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[C. Copp] Hi, I’m Capri Copp, your host for the February 24th edition of IUPUI’s The Spot.

The IUPUI Department of Music and Arts Technology is proud to announce the performance of China’s Peiyang Chorus of Tianjin University on Thursday, March 11th at 7:30 pm at the Indiana Historical Society. Tickets are available at the Jagtag office for $5 with your Jagtag. Contact Michele King at 317-278-3264 for more information.

Freeze for a reason by showing your Jaguar pride and taking the Plunge at this year’s Special Olympics Indiana Polar Plunge. The event will be held this Saturday, February 27th. To register with a team and for more information, visit soindiana.org.

The second week of March is communication week, and it is sure to be a funny one. The Department of Communication Studies has titled the 2010 communication week, “Funny Bussiness: Looking at the Lighter Side of Humor.” We spoke with Communication Club advisor, Mr. Mike Polites for the details.

[M. Polites] Okay, Communication Week is about bringing to the forefront the Department of Communication Studies and the discipline of Communication Studies and letting people know what it is we do, and part of the research in communication is “humor,” and so, this week, we’ve chosen a theme of “humor” this week, so on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, we’re going to have events circling around “humor”: humor in the classroom, humor in the workplace, and humor in the media.

Comics that Care is going to be the kickoff for Communication Week this year. That’s going to be on Monday, March the 8th at 7 pm in the Campus Center in the big ball room upstairs, and Comics that Care was actually started 5 years ago with Hurricane Katrina, and we work in coordination with the Salvation Army, and this year, all of the proceeds from Comics that Care are going to go to Homelessness Bites, which prevents homelessness for homeless women and children here in the Indianapolis area, so we again are working with the Salvation Army.

We’ve got a great lineup of standup comedy including, we have 5 comics in the Indianapolis are, including myself. I don’t just teach, and our headliner this year is Auggie Smith, who you may have heard on the “Bob and Tom Show.” He’s a regular there, and he’ll be our headliner this year, so we’re very excited about that.

[C. Copp] Women’s History Month begins next week, and this year’s national theme is “Writing Women Back into History.” On Monday, March 1st, A\'Lelia Bundles, the biographer and great, great granddaughter of Madam CJ Walker will speak at IUPUI to launch the 2010 celebration of Women\'s History Month. The event will begin at 6 pm in Campus Center, room 450. Visit ofw.iupui.edu for more information.

The IU School of Physical Education introduces a new and improved website. The Spot spoke with Dean James Gladden for more information.

[J. Gladden] The site is up. It went live about two and a half weeks ago, and we are making some final tweaks and adjustments, but for all intensive purposes, it’s up and operational. Over the next year or so, we will probably be adding some enhancements to the site to make it even more usable and more helpful to those people that come to the site.

[L. Klaum] In the fall, when we initiated this project, our IT manager, Dave Hoffman, the dean of this school, and the Department of OCM utilized feedback from students that we’d collected from an informal process, and part of that conversation involved a current student navigation vehicle, so student’s should utilize this new site because it’s a great resource of information.

There’s contemporary news topics that are featured on the home page. There are pieces of research that our school is involved in and our students are involved in producing that are available out there, so it’s a great way for students to stay engaged and current on the happenings of the school.

[J. Gladden] Alright, here in the school, we are very focused on continuous improvement, and the website should be a perfect example of that. This is something that we hope to be updating, refreshing, developing over the next year such that it’s a wonderful tool for a wide variety of publics.

If any of you have any suggestions on how we can make this a better website, please feel free to send us an email at p (as in Paul) e t (as in Tom) m (as in Mary)@iupui.edu. [petm@iupui.edu]

[C. Copp] Last week was the final week for the IUPUI Jaguars men’s basketball team to play at home for the season. Last Thursday night, while former IUPUI basketball superstar George Hill’s number 3 jersey was retired, the Jaguars defeated UMKC with a 103 to 65 win. The final home game last Saturday was also a win with a 77 to 61 victory over Southern Utah. To track the progress of your IUPUI Jaguars, visit iupuijags.com.

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

I’m Capri Copp, and thanks for Spotting us!

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