioning sound lab. Student employees and volunteers will train on one of the most professional sound systems in the UW System. The new sound design has reduced the overall power consumption in the space by 35 percent. For details, call Jim Brockpahler from University Centers at 715-836-4805 or brockpja@uwec.edu.

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A Sept. 16 reception will kick off Hispanic Heritage Month activities. The Office of Multicultural Affairs and Student Organization of Latinos/as will sponsor the Hispanic Heritage Month Welcome Reception, which will run from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Presidents Room of Davies Center. Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to enjoy Latin American food, music and educational displays.

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