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Feb. 4, 2008

At A Glance

Kinnick 'Gridiron Bash' April 18 to feature Kelly Clarkson

Two-time Grammy Award-winner Kelly Clarkson will perform in the first concert ever staged in historic Kinnick Stadium on the University of Iowa campus on the evening of Friday, April 18, as part of the 2008 Gridiron Bash, the UI Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and MSL Sports and Entertainment announced Friday. Clarkson will be joined on the stage in Kinnick Stadium by former UI football student-athletes, members of current UI teams, and to-be-determined local entertainment that will serve as opening acts in a celebration that will happen the night before the Iowa football team's annual spring practice. More information at and the full release at

Dance Marathon surpasses $1 million goal

The University of Iowa's 14th annual Dance Marathon raised a record-breaking $1,003,646.14 this weekend, almost $4,000 more than its goal of $1 million and $120,000 above last year's receipts of $880,000. More than 1,500 UI students participated in the event Friday to Saturday, Feb. 1-2, at the Iowa Memorial Union.

Dance Marathon is a nationwide, student-run philanthropy that raises money for the Children's Miracle Network. The UI Dance Marathon supports programs that benefit children with cancer, and their families, at UI Children's Hospital. The program has raised $6.4 million and helped more than 600 families. For more information, call 319-353-2094 or visit

UI named a best value in higher education

The University of Iowa is among the top 100 best values in higher education, according to Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine. The university was ranked as the 54th best value of 500 public colleges or universities reviewed by the magazine and ranked in its February issue.

Factors that went into determining the rankings were top flight academics-measured by SAT/ACT scores, admission and retention rates, graduate rates and student:faculty ratios --  and affordable costs -- including total costs for in-state students, students with need, students without need, and average debt. The university was ranked 74th among public universities based on its out-of-state tuition. For a complete list and accompanying story, visit the Kiplinger's Web site at

Register as a bone marrow donor Feb. 7

Urgently needed volunteer marrow donors are being recruited by UI Project Marrow, a student-run program. You can register as a marrow donor from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb, 7, in the Iowa Memorial Union, 3rd floor, Room 351. For more information, contact Alison Kahan, Project Marrow student president, at or contact the Iowa Marrow Donor Program at 319-356-3337.

Geneva Lecture Series presents 'Faith, Film and False Assumptions' Feb. 8

Frederica Mathewes-Green will discuss "Faith, Film and False Assumptions: Christians and the Transformation of Culture" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 in Shambaugh Auditorium in the UI Main Library, at the corner of Washington and Madison streets as part of the Geneva Lecture Series. Mathewes-Green, who is a an author, movie critic and social commentator, will share mistakes Christians make about entertainment and popular culture and will provide suggestions for a better path.

Mathewes-Green will discuss freelance writing as a career at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 in Gerber Lounge, Room 304 in the UI English-Philosophy Building.

She will give a talk titled "Facing East: A Pilgrim's Journey into the Mystery of Orthodox Christianity" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7. This talk is co-sponsored by the UI Orthodox Christian Fellowship.

All three talks are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Ed Laarman at 319-341-0007 or


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