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Senior is Mass. Cherry Blossom princess

Senior Melissa Chin was chosen to represent Massachusetts as the 2004 Cherry Blossom Princess during the Annual National Cherry Blossom Festival to be held in D.C. March 27 to April 11.

State societies chose one princess based on accomplishments, community service, leadership and poise. The National Conference of State Societies involves societies of each state and territory of the United States.

The conference is a co-sponsor of the Cherry Blossom Festival. At the festivities, one princess will be chosen at random to be Cherry Blossom Queen. The queen will win a trip to Japan for its Cherry Blossom Festival.

Chin was chosen based on making the Dean's List as well as serving as a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She is involved in the AU community, Chin has been a Resident Assistant, co-chair of the Senior Gift Committee and an AU Executive Ambassador.


Sigma Chi's 'Who's That Lady?' contest to help the Children's Miracle Network

From March 15 through 24, the Sigma Chi fraternity will hold an event called "Who's That Lady?", the female equivalent to Phi Mu's Big Man on Campus. Nominations are due by March 1 and are free of charge.

Voting will be 50 cents for one vote and $1 for three. The winner of the competition will be announced on Wednesday, March 24, during the Eagle Nights event. The winning student will receive a gift certificate to the restaurant of her choice, and the two runners-up will receive certificates to area businesses.

All proceeds will benefit the Children's Miracle Network. Nominations have been placed in organization mailboxes and can also be found online at

- K.O.

Ukrainian journalists to discuss freedom of press

Students are invited to an informal exchange of ideas with a visiting group of Ukrainian journalists about how Americans cover terror, the Iraq War and the presidential election on Monday, Feb. 23 at 3 p.m. School of Communication professor Rose Ann Robertson invited the journalists to AU after talking to the State Department's Community Connections Program, which is sponsoring the journalists' four-day stay in D.C.

"I am president of the D.C. chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, so I thought inviting the journalists would be a worthwhile event," Robertson said.

Some of the visiting journalists include Dmytro Dobrovolskyy, head editor and one of the founders of Trud, a national newspaper that formed under the Soviet Union, and Oleksandr Kulbaka, editor in chief of Visti, the second oldest newspaper in Russia. Other journalists are science writers and culture columnists, as well as reporters on children and politics.

"The journalists would like to talk about the freedom of the press, elections, journalistic education as well as any topic that interests them and AU students," Robertson said.

No site has been announced yet.

- K.O.

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