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April 29, 2011

At A Glance

UI Fencing Club hosts sectional tournament April 30-May 1

The University of Iowa Fencing Club is hosting the 2011 United States Fencing Association (USFA) Midwest Sectionals Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 at the UI Field House.

Men's and women's events in foil, epee and saber will be held, with possible additional events for fencers under 19. Events begin at 9 a.m. and conclude around 4 p.m. each day. This tournament will be a qualifier for Division 1A at the USFA Summer Nationals. Several members of the UI Fencing Club will compete and run the event as well.

Spectators of all ages are welcome to attend this free event. For more tournament information see

For more information on the Hawkeye Fencing Club see or contact UI Fencing Club Vice President Sara Pettit at


Textbook buyback starts May 3 at the University Book Store

The University Book Store will be offering textbook buyback in the Old Capitol Town Center store location Tuesday, May 3 through Saturday, May 14.

Free parking is available in the Old Capitol Town Center parking ramp for students selling their books at the University Book Store. Students can also sell their books at Mayflower, Hillcrest, or Burge dormitories starting on Tuesday, May 10.

For a complete list of textbook buyback locations and times and to look up textbook values, visit


UI Charles A. Hale Memorial Lecture May 5 examines Mexican police news
The second University of Iowa Charles A. Hale Memorial Lecture will be presented by Pablo Piccato at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in the International Programs' Commons, 1117 University Capitol Centre. His talk is titled "Nota Roja: Justice in the Golden Age of Mexican Police News." This event is free and open to the public.
The talk will examine crime and police newspapers and magazines in Mexico between the 1930s and 1960s, when the roles of reporters as detectives and criminals as public figures shaped social views of justice and the truth behind crime.
Piccato is a professor of history and the director of the Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University in New York City.
Charles A. Hale taught Latin American history at the UI from 1966 to 1998. His research focused on Mexican liberalism in the 19th and 20th centuries. He was a deeply admired presence on the UI campus and a crucial supporter of Latin American studies.
This event is sponsored by the Latin American Studies Program, International Programs and the UI Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
For more information, contact Heidi Vekemans at or 319-335-3862.


RAGBRAI to hold College Spirit Day July 29

On Thursday, organizers of RAGBRAI (Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) announced plans to hold an inaugural RAGBRAI College Spirit Day Friday, July 29, when riders, alumni and fans are encouraged to wear their school colors.

RAGBRAI is collaborating with the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa and Drake University to plan the event. Organizers are planning a number of festivities in addition to dedicating the leg of the bike ride that day -- from Grinnell to Coralville -- to College Spirit Day.

On Thursday, RAGBRAI organizers also unveiled a new collegiate merchandise collection available for purchase in support of College Spirit Day.

RAGBRAI, the world's oldest, largest and longest annual bicycle ride across Iowa, is held annually during the last week of July.


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