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University police receive security grant

The University Police Department has received a $150,000 grant from the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, according to the UAA Web site. UPD applied for a $588,000 grant but received only $150,000. The new funds will be used to upgrade the dispatch center’s equipment and repeater system. These upgrades will give the UPD a direct communication line with the Office of Emergency Management, the Anchorage Police Department and the Anchorage Fire Department. UPD plans to reapply next year for enough money to install an Alaska Land Mobile Radio System, which would give UPD a two-way radio communication system.

UAA Russian center to host Siberian leaders

The University of Alaska Anchorage’s American Russian Center will host nine women and one man from Siberia this winter for the ARC Community Connections program. It is the second year ARC has participated in the program. While in Anchorage, the group will visit local families and non-profit groups to learn about recruiting volunteers, fundraising and government relations. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Voting day draws near

UAA is cracking down as Nov. 2 draws near. USUAA held a candidate fair Oct. 25 in the upper level of the Student Union, which featured candidates from Wasilla to Anchorage. The candidates were available to talk about issues and listen to voters who stopped by during the day. The last debate between Tony Knowles and Lisa Murkowski will be Oct. 26 in the Wendy Williamson Auditorium at 7 p.m. There will be an absentee polling station in the Student Union from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 1 and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Diplomacy Building and Student Union on Nov. 2. A polling station for general elections will be available in the Student Union from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. as well.

Clothesline Project hits UAA

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In support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Office of Student Affairs will sponsor the National Clothesline Project in UAA’s Student Union. The project features simple T-shirts hanging on a clothesline but each has powerful messages and statistics about violence against women. The project originally began in Cape Cod, Mass. when a small group of women, inspired by the AIDS quilt, began to hang shirts on clotheslines to project their message. According to the National Organization for Women’s Web site, messages in the past have included: “Teach me to cry and when I have learned to cry, teach me to dance so that I may dance in the puddle of my tears,” and “You can batter my body but you can’t touch my spirit.” Though the project began with 31 shirts on display in Massachusetts, there are now between 35,000 and 50,000 shirts in projects nationwide. The National Clothesline Project will be on display from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 27 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 28.