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Student Affairs candidate withdraws from race

Junior Stephanie Crissy withdrew her name from the race for Duke Student Government vice president for student affairs. Sophomores Elizabeth Dixon and Mimi Wachendorf remain in contention.

Randall Robinson to speak Tuesday

Lawyer, lobbyist and civil rights activist Randall Robinson is speaking at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 as the keynote speaker of the Black History Month Celebration. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Reginaldo Howard Scholars and the Black Student Alliance are co-sponsoring the Page Auditorium event. Free tickets will be available on the Bryan Center walkway between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Robinson received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Union University and his law degree from Harvard Law School. He has served as the administrative assistant to several U.S. representatives and was awarded a Ford Fellowship. In 1986 he founded and became the executive director of TransAfrica, a Washington-based organization dedicated to protecting and advancing the political, social and human rights of people of African descent throughout the world. He is the author of "The Debt: What America Owes to Blacks."

Huffington, Cunningham to speak this week

The Duke University Union is bringing in two major names this week.

Major Speakers is sponsoring syndicated columnist, political commentator and author Arianna Huffington to speak about corporate fraud, political corruption and her campaign against sport utility vehicles at 6 p.m. Feb. 27 in Page Auditorium. Her speech, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a question-and-answer session and a book signing.

Freewater Presentations is sponsoring a screening of the film, "The Hours" Thursday and Friday, with a special Friday night appearance by author Michael Cunningham, who wrote the book upon which the Academy Award-nominated film is based. The movie, which stars Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore and Meryl Streep, will show at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday and at 8 p.m. Friday. Freewater Presentations films are free to the public.

Computer Science professors win fellowships

Ronald Parr and Amin Vahdat, assistant professors of computer science, have been awarded prestigious Sloan Research Fellowships.

Sloan Research Fellowships, accorded for two-year terms, recognize young scientists who show outstanding promise of making fundamental contributions to new knowledge in the fields of chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, economics and neuroscience.

Parr's research focuses on complex problems that involve reasoning under uncertainty. Vahdat's work concentrates on building scalable, high-performance and highly available Internet systems.

The Fellowships are awarded annually to 112 young scientists of exceptional promise from around the country; 26 past Sloan Fellows have become Nobel Laureates.

Union officers announced

The names of the executive officers are: Jonathan Bigelow, president; Rio Pierce, executive vice president; Charlotte Vaughn, vice president for programming; Raj Jain, finance chair; Pushpa Raja, facilities chair; Sara Hudson, executive secretary; and Adam Siegel, communications.

The chairs of the various committees of the Union are: Preston Whiteway, Broadway at Duke; Kevin Parker, Cable 13; Wenshuo (Nini) Zhang, Freewater Presentations; Nayeli Garci-Crespo, Freewater Productions; Dylan Ashbrook, Major Attractions; John Korman, Major Speakers; Suneel Nelson, On Stage; Monique Bruinsma, Special Events; Courtney Crosson, Visual Arts; and Joe Franklin, WXDU.


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