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Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 17 - January 22, 1998

Thursday, 22
YMCA Open University Registration, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., YMCA Office.
Cajunfest, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., DBHCC.
STS Lunch Discussion, 12:30-2 p.m., 132 Lane: "The Commercialization of Education at Virginia Tech," by Golde Holtzman.
Men's Basketball, 7:30 p.m.: At Rhode Island.
English Department Lecture, 7:30 p.m., University Club: "For the Love of (Black) Poetry," by George Elliot Clarke, Duke.
Friday, 23
YMCA Open University Registration, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., YMCA Office.
International Club, 5 p.m., Cranwell Center: "The People's Republic of China Today," by James Littlefield.
VTU Film Series, 7 p.m., Squires: "Swingers" (second show at 9:30 p.m.).
Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Diana Koch, oboe, and Anna Finker, horn.
VTU Midnight Film Series, Squires: "Saturday Night Fever."
Saturday, 24
Women's Basketball, noon, Cassell Coliseum: St. Bonaventure.
Men's Basketball, 2:30 p.m., Cassell Coliseum: Massachusetts.
Black History Month Program, 7 p.m., fourth floor of Jamerson Center: "Athletic Activism."
VTU Film Series, 7 p.m., Squires: "Swingers " (second show at 9:30 p.m.).
Chamber Music Concert, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Vocal chamber music featuring contrasting works of Monteverdi and Menotti.
VTU Midnight Film Series, Squires: "Saturday Night Fever."
Sunday, 25
YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., meet at Y parking lot: Huckleberry to Warm Hearth and loops (moderate).
Chamber Music Concert, 3 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Vocal chamber music featuring contrasting works of Monteverdi and Menotti.
Black History Month Program, 6 p.m., Squires Old Dominion Ballroom: "Simply Giovanni" Jazz and Poetry Night, featuring Nikki Giovanni.
Monday, 26
Soup and Substance, noon, 116 Squires: "The New Challenges of Racism," by Ron Giddings.
TAUT Workshop, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: "Conic Sections."
Tuesday, 27
AAUW Conference on Educational Equity, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., DBHCC: With keynote speaker Peggy Orenstein, call 1-5182.
Bloodmobile, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Squires Commonwealth Ballroom.
Women's Basketball, 7 p.m.: At Duquesne.
125th Anniversary Event, 7:30 p.m., Squires Colonial: Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series, "Bioethics in Natural Resources Education and Management," by Donald J. Orth.
TAUT Workshop, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: "Conic Sections."
Men's Basketball, 9:30 p.m., Cassell Coliseum:
Wednesday, 28
Bloodmobile, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Squires Commonwealth Ballroom.
"With Good Reason," 7 p.m., WVTF-FM: "Setting Agendas: American Defense and Foreign Policy Issues," with David Newsom, UVa, and Richard Krickus, Mary Washington.
TAUT Workshop, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: "Conic Sections."
Thursday, 29
University Leadership Development Workshop, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., DBHCC: "Conflict Resolution Skills," call 1-6727.
Bloodmobile, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Squires Commonwealth Ballroom.
Women's Basketball, 7 p.m., Cassell Coliseum: George Washington.
Black History Month Program, 7:30 p.m., Black Cultural Center: "Giving Back to Your Community."
Thursday, 22
Geological Sciences, details TBA. Call 1-6521 for more information.
Friday, 23
Communication Studies, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Hillcrest honors conference room: "Eleanor Roosevelt's New Deal Rhetoric," by Beth Waggenspack.
Thursday, 29
Biology, 3:30 p.m., 3076 Derring: "Endocrine Disruptors at EPA: Science, Policy and Regulation," by Anthony Maciorowski, EPA.
Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Optimal Blocking Schemes for Fractional Factorial Designs," by Hegang Chen.
ElectroMagnetics, 4 p.m., 654 Whittemore: "Backscatter from Clouds," by David deWolf.
Clarke to lecture on black poetry
George Elliott Clarke, a seventh-generation African Canadian who teaches at Duke University and has published three books of poetry, will present a reading/lecture on "For the Love of (Black) Poetry" January 22 at the University Club beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Clarke has a joint appointment in English and Canadian Studies at Duke. His book of poetry called Whylah Falls won the 1991 Archibald Lampman Award for Poetry. Radio and stage versions of Whylah Falls, a verse story about a mythical black community in rural Nova Scotia, were performed in Canada in 1996 and 1997.
Clarke is working on a verse drama/opera called Beatrice Chancy, and previews of the work have been shown in Toronto. He also writes a bi-weekly book-review column for the Halifax Chronicle Herald, Nova Scotia's largest and most respected newspaper.
In his presentation, Clarke will read from and discuss the writing of Whylah Falls. The talk is sponsored by Virginia Tech's Department of English. For further information call 1-6501.
Orth to speak on bioethics
Donald J. Orth, professor of fisheries and wildlife sciences in the College of Forestry and Wildlife Resources, will speak on "Bioethics in Natural Resources Education and Management" Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 7:30 p.m., in Squires Colonial Hall.
The public is invited to the lecture, which is part of a series commemorating Virginia Tech's 125th anniversary this year.
DERC visits Northern Virginia
The Department of Employee Relations Counselors (DERC) will meet with interested employees in Annandale on Thursday, March 27 from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. in room 202A of the Godwin Building at Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus. Take the Capital Beltway (495) to exit 6 West (Fairfax, Little River Turnpike).
The counseling program provides employees outside the Richmond area with an opportunity to meet individually with a staff counselor and to receive assistance in: options for dealing with work-related concerns, discussion of applicable state policies, information on the grievance procedure presentation, and referral for further assistance.
Half-hour appointments must be made in advance. To arrange an appointment, please call 800-552-9720.
YMCA class registration ends January 23
Winter registration for Virginia Tech YMCA Open University classes continues at the YMCA office Thursday and Friday, Jan. 22-23. For more information, call 1-4208.
Orr Memorial Concert scheduled
The 15th Annual Rebecca Orr Memorial Concert will be held Friday, Jan. 30, at 8 p.m. in Squires Recital Salon. Performers from the Virginia Tech and Radford University music departments and the New River Valley present a concert of music including works of Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Holliday, Liszt, Mozart, and Schubert.
Tickets are available at the door. The proceeds of the concert go entirely to the Rebecca Orr Memorial Music Scholarship Fund and the Technique Festival. For more information, please call Caryl Conger at 951-7345 (home) or 831-5815 (office).
Ward to perform African-American writings
Val Gray-Ward, called "the heartbeat of the poet's voice," will perform from various African-American writings at Virginia Tech Monday, Feb. 9, in a program called "Catch the Magic." The performance will be at 7:30 p.m. in Squires Recital Salon.
Ward's performance, critics have said, brings alive Richard Wright's Between the World and Me and Gwendolyn Brooks' The Riot. Her dynamic performances feature characters ranging from a lynched man to a black preacher to a rich man witnessing his first sit-in.
Call issued for papers on cancer research
The 18th Annual Seminar of Cancer Researchers in Virginia, sponsored by the American Cancer Society and Virginia Tech, will be held at Virginia Tech on March 13 and 14, 1998.
Researchers in basic and clinical sciences studying normal and cancer cells, viruses, molecular and cell biology, genetics, immunology, nutrition, diagnosis and treatment of cancer are invited to participate. The meeting will include oral research presentations of ten minute duration.
The keynote address will be delivered by Pierre Henkart from National Cancer Institute who will speak on apoptosis. Abstract forms and other particulars can be obtained from Mitzi Nagarkatti, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061 or by calling 1-5035. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is February 2.
Multimedia Users Group holds presentation
On Wednesday, Jan. 28, from 8-9:50 a.m. in 110 Randolph, the Virginia Tech Multimedia Users Group will feature Jason Lockhart and Ron Kriz in a joint presentation: "Multimedia And Visual Data Analysis: The Next Step."
Lockhart directs the multimedia lab in the College of Engineering and Kriz is director of the CAVE Research Project. Arrangements have been made to provide for several CAVE tours throughout the day and evening hours. This meeting is open to faculty and staff members, students, and the community.
The group's web page is located at http://www.nmc.vt.edu/vtmmug. Contact Richard Hayman at 1-4826 or rhayman@vt.edu for more information.
Venture Out announces events schedule
Venture Out, located in 117B Squires, announces its Winter Adventure schedule for 1998: "Winter Backpacking," Friday-Sunday, Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 (mandatory pre-trip meeting on January 27, 5 p.m.); "Downhill Skiing at Snowshoe," Saturday, Feb. 7 (pre-trip meeting February 3, 5 p.m.); "Cross-Country Skiing," Saturday, Feb. 14 (pre-trip meeting February 12, 5 p.m.); "Spring Break: Backpacking in the Grand Canyon," March 7-15 (pre-trip meeting February 10, 5 p.m.). Call 1-3750 for cost information and details.