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Tip Sheet for the week of April 13, 2009

RELEASED: April 13, 2009

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A group of students are working with a victim's advocate from Mothers Against Drunk Driving to help reduce the number of people who drive with a blood alcohol level over the limit. Students will conduct breathalyzer tests to check the blood alcohol content of willing bar patrons starting the night of April 18. They will offer the tests in the parking lot on the corner of Fourth and Water streets from 11 p.m. April 18 to 2:30 a.m. April 19. Organizers hope giving students information about their blood alcohol level and information about impairment will help them make better choices regarding drinking and driving. The students will use the information they gather during the checks to conduct research to better understand the transportation practices of students who consume alcohol. For details, contact Jennifer Lee, director of the Center for Alcohol Studies and Education, at leejs@uwec.edu or 715-836-5111, or Jacqueline Bonneville, MADD victim's advocate, at bonnevjk@uwec.edu or 715-836-3487.

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Nearly 2 tons of waste a week is being diverted from an Eau Claire landfill thanks to a recently established composting program at UW-Eau Claire. In January, UW-Eau Claire and Veolia Environmental Services launched a composting program, making it one of the first commercial composting programs in the area. Special trash containers in which people can dispose of compostable materials are located near all dining areas on campus and in the dining services' kitchens. Student-created signage makes clear what bins are available for the compostable products, and students are sometimes stationed at the bins to explain the program. In addition to food, other biodegradable products can be placed in the compost bins. The university uses biodegradable plates, cups and utensils in all its retail dining areas. Veolia has a DNR-approved yard waste compost site that it is using for the food composting project. The site is located adjacent to Veolia's Seven Mile Creek Landfill. Since there is significant interest in food waste composting, Veolia hopes to expand the program to include more businesses in Eau Claire. For details, contact Mark Thornton at 715-836-4933 or Christian Wise at 715-836-5261.

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Students, faculty, staff and community members will meet from 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 15, at the historic gathering place Round Hill (near Durand) to learn about local Native American history. The Environmental Adventure Center will present "Native American History on the Lower Chippewa River," a program designed to share information about Native American history on the lower Chippewa River. Dr. Rick St. Germaine, professor of history and American Indian Studies, and others will share insights based on ancestry, research and knowledge of the area. Snacks baked in the brick oven located at Round Hill will be served. For details, contact Dan Langlois at langlodt@uwec.edu or 715-836-3616.

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A rally against domestic and dating violence will run from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in Room 103 of Hibbard Hall. For more information, call 715-836-2693.

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A panel discussion on "The Future of Journalism" will begin at 7 p.m. April 14 in Room 101 of Hibbard Hall. Panelists will discuss what the future holds for journalism majors, educators and the public given the significant problems facing American journalism.

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UW-Eau Claire students will help with the "Puddle Jump," a run/walk to benefit Longfellow Elementary School in Eau Claire.
Members of the Blugold women's soccer team, Alpha Xi Delta sorority and Pi Sigma Epsilon will help with the race, which will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 18, in Phoenix Park. For details, contact Holly Larson at 715-852-3800 or hlarson@ecasd.k12.wi.us.

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