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March 29, 2010

At A Glance

The National Jurist ranks UI College of Law Library number one in nation

The National Jurist ranked the University of Iowa College of Law Library No. 1 in the nation for the second time, with the results appearing in the March 2010 edition of the magazine for law students. The UI College of Law Library first received this ranking in 2004.

The UI College of Law Library beat out libraries at Yale Law School in second place; Indiana University Maurer School of Law-Bloomington in third; University of Pennsylvania Law School, in fourth; and Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, in fifth.

The National Jurist editors, who compared 198 law libraries, took a variety of factors into consideration, including comfort, accessibility, convenience and, most of all, availability of the latest technological tools. Although the magazine's methodologies have changed slightly over the years, the number of volumes and titles make up 50 percent of the score; the ratio of library study seating to enrollment counts for 20 percent; and the ratio of full-time professional librarians to enrollment, and the number of hours the library is open each week, account for 15 percent each.

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Orion Trio will present guest concert at the UI March 31

The Orion Trio -- flutist Leslie Fagan, clarinetist John Klinghammer and bassoonist Adam Trussell -- will present a guest concert for the University of Iowa School of Music at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, in the atrium of the Music West Interim Building (formerly the UI Museum of Art, on Riverside Drive).

The trio will perform Jacques Ibert's Cinq Pieces en Trio, Paquito D'Rivera's Habanera from "Aires Tropicales" and Beethoven's Trio, Opus 87.

All three wind players are members of the Omaha Symphony. Klinghammer is also the principal clarinet of the Des Moines Symphony and second clarinet of the Breckinridge Music Festival.

Trussell is on the faculties of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Creighton University, and Klinghammer is an adjunct faculty member at the College of St. Mary's. Fagan teaches privately and was previously a studio instructor at Roosevelt University.


Gammarino will read from 'Big in Japan' April 12

M. Thomas Gammarino will read from "Big in Japan: A Ghost Story" at 7 p.m. Monday, April 12, in Prairie Lights Books at 15 S. Dubuque St. in Iowa City. The free "Live from Prairie Lights" event will be streamed live and archived on the Writing University Web site,

While playing to lackluster crowds in their hometown of Philadelphia, progressive rock band Agenbite clings to the comforting half-truth that they're doing better in Japan. When their manager agrees to send them on a shoestring tour of that country, however, they're swiftly forced to give up their illusions and return stateside.

All but one of them, that is. Brain Tedesco, the band's chief composer, has fallen in love with a part-time sex worker and his illusions have only just begun in this Dantesque coming-of-age tale.

Gammarino has a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from The New School and is pursuing a doctorate in English at the University of Hawaii. In 2000-01, he was a Fulbright Fellow in creative writing at Kyoto's Doshisha University.


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