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February 24, 2011

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Honor Scholar Program

President Casey recently announced that all of the honors programs at DePauw would be undergoing review. The Honor Scholar Program, however, was not included in the programs that were up for adjustments. Director of the Honor Scholar Program, Kevin Moore, said that there are several ways that the Honors Scholar Program is different from the other honors programs.

Dr. Moore says that the reason the Honor Scholar Program is not under review is because it is the only honor program that doesn’t require an internship. He said President Casey is only looking to tweak the programs slightly to find out what they are doing well and to help them develop into even better programs.

Dr. Moore said that he hopes to see the program continue to grow by letting helping students interact with the community and expand their academic experience beyond what is required in the classroom.

Union Board Plans Spring Community Service Project

The DePauw Union Board is planning to implement a major community service event alongside its annual spring concert. The project idea was presented at the organization’s Wednesday meeting and includes the student incentive of a possible meet and greet with the concert performer. Campus and Community Chair Nora Murphey said she secured additional funding from allocations board for a community activity with local non-profits. Murphey plans to work with the United Way to reach out to organizations that would benefit from small afternoon projects. Students interested in participating will sign up in groups of around eight to be stationed at one of the organizations. Each group will also be entered to win a meet and greet with the concert act. Murphey thinks the project will attract students for its non-fundraising approach and hopes it will become a fixture for future spring concerts.

MURPHEY: "This is going to give them a more sort of hands-on interaction. It’s going to be no money involved, and ideally this will become something students recognize."

Union Board Co-President Delana Colvin says a concert performer is yet to be finalized.

Little Sibs weekend coming up, people make their own plans

Friday afternoon marks the start of Little Sibs weekend, the annual event that gives students a chance to bring their younger siblings on campus and allows them to get a brief taste of the DePauw experience. The Union Board will be hosting events for the visitors this weekend, including a game night in The Den and a magician who is set to perform Saturday night at seven in the UB Ballroom. Students are not required to register their visitors and over the last few years the attendance at University-held events for younger siblings has been dwindling.

This is something that the University has taken into account. According to Assistant Director of Campus Activities Uzoma Oluka, "Students tend to make their own plans to be with their siblings, so Little Sibs weekend is much more casual, laid back, and less formal than other events like Family weekend". The University is expecting the number of siblings on campus this weekend to be on par with previous years.

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