News Briefs

USUAA invites students to candidates’ debate

USUAA will hold a debate for the three presidential candidates Wednesday, April 2, at 4 p.m. in the Student Union Den. Pizza will be provided, and students will have the opportunity to ask candidates about their platforms and ideas for the university in the next year.

Community invited to see indigenous customs

The UAA Human Services Club invites the community to an observance of indigenous customs, a celebration in the spice of life at the Diversity Conference and Celebration on Saturday, April 5, noon-5:30 p.m. in the UAA Cuddy Center.

The event will feature a keynote speaker, ethnic foods and a panel discussion on current issues regarding cultural groups around Alaska.

William Bacon III will speak about a film he helped make on the Native practices of whaling and the attempts made by others to outlaw the practice, even for those who use it for subsistence. Other events include a fashion show of traditional clothing from around the world; Filipino, Polynesian and Alaska Native dance group performances; and craft workshops to get an idea of what goes into creating Native artwork.

The UAA Human Services Club and its co-hosts for this event, the UAA Career Services Center and the Dean of Students Office, share a common goal. They hope to emphasize the importance of preserving culture and cultural identity in today’s society in order to celebrate the wide variety of individuals who work together on campus and around the state.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 786-4513.

Blood Bowl lets students donate competitively

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On April 3 and 4, the Seawolves will go head to head against the UAF Nanooks vying for top honors in the 2008 Blood Bowl Challenge. A team of Blood Bank of Alaska phlebotomists will visit UAA so students can give blood. Everyone who registers to donate at this drive will receive a Blood Bowl T-shirt.

In addition to regular whole blood donation, phlebotomists will also seek donations on the Alyx System. Used by blood banks across the country, Alyx lets the donor give double the amount of red cells as a regular whole blood donation, without collecting other blood components. That means a student donor can give on Alyx and take the summer off from donating, knowing they have helped bolster Alaska’s blood supply for the busiest blood-use months of summer. The Alyx system also replenishes the donor’s body fluids to keep them comfortable before, during and after donation.

Last year, Blood Bank of Alaska supplied more than 34,000 units of blood and blood products to hospitals. Demand for blood is increasing as Alaska medical services become more sophisticated.

Donors should be sure to eat on the day of donation. They should bring personal identification, a list of medications they are currently taking and a list of countries outside United States and Canada they have visited since 1980. Regular whole blood donation takes approximately 1 hour. An Alyx donation takes an additional 10-15 minutes. Post-donation refreshments will be provided.