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[C. Copp] Hi, Iím Capri Copp, your host for the December 2nd edition of IUPUIís The Spot.

IUPUI was ranked eighth among the 10 best public colleges in the Midwest. The study conducted by Forbes ranks undergraduate institutions based on the quality of education provided, the experience of the students, and how much they achieved.

With finals ending on Monday, December 21st, what could be better than beginning your winter holiday with a day trip to Chicago? The School of Science Undergraduate Student Council is once again hosting their annual Chicago Bus Trip. The Spot spoke with Council Treasurer, Liz Sweeney for more information.

[L. Sweeney] The purpose is to give students kind of a break after finals. We always do it the day after finals end, so it gives students kind of a chance to relax.

The School of Science Student Councilís been doing this trip for over ten years, and basically what we do is we use student activity funds to rent one or two buses, and then have students pay just a small fee.

The stops that we have are the Museum of Science and Industry, The Field Museum, and Michigan Avenue, which is for downtown shopping. The bus trip will be taking place the day after finals, which is Tuesday, December 22nd.

The price for School of Science students is ten dollars, and for all other students, it is twenty dollars. You can go to LD 222 to pay and to fill out forms. I just recommend getting in there as soon as you can because last year we ran out of spots.

[C. Copp] Finals are almost here and the school year is quickly coming to an end. The Department of Intramural and Recreational Sports would like to help you combat stress from finals by teaching you simple stress reduction techniques on Wednesday, December 9th from noon to 1pm in University Libraryís Lilly Auditorium. You can register for this Stress Busters session by visiting the Rec. Sports office in Physical Education Building Room 043.

The IUPUI University Choir presents an evening of music on Monday, December 7th from 7:30 to 9pm. Tickets are 5-dollars at the door in the Information and Communications Technology Complex Room 152.

Before graduation, it all starts with a vision and a goal, and after graduation, IUPUI alumni are fulfilling their dreams. The Spot went out into the community to find out where they are now. We spoke with Joshua Stahl to see what he has accomplished post-graduation.

[J. Stahl] At first I had wild dreams of becoming a great, successful writer, but after a while, I just kind of became focused on getting through school, getting out, and getting a good job.

I work with the Indianapolis Star. Iím the Assistant Circulation Sales Coordinator, and my job basically, the responsibilities vary. We set the amount of papers that go out in the metro area. We also go out and look for new venues that will sell the Indianapolis Star, and we sell at different events; the Indy 500, the Brickyard 400, Moto GP, Colts and Pacers games.

Now, the IU School of Journalism at IUPUI, the curriculum is fantastic because itís been formulated to set you up for success.

[C. Copp] Are you a Jaguar fan? You can attend a taping of The Ron Hunter Show starring IUPUIís very own, Coach Ron Hunter. The filming takes place in the Campus Center on Mondays from 1 to 2pm. The show airs on Hometown Sports channel 81 on both Comcast and Brighthouse.

This week in sports the both the womenís and menís basketball teams take on South Dakota State at 4:30 and 7pm in the Jungle on Saturday, December 5th. Tickets are available free for students prior to game day with a valid JagTag.

The womenís and menís swim teams have a busy day in the IU Natatorium! Starting at 1pm the women face Ball State and Saint Louis University. The men play Western Illinois, Ball State, and Saint Louis University also at 1pm. Both meets take place on Saturday, December 5th, in the IU Natatorium. Good luck and go jags!

Thatís it f or The Spot this week. Be sure to tune in next Wednesday for the latest campus news and student activities at jagtv.iupui.edu.

Iím Capri Copp, and thanks for Spotting us!

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