1. Hunger Clean-Up registration is open; dance-a-thon to benefit event

Hunger Clean-Up is celebrating its 20th anniversary and all Marquette community members are invited to participate Saturday, April 18, by forming a team. Team leaders can register online through Wednesday, April 8. Commemorative 20th anniversary T-shirts and special Hunger Clean-Up Blend Stone Creek Coffee are also available for purchase to support this landmark year. Order forms are available in the Office of Student Development, AMU 329. Monetary donations are also accepted. Contact Laura Skaife, assistant dean for community service, at 8-1412, or David Quam or Brittany Gurgel at 8-2122 for more information.

A dance-a-thon Saturday, April 4, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at 2040 Lofts will benefit Hunger Clean-Up. The event will include free food and beverages as well as a costume contest. Many different types of music will be played, so participants can dress for their favorite decade or genre. The cost to participate is $5 for individuals, $25 for teams of five to nine people and $50 for teams of 10 or more. For more information, contact Vinn Howard.

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2. Robotics courses for young students offered during spring break

The Engineering Outreach Program is offering a series of classes for children April 13-17. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, students can learn to design, build and program their LEGO Mindstorms RCX and NXT robots.

Students 8-18 will work with computer-controlled LEGO bricks that they program to come to life and perform various functions. Working through a number of challenges, such as moving cans and climbing mountains, students learn how to reprogram and advance their robot designs.

Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited. Call 8-6720 for more information and to register.


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3. Statewide general election is Tuesday

Wisconsin’s 2009 spring general election will be held Tuesday, April 7. Voters across the state will consider candidates for state superintendent of public instruction, Supreme Court justice and circuit court judges.

Students who registered to vote in the November 2008 election and whose address has not changed may simply go to their polling site and vote. New voters and students with new addresses may register to vote at the polls on Election Day.

Students living off-campus must bring a form of government-issued identification (such as a driver’s license from their home state) and proof of residence (such as a utility bill or a lease) to register at the polls. Students who live in university-owned residence halls and apartment buildings only need to bring their Marquette ID to register. For more information, including where to vote, visit Marquette’s voter information Web site.

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4. New IRS withholding tables to affect take-home pay

The Internal Revenue Service’s new withholding tables went into effect April 1 and will result in more take-home pay for millions of American workers, according to the IRS. The new tables incorporate the new “Making Work Pay” credit, one of the tax provisions included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Eligible workers will receive this benefit without any action on their part, meaning that workers don’t need to fill out a new W-4 withholding form. Individuals and couples with multiple jobs may want to submit revised W-4 forms to ensure enough withholding is held to cover the tax for the combined income. Publication 919 provides additional guidance for tax withholding.

Employees who do not want their federal tax deductions reduced may want to file a new W-4. They may claim fewer withholding allowances on line 5 or request additional amounts to be withheld on line 6. Additional help is available from the IRS Withholding Calculator.

W-4 changes may be submitted through MyJob. Contact Payroll at 8-7264 for more information.

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5. International flag sashes available for graduation

Seniors graduating in May who have traveled overseas through a Marquette international program or who hold citizenship from another country are eligible to wear an international flag sash at graduation ceremonies. Every country is available.

To purchase a flag sash for graduation, students must complete the order form with the Office of International Education by Thursday, April 16. Order forms must be accompanied by a $30 check made out to Marquette University. Students can pick up sashes along with graduation gowns Tuesday, May 12, and Wednesday, May 13.

For more information, contact Blake Ward, OIE international marketing and communications coordinator, at 8-7289.

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6. Free drawing class offered at Haggerty Museum

The Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art will host a free drawing class tomorrow, April 3, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The class is open to all Marquette students regardless of experience.

Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design senior Jeff Sama will teach the class. Paper and pencils will be provided.

RSVP today to Curator of Education Lynne Shumow at 8-5915.

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7. Free blood pressure screenings tomorrow

The Marquette Student Nurses’ Association will provide free blood pressure screenings tomorrow, April 3, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in AMU Ballroom A. Nursing students who have passed competency testing will administer the screenings with faculty oversight.

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8. LGBT students and Catholic faith discussed at Soup with Substance

The Rev. Bryan Massingale, S.J., will present “The Stone Rejected by the Builders: A Place at the Table for LGBT Students in the Catholic Faith,” at a Soup with Substance tomorrow, April 3, from noon to 1 p.m. in AMU 163. A free meal of soup, bread and water will be served.

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9. Bella movie tells story of a soccer star and waitress

Marquette Students for Life will present the film Bella tomorrow, April 3, at 7 p.m. in Cudahy 001. The film is the story of how an international soccer star (Edwardo Verastegui) whose career comes to an abrupt end and a beautiful waitress (Tammy Blanchard) who is faced with a life-changing decision are brought together into a healing experience.

The event is free and open to the public.

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10. Palm Sunday Masses begin with solemn processions

Campus Ministry Masses on Palm Sunday, April 5, will begin with a solemn procession and blessing of palms. For the 4 p.m. Mass at Gesu, attendees are asked to gather at the St. Joan of Arc Chapel at 3:40 p.m. For the 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Masses at the Chapel of the Holy Family, attendees should gather in the AMU rotunda 20 minutes before the scheduled beginning of each Mass.

For more information contact Emily Schumacher at 8-6873.

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11. Interfaith Prayer Service for Peace is Monday

The second annual Interfaith Prayer Service for Peace will be held Monday, April 6, at 4:30 p.m. in the AMU Chapel of the Holy Family. The service will include readings and elements from diverse faith traditions. The Office of International Education and Campus Ministry are co-sponsoring this service.

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12. Law School holding session about part-time program

The Law School will host an information session about the Program in Part-Time Legal Education on Tuesday, April 7, at 6 p.m. in Sensenbrenner 239. Law School and admissions representatives will discuss the law school curriculum, day/evening class schedules, course streams, admission requirements, application timetable and financial aid.

Registration is required.

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13. Neuroscience center holding colloquium

The Integrative Neuroscience Research Center is hosting Dr. Bonnie Dittel, associate investigator from the Blood Research Institute of Wisconsin, Tuesday, April 7, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:40 p.m. in Schroeder Complex 256. Dittel will present “Immune-Mediated Mechanisms of Neuronal Dysfunction."

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14. HAVEN hosting relationship violence discussion

HAVEN (Helping Abuse and Violence End Now) will host a discussion “Should Love Hurt? Rihanna, Chris Brown and Dating Today,” Tuesday, April 7, at 5 p.m. in the Walter Schroeder Residence Hall multi-purpose room. The program will address celebrity couples, frequency of dating violence and what relationship violence means to Marquette couples.

HAVEN is a partnership of university departments and students committed to providing a safe environment for those affected by relationship violence, sexual assault and stalking.

For more information, contact HAVEN at 8-5746.

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15. I-94 construction updates now available online

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has launched a Web site to provide updates about the 35-mile reconstruction of I-94 that will take place between 2009 and 2016.

Commuters can also subscribe to construction and traffic alerts.

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