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Thursday, Jan 20, 2011

My UNI Weekend is a digest of weekend (Thursday - Sunday) entertainment and recreation opportunities at UNI, mailed on Thursday mornings during fall and spring semesters. Submission deadline is noon, Wednesday. Submissions will be rejected if sponsorship by a university department, program or organization is not clear.

THURSDAY EVENTS

CAMPUS IS INVITED TO DIVERSITY TOWN HALL

One of UNI’s institutional priorities is to value, promote and teach about diversity. To further advance these efforts, President Allen invites students, faculty and staff to the third annual UNI Town Hall Meeting on Diversity from 2 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 20, in the Old Central Ballroom, MAU. This year’s recipients of the Diversity Matters awards also will be honored. A Diversity Fair will take place from noon to 2 p.m., also in Maucker Union. To learn more, visit www.uni.edu/diversity.

'INTO THE WILD' CAB EVENT

Go "Into the Wild" for CAB's first event of the spring semester from 8 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, in the main area, MAU. There will be a live reptile exhibit, SNAKES ALIVE!™, with herpetologoist Tom Kessenich. SNAKES ALIVE!™ lets you interact "up close and personal" to discover firsthand the fascinating world of reptiles. Participants will be able to create their own fish tank (remember, fish are allowed in the residence halls). There also will be lucky bamboo plants and information available on nature topics from student organizations. All CAB events are free. If a student organization or interested persons would like to have a booth at this event, contact Kim Kluesner at kluesnek@uni.edu.

HOW MUCH INFORMATION IS TOO MUCH INFORMATION? THE WIKILEAKS CONTROVERSY

Join the Northern Iowa Democrats, the College Republicans and Young Americans for Liberty at 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 20, in the Hemisphere Lounge, MAU. Discuss whether the First Amendment protects those who disseminate information and if the proposed SHIELD Act is constitutional.

VISIT THE PLANETARIUM

Visit UNI's Planetarium in LAT 105.  Two shows each Thursday at 7 and 8 p.m. The planetarium seats 25 and shows begin promptly on the hour.

FRIDAY EVENTS

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

UNI's state relations officer Joe Murphy will host a legislative update from noon to 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 21, in the Elm Room, MAU. Topics include the state budget process, budget cuts and other policy items affecting UNI during this legislative session.

BASKETBALL

Women's Basketball hosts Evansville at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 21, in the McLeod Center.

'DIE FLEDERMAUS'

The UNI School of Music and the GBPAC will present the operetta "Die Fledermaus" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. The opera revolves around practical jokes, faked identities, long-deliberated revenge and the power of champagne. For tickets, call 273-4TIX or visit http://www.uni.edu/tickets.

SATURDAY EVENTS

'WHAT YOU WILL' ART EXHIBITION

 “What You Will” is an invitational exhibition honoring Saturnalia, an ancient winter tradition celebrating revelry, misrule and inversion. It's part of a yearlong series of events featuring UNI Department of Art alumni titled "Time is Ripe." Participants include: Gillian Christy, Noah Doely, Pam Echeverria, Sarah German, Inok Kalkwarf, Matt Kelleher, Abinadi Meza, Chawne Paige, Angela Pease, Tyler Speicher, Trent Stainbrook and Margaret Whiting. Gallery hours are  noon to 5 p.m. Free. 

GBPAC PRESENTS 'SLEEPING BEAUTY' JAN. 22

The Russian National Ballet Theatre was founded in Moscow during the transitional period of Perestroika in the late 1980s, when many of the great dancers and choreographers of the Soviet Union's ballet institutions were exercising their new-found creative freedom by starting new, vibrant companies. Today, the Russian National Ballet Theatre is its own institution, with 50 dancers of singular instruction and vast experience, many of whom have been with the company since its inception. See "Sleeping Beauty" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at the GBPAC. Youth tickets for "Sleeping Beauty" are $1. "Curtain Talk" will begin 45 minutes prior to the start of the show.

TENNIS

Tennis hosts Iowa at noon, Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Black Hawk Tennis Center, in Waterloo.

BASKETBALL

Men's Basketball hosts Drake at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 22, in the McLeod Center.

SUNDAY EVENTS

'WHAT YOU WILL' ART EXHIBITION

 “What You Will” is an invitational exhibition honoring Saturnalia, an ancient winter tradition celebrating revelry, misrule and inversion. It's part of a yearlong series of events featuring UNI Department of Art alumni titled "Time is Ripe." Participants include: Gillian Christy, Noah Doely, Pam Echeverria, Sarah German, Inok Kalkwarf, Matt Kelleher, Abinadi Meza, Chawne Paige, Angela Pease, Tyler Speicher, Trent Stainbrook and Margaret Whiting. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m., Sunday.

BASKETBALL

Women's Basketball hosts Southern Illinois at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 23, in the McLeod Center.