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Campus tour guides still looking forward

Colleges across the nation are encouraging tour guides to stop walking backwards when giving tours to prospective students, mirroring a three-year-old AU policy. AU started the policy in an effort to minimize danger to the tour guides and also to encourage discussion between visitors and the guides, according to Blair Bailey, a co-coordinator for the AU Ambassador program.

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Enrollment steady despite economy

AU's Office of Enrollment surpassed the number of deposits it needed to meet its 2009 goal as of May 1, according to a campus-wide e-mail sent out by the Office of the Provost. The numbers are a big accomplishment, considering the recent financial struggles many families have had to face, said Provost Scott A. Bass in an statement.

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Class gives sex positive spin

A class at AU is working to promote sexual assault awareness in a positive light with the Yes Campaign. The Communication and Social Change class in the School of Communication is responsible for the public relations portion of the campaign, according to Mark Purdy, a student in the class.

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CASJ petitions for Aramark benefits

AU's Community Action and Social Justice Coalition is petitioning to get fair benefits for Aramark, Bon Appetit and other subcontracted company workers at the university. "This campaign is something that we took upon ourselves after talking to the workers about their conditions," said Geoff Ramsey, a sophomore in the School of International Service and an organizer of CASJ's Solidarity With AU Workers Campaign.

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LASO event to prep youth

The Latin American Student Organization will hold the 10th anniversary Latino Youth Conference, which works to inspire Latino kids in D.C., Maryland and Virginia to continue their education by going to college. "Essentially, we hope to inspire these kids to think about the opportunity of continuing their education," said Isel Galvan, LYC's recruitment chair and a junior in the School of Communication.

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Festival gets extra pep next weekend

The AU Screamin' Eagles Pep Band will perform at the Tidal Basin during the last day of National Cherry Blossom Festival - April 12 - after a long and competitive process. "We're thrilled to [be] performing at the National Cherry Blossom Festival," said Carl Seip, Pep Band president and AU affairs columnist for The Eagle.

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Market blooms at AU

If TDR's Farm to Fork section is not enough to appease your farm-fresh appetite, Eco-Sense's farmer's market, which is scheduled to appear on campus March 30, might be able to help. "Currently, students and faculty do not really have on-campus access to locally grown produce and goods," said Laura Perkins, a sophomore in the School of International Service and Eco-Sense's farmer's market coordinator.

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Students head to LGBT conference

While attending the Creating Change Conference in Denver this week, members of the AU Queers and Allies group are looking forward to picking up new insights and ideas about how to advocate for change on AU's campus. "I hope to build new connections with political and movement leaders, strengthen existing connections, make new friends who are doing activism around the country and learn new ideas for my future advocacy here at AU, on Capitol Hill and back home in Anchorage," said Tonei Glavinic, coordinator of the AU Transgender Advocacy Project, an AU Queers and Allies program.

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South side residents receive study incentives

This week, Housing and Dining Programs started up Study Bucks, a new program that attempts to encourage South side residents to study more, according to Paul Brown, the program's coordinator and assistant director of Residence Life. "Study Bucks has two main goals," Brown said.

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AU students standing up for Darfur, Burma

AU's chapter of Student Taking Action Now: Darfur, a national student-run anti-genocide group, along with several other AU organizations, will collect money on Thursday as part of the STANDFast fundraiser. "STANDFast is a national fundraising effort to donate money to Civilian Protection Program," said Victoria Bosselman, president of AU's STAND chapter.

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