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Record number of students to graduate By Margot Pera On Sunday, Dec. 16, about 1,669 degrees will be awarded to graduates of the University of Memphis at two separate ceremonies. This year set a record for most degrees received at the University — 4,322. The first ceremony for the College of Arts & Sciences will begin at 1 p.m. and include the University College and Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. Later in the evening at 5 p.m., graduates of the Fogelman College of Business & Economics, the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, the Herff College of Engineering, Loewenberg School of Nursing, and the School of Public Health will walk across the stage and retrieve their degrees. “We have always split the ceremonies because otherwise it would be too big,” said Vanessa Muldrow, vice president of Student Affairs. “The arts and sciences go with the University College because of the large number of graduates to allow more time and space, this way we can accommodate as many guests as possible.” Scott Morris, founder of the Church Health Center, will be the speaker this year. Morris has a degree from the University of Virginia and a master’s of divinity degree from Yale, along with a medical degree from Emory University. He is an ordained United Methodist minister and writes a monthly column for The Commercial Appeal. n


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By Alexandra Pusateri

Special to The Daily Helmsman The University of Memphis Faculty Senate passed two resolutions focused on providing samesex partners with the same benefits given to married employees at the University. “We don’t have an answer on what same-sex benefits are,” President Thomas Banning said to the assembly Tuesday afternoon. “This is just an issue of getting someone to listen.” The proposals, which originally started as one large resolution, were voted on separately. The first was to give one senator the ability to approach the Tennessee Board of Regents about performing an investigation on any effects experienced by state universities and colleges due to the lack of benefits given to samesex domestic partnerships. “Is it limiting our ability to bring the best and the brightest here?” Banning asked. Thirty-three members of the Senate voted yes to the TBR resolution. No members voted against it. The second resolution posed the question: “Does this membership endorse same-sex benefits equality?”

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University of Memphis Faculty Senate members vote to approve same-sex domestic partnership benefits. nized abstained although the numbers varied. TBR Faculty Subcouncil chair James Bitter of East Tennessee State

Twenty-nine members of the Senate voted yes. Three voted against the proposal. The vote, taken by hand, did not produce any recog-

University was the one to ask that all faculty senates in the state “register its support of, or opposition to, an

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Local venues offer holiday events By Shelby Smith

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David P. Foster plays Crumpet Elf in “Santaland Diaries” through Dec. 23 at Circuit Playhouse.

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T’was two weeks before Christmas, many students went home. For those who stay here, there are places to roam. Local holiday-themed events are offered around town as activities for students who plan to celebrate their holidays in Memphis. Plays and music shows are popular this time of year. Various theatres host Christmas-themed productions aimed toward all age groups that are being shown all month. “‘Santaland Diaries’ is definitely a favorite of mine,” said Lisa Lynch, director of marketing and public relations at Playhouse on the Square. “Santaland Diaries,” by David Sedaris, shows the life of an unem-


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ployed man who takes a job as an elf at Macy’s Santaland. It will be shown at the Circuit Playhouse through Dec. 23 and a student discount is offered with a student ID. “People are always so used to seeing sweet and sugary productions around this time and this show exposes a more twisted side to Christmas,” Lynch said. Theatres such as the Theatre Memphis, Playhouse on the Square, the Orpheum Theatre and the Hattiloo Theatre will produce plays and dance ensembles throughout December. Observing Christmas lights is another common excursion. Zoo Lights and Starry Nights are popular choices in Memphis. “I volunteer 40 hours out here. If that does not tell you that I enjoy it,

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By Erica Horton Catherine Miller was given one week to live. She had a husband, a 2 year old and a 5-month-old baby when doctors diagnosed her with leukemia. “I needed a bone marrow transplant,” she said. “I found a match in Germany and I had the transplant at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.” Four years later, Miller, 40, is in remission and with her husband David Miller, a 44-year-old University of Memphis alumnus, she started the nonprofit organization American Cancer Assistance. “My husband and I saw a need to help people and it changed our

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lives going through that experience and we decided to start a nonprofit,” Catherine said. ACA, a three-year-old nonprofit, helps uninsured cancer patients and their families with medical costs. Formerly a Transportation Security Administration Agent for an airport, Catherine said help from ACA could include copays for doctor’s visits, travel and hotel expenses and even utility bills. “I want people to have a home to come back to after they’ve fought the battle to beat cancer and I also want them to have the means to live,” she said. “It makes me happy to be able to give back and to know that people are depending on me. We have several patients right now who

have breast cancer and can’t go to work. Even at St. Jude where treatments are free, someone has to stay there and take off work and take care of that child, so it’s a tough situation.” People can donate to ACA in the Oak Court Mall on Poplar Ave from now through Dec. 24 during regular mall hours. Near the Dillard’s women’s department in the mall, ACA volunteers have set up a gift wrap table where people can pay four, five or six dollars for small, medium or large gifts to be wrapped, respectively. The fees include box, paper and ribbon. Proceeds benefit ACA. The non-profit has raised about $400 through gift-wrapping services since Friday.

Catherine, who serves as the volunteer coordinator of ACA, said they accept debit, credit and cash and that donations are tax-deductible. David, who received his master’s degree in management information systems in 2011 at the U of M specifically for ACA, said he is excited about the gift-wrapping campaign. “Right now we have around five volunteers and we will need additional volunteers around this weekend,” he said. “We can teach them to be a gift wrapper. All they have to have is the desire to want to help.” Jeffrey Miller, 41, David’s brother and a volunteer gift wrapper, said the work isn’t too challenging and he’s “pretty good at


“There’s usually a lot of people watching and people that come by and they have presents and there are people that stop and want to see what you’re doing,” he said. “It’s pretty easy wrapping presents, but we have gotten a few odd ones that were a challenge.” Miller said people are excited and relieved to have someone wrap their presents for them. “That way you can just take it and put it under the tree,” he said. “Plus, [ACA] is a really good organization. They’re are a unique nonprofit and trying to get a good thing started and help as many people as they can.” Interested volunteers can receive more information by calling David at 901-486-1183. n



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Exhibition shows how technology aids disabled By Margot Pera The Mid-South Access Center of Technology, commonly known as Mid-South ACT, will host a “Reutilization Exhibition” Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. in the River Room of the University Center. The exhibition will show how individuals with mental and physical disabilities benefit from the services of Mid-South ACT. Clients who come to campus to receive vocational training will be able to see demonstrations on how to access assistive technology tools and devices. “Assistive technology is anything that would enable someone to be more independent with everyday things like eating, getting dressed, and bathing,” Mid-South ACT Director Lavonnie Perry Claybon said. One of the clients scheduled to be at the show is a quadriplegic man who learned how to operate a computer using only his head. He will demonstrate how he uses this device in the work environment. Students who are studying in fields such as speech pathology and education will share how they accommodate people with disabilities in

their work fields, and how Mid-South ACT has helped them acquire these skills. Assistive technology allowed handicapped students to build “virtual résumés” to assist in getting a career after college. The virtual résumé allows potential employers to see prospects perform certain tasks that many assume may be difficult for them. Mid-South ACT hasn’t forgotten to incorporate fun into their seminar. The center has created soccer balls with bells in them to allow the visually impaired to play soccer. Business owners who work in the recreational fields will attend the event to learn how to use devices like these in their companies. The event will be topped off with a performance by Memphis Deaf Phinest, former members of White Station High School Deaf Drama Club, showing how they use assistive technology to aid in their dramatic performance. “People do not think those with disabilities can perform certain tasks,” Claybon said. “Our exhibition will show business owners and teachers tools and devices to better aid the physically and visually impaired.” n

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Clothing prices expected to escalate by Spring By Samantha Blake

Special to The Daily Helmsman With cotton prices expected to rise by 10 percent — a 15-year high — retailers and consumers will be forced to weigh price against quality. “Clothing is only worth so much,” University of Memphis film major Devon Haines said. “I like quality purchases, but if the price is too high, I won’t even look at it.” The era of decreased clothing prices is coming to an end as cotton has nearly doubled to what it cost just one year ago. Inflation and inexpensive overseas labor have controlled low costs as clothing prices have been consistently decreasing for nearly a decade. Now that the global economy is making a recovery, the demand for cotton seems to be on the rise. Cotton’s price jump is leaving

retailers searching for countries with lower costs and taxes to carry out production. While China has long been the world’s largest consumer of cotton, its shares have reached more than 70 percent in 2012. Cotton is not the only material that is predicted to rise in price this spring. The price of synthetic fabrics like rayon and polyester has jumped almost 50 percent this past year due to rising cotton prices. As demand for synthetic blends in place of cotton increases, companies are struggling with ways to keep costs down. Higher costs of materials companies must purchase to produce clothing will affect how clothes are made. Consumers and companies will be forced to take sides deciding whether price or quality matters most. “If my purchase isn’t made well, I won’t get the use I need out of it,”

said 22-year-old U of M student Kaitlin Herbert. “The increase in prices will affect me, but only if my favorite stores like Loft don’t continue to make quality pieces of clothing that will hold up.” Herbert said she wasn’t opposed to spending a few more dollars if the piece of clothing would last and was worth it. Less detailing, more synthetic fabrics and smaller buttons are just some of the tactics companies plan to use to cut costs. Many customers have already begun to notice a lack in clothing quality from some of their most trusted stores. “Clothes I had just bought from Target while on a work trip to Milwaukee were all falling apart,” St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital nurse Angela Pratt said. “I had to repair everything after just one wear.” Pratt made it clear that she wasn’t happy with the experience, as Target

is one of her favorite stores to shop due to its wide variety and low prices. While most companies plan to continue use of synthetic materials to keep costs down, top name brands including Levi’s, Hanes, Abercrombie & Fitch and J.C. Penney announced they have or will be increasing their prices to ensure cotton is still used in their clothing. A freshman at the University of Alabama and avid Abercrombie shopper, Callie Campbell said the store’s new jeans, recently introduced as a redesign and advertised as soft and stretchy, are thinner and made with less quality than the jeans she typically can find there. “I don’t spend $100 on a pair of jeans for them to have a hole in the knee a week after wearing them,” Campbell said. Most companies justify that the practice of replacing higher quality

materials like cotton with synthetic materials is caused by fear of possibly losing customers if prices are increased. In order to ensure quality, companies will have to spend more, meaning higher prices for consumers. Companies also realize that consumers don’t have extra money to spend during the current recession and have to decide if they’d rather not scare anyone away with outrageous price tags. To keep prices from increasing, many companies are just making cheaper clothes. In addition to use of synthetic materials, it is predicted that shoppers can expect fewer color choices and style options altogether as companies try to cut costs this spring. Stores that target low- and middle-income shoppers will find the most difficulty in keeping costs down in the near future. n

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Cram Cakes for tired Tigers By L. Taylor Smith Today, students are dragging themselves out of warm beds and to their last day of class. For anyone left standing on Monday, the Baptist Collegiate Ministries of Memphis is offering unlimited pancakes, coffee and hot cocoa for $3 starting at 7 p.m. during an event titled Cram Cakes. Tyler Heston, one of two outreach coordinators at the BCM, helped advertise the event and will be there to make sure everyone gets their fill of pancakes of every kind, including chocolate chip. “Cram Cakes is an annual thing that’s been going on for I don’t know how long,” Heston, a sophomore religion in society major, said. “Last semester we had an Ice Cram, where we had like an ice cream bar and an open mic night.” His co-coordinator, Laura

Carrigan, will help host the event. “Students should come to this event because there will be unlimited pancakes, games and friends,” Carrigan, a junior education major, said. “It’s a great opportunity to relax and meet new people or to hit the books in the study room.” The event is more than just an opportunity for frazzled students to drown themselves in maple syrup. It is also a means to raise funds for BCM mission trips. Each year, the BCM needs to raise about $9,000 to fund mission programs around the world for students at the U of M. The mission programs are part of the statewide BCM organization. “All BCMs raise money, and it goes toward the mission fund, but students also raise their own money through support letters and fundraisers, like selling T-shirts,” Carrigan said. The money raised by each BCM

offsets the cost of travel, meals, lodging, insurance and visas for students. Last summer, about 18 students traveled to different parts of the world to minister. “I’ve had friends go to Thailand, the Grand Canyon and Turkey through the different missions opportunities available over spring and summer break,” Heston said. “I got to intern at a church in Chicago for two months this past summer through BCM summer missions, which was funded partially through these events.” Melissa Sweeney, a junior Spanish major, plans to go to the Cram Cakes session so she can study and get tasty treats without breaking the bank. “It can be hard to find good places to study on or near campus, so it seems like a good option,” Sweeney said. But it may be a little harder to focus than students think.

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Exam Anxiety Finals week less stressful with helpful, healthy hints By Samantha Esgro It’s that time of year again — the time for late-night cram sessions, endless note cards and furious scribbling. Yes, it’s finals week. However, thanks to a few pointers from professionals, it doesn’t have to be unbearable. One healthy hint for relieving stress is exercise. “Exercising helps with circulation of blood to the brain,” University of Memphis health educator Jacqueline De Fouw said. “It helps relieve stress, it releases endorphins, which make you happy, and when you walk, as long as your face isn’t in the cell phone, you can think things over.” Another step is prioritizing.

Students are advised to make sure education is their first priority, not their social lives. “Study before you have your social life so you can have fun without worrying about what you need to do,” De Fouw said. When studying, it is a good idea to stay away from noisy settings and distracting places. “Find a quiet place to study where you aren’t interrupted and set aside time for intensive study sessions,” De Fouw said. The average adult attention span is 10 to 15 minutes, according to “i teach,” an education website of Washington University. While studying for four hours straight seems productive, it can actually do more harm than good. “Only study for an hour and then take a break,” De Fouw said, adding

that the brain tends to remember the first and last thing studied, forgetting details in the middle. She suggested students organize materials by level of importance. “I always like to go over what I already know because it makes me feel good about myself,” De Fouw said, laughing. “But it is important to study what you need to know and what you need to learn.” There is more to studying than techniques. Watching what they eat could be an important study tip for

students. Jennifer Barnoud, nutrition educator at Student Health Services, expressed how important it is to eat properly during the day. “Stay away from anything with a lot of sugar and fat. It’ll give you an energy boost and then you’ll crash,” she said. Barnoud, who agrees with the tips on organization and exercise, also suggested to-do lists as a helpful way to prioritize tests and keep from being overwhelmed.

“Make sure you still get your exercise,” she reiterated. There are tutoring services offered by the University for students who need extra help in a subject. Emotional Support Program Learning Centers can be found at seven different locations on campus, and tutors are also available online. “Just take a deep breath and remember you’ll get through it. We’ve all been through it,” De Fouw said. n

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Domestic Partner Benefits Two hundred and eighty five colleges and universities offer domestic partner benefits, according to a faculty senate proposal at the University of Missouri Kansas City. The following is a list of schools with domestic partner benefits within a 300-mile radius of Memphis.

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• Hendrix College in Conway, Ark. – since 2000 • Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill. – since 2004 • University of Alabama Birmingham – since 2010 • University of Louisville – since 2006 • Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. – since 2000 • Washington University in St. Louis – since 1999 • Webster University in St. Louis • Westminster University in Fulton, Mo. – since 2009

Faculty senator Patti Bradford votes against same-sex domestic partnership benefits.

uuBenefits Continued from page 1 initiative to widen faculty benefits to include same-sex partners,” according to the background information on Tuesday’s agenda. The faculty passed a motion previously to wait until all senators were able to take votes within their departments, and once that occurred it allowed them to give an educated, representative vote on Tuesday. Richard Evans, the U of M representative to the subcouncil, wrote to the body, “I believe that the benefits equality resolution adequately documents my concerns that failing to extend these benefits in Tennessee will cost the state valuable faculty and staff talent.” Evans suggested the Faculty Senate ask for the two items to be included in the TBR agenda for January. The U of M Faculty Senate modeled the University of Tennessee Knoxville proposal, which passed. The UTK proposal specifically includes “health insurance benefits for the domestic partners of LGBT employees, family leave benefits … for the care of their domestic partners, [and] educational assistance benefits for the domestic partners and dependent children of LGBT employees.” While the proposal passed at UTK last spring, Chancellor Jimmy Cheek responded in September, rejecting the resolution due to the state’s public policy regarding the recognition of same-sex domestic partnerships. Since the endorsement of samesex benefits passed the U of M Faculty Senate vote, a motion was introduced to have a separate meeting to detail the resolution. The new proposal, which will be sent to the TBR, will spell out the specific benefits same-sex domestic partners should receive. The Faculty Policy Committee is in charge of drafting the resolution, which will be prepared by no later than the Feb. 19 meeting. n

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uuChristmas Continued from page 1 then I do not know what will,” said Michael Gespring, volunteer at Starry Nights. Starry Nights is a fundraiser that takes place at Shelby Farms Park in which people can behold numerous Christmas lights. On Mondays, people can walk through the park for $5, and every other day, a carriage ride or cars can be taken for $20 a car. “There is also a Mistletoe Village with a petting zoo, pony rides and Santa makes an appearance. We shuffle a lot of people through here every year and it’s a great way to bring the community together,” Gespring said. Various museums including the Botanical Gardens and The Pink Palace also have holiday events for students to enjoy. “Memphis does not get a lot of snow so students can come to Snowy Nights to get their fix,” said Anita Bateman, security at the Botanical Gardens. Snowy Nights runs through Dec. 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights. People can also do arts and crafts, make s’mores and enjoy hot cocoa after the show. “We have college students that volunteer to help entertain the children and they always enjoy themselves. You’re never too old for a cup of hot chocolate and a little fun in the snow,” Bateman said. Other museum events include the Enchanted Forest of Trees and Santa vs. the Snowman, which ends Dec. 31 at the Pink Palace Children’s Museum. “There is absolutely no reason for a student to be bored during holiday break. There is so much to do and its not like they do not have enough time,” Bateman said. n

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Staying Humble Tiger commit talks basketball 10 • Wednesday, December 5, 2012

By Alex Briggs

Special to The Daily Helmsman Twenty minutes after the basketball game against Marion High School, the Rowell Arena at Briarcrest Christian High School was still packed. Star player Austin Nichols could not get out of the locker room because so many fans wanted to congratulate him on another victory. “[The attention] is awesome,” Nichols said, his knees wrapped in ice. “I try to stay humble though; I don’t try to be cocky or anything. I just love [basketball] and I try to go out there and try to play my game.” Nichols, a 6’9” senior, committed to play for the University of Memphis on Nov. 5. Since then, the attention has not stopped. ranks Nichols as the 13th best recruit for 2013 and describes him as a “fundamentally sound big-man who keeps the ball high on the block and off the boards. He can score with his back to the basket, runs the floor very well and can knock down a short jumper.” Recently, Nichols has lengthened the range of that jump shot, even finding success at the three-point distance. “It is kind of unfair,” Briarcrest student Elizabeth Graves said. “He’s bigger and stronger, but he can shoot too.” Nichols’ point totals have also soared this year, including a career high 40-point game against Bartlett High School. According to Nichols, however, scoring is not his only ability. “I’m good at scoring, but I think

I’m an even better passer,” Nichols said. “And if I have no points and [lots of] assists, I’m perfectly fine with that. I’m not a selfish player. I’m not all about that. I just want to have an all-around game, have fun and get the win.” Arguably Nichols’ most valuable asset is displayed as his team warms up before the game. There, Nichols leads the team in drills, talking with his teammates. “I’m trying to fill that leadership role,” Nichols said. “Some of these younger kids have no idea what’s going on and I was in that position [as an underclassman]. I don’t want the kids this year to feel like that. I want to be out there talking and helping them know what to do so next year, when I’m gone, they will be ready.” Nichols was not always a topranked prospect. He was not on any lists for the 2013 recruiting class several years ago. With a few growth spurts and hard work, however, Nichols earned his five-star rating. Players of Nichols’ caliber usually play on Amateur Athletic Union teams during the offseason. These teams provide their players tougher competition and a chance to shine nationally. Two years ago, Nichols played on an AAU team with current Tiger freshman Shaq Goodwin. “AAU ball is probably a little faster than high school. You’ve got bigger guys and no real plays. It’s just up and down,” Nichols said. Local recruiting experts never considered Nichols to be a certain commitment for Memphis head coach Josh Pastner. In the final few weeks before his decision, all signs

seemed to point to Nichols signing with Tennessee. John Martin of The Commercial Appeal reported that Nichols chose Memphis for “the chance to become an icon in a city that worships its college basketball players.” “I know the air in the ball eventually runs out, and I need something to fall back on,” Nichols said in Martin’s article. “If I go to Memphis, I can get my degree, come back, and be sort of like a Penny [Hardaway], a figure like that. That’s what I wanted.” Since committing, Nichols has followed the Tigers avidly, including their disappointing Battle 4 Atlantis tournament run. “I think Joe [Jackson] is a great point guard and I love seeing him play, but Memphis needs his help right now,” Nichols said. “And once they start clicking like they always do, they’ll be fantastic.” Despite all the attention and accolades, Nichols is a regular high school student. “We’re just now studying Macbeth,” Nichols said. “I just got done with my research paper, and man, once you get done with those things, it’s a great feeling.” But what can Memphis fans expect from Nichols on the court? Nichols is an athletic big who can run the floor. At Briarcrest, he takes advantage of his speed and size on fast break opportunities. “At Memphis, I’m going to be playing the perimeter some, maybe a little bit of [power forward] with Shaq down low,” Nichols said. “With us two passing and the great recruiting class coming in, I think we can be unstoppable.” n

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By Bryan Heater

Fresh off a win against the University of Tennessee at Martin Skyhawks, the University of Memphis men’s basketball team faces a much stiffer test tonight at FedExForum when it tips off against the Ohio University Bobcats. The Bobcats [6-1] return all five starters from last year’s squad that

reached the Sweet Sixteen and barely missed out on a trip to the Elite Eight, falling to powerhouse North Carolina in overtime. More importantly, the game serves as a good win on the résumé come time for the NCAA Tournament selection process. “They’re a good team. Really it’s the same team from last year that was a Sweet Sixteen team, and probably should have gone to the Elite Eight,” Tigers head coach Josh

Pastner said. “They had the game won against [North] Carolina, so they are an experienced team. The only thing that changes is their head coach.” In his first season at the helm of the Bobcats program, Jim Christian has led his team to its second-straight 6-1 start. D.J. Cooper heads an Ohio attack that is outscoring opponents 76 points per game to 58.9 ppg. The senior tops the team in scoring and assists, averaging 14.7 ppg and dish-

ing out 7.3 assists per game. “They have very good guard play,” Pastner said. “The Cooper kid can really play and Coach Christian, who I’ve known for a long time, is one of the good guys as well in the business.” All but one of the Ohio starters, forward Jon Smith, averages doubledigits in points. Guard Walter Offutt scores 12.6 ppg, while forward Ivo Baltic and guard Nick Kellogg average 11.1 and 10.7 ppg, respectively.

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Exam Date & Time

6:50 a.m.


Wed., Dec. 12, 7 – 9 a.m.

8:00 a.m.


Fri., Dec. 7, 8 – 10 a.m.

9:10 a.m.


Fri., Dec. 7, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

10:20 a.m.


Mon., Dec. 10, 8 – 10 a.m.

11:30 a.m.


Mon., Dec. 10, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

12:40 p.m.


Wed., Dec. 12, 10 a.m. – Noon

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Wed., Dec. 12, 1 – 3 p.m.

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Wed., Dec. 12, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

7:10 p.m.


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8:50 p.m.


Wed., Dec. 12, 8 – 10 p.m.

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Tues., Dec. 11, 8 – 10 a.m.

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Tues., Dec. 11, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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Thur., Dec. 13, 8 – 10 a.m.

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Thur., Dec. 13, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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