The Truman Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) will sponsor a panel discussion and open forum "Honorary Degrees, Commencement Speakers, and the Case of John Ashcroft."  In light of recently released “torture memos” and with current heated politics at the state and national levels, many members of the University have expressed concern that Truman has invited such a controversial figure as John Ashcroft to speak at the upcoming Commencement and, further, to receive one of the first honorary degrees awarded by the University. In the spirit of academic freedom, all members of the University community are invited to this open discussion at 7 p.m. April 27 in Magruder Hall 1000. Jerrold Hirsch, professor or history, will moderate a small panel of students and faculty with the intent to hear all views. For more information contact Marc Becker at

Classics Club will sponsor Vergil Vigil at 7 p.m. April 28 at the University Club House. Students, faculty and community members will gather to read Book IV of Vergil’s Aeneid aloud in Latin.

Beta Theta Pi will host a 1990’s-themed trivia night with all profits going to benefit the Adair County Humane Society. The event will take place at 7 p.m. April 28 in the Student Union Building Conference Room 3000. The entrance fee is $5 with teams of up to seven people. E-mail team roster requests to

The Student Activities Board will present a murder mystery at 7 p.m. April 28 in the Student Union Building Down Under.

Alpha Phi Omega will sponsor “Adopt-A-Puppy” from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 29 on the Quad. Play with a puppy for a donation of $3. All proceeds will go to the Adair County Humane Society.

The final physics colloquia of the spring semester will take place at 4:30 p.m. April 29 in Magruder Hall 1096. John P. Ralston from the University of Kansas will present “Exploring the Un-Quantum Universe.” Quantum mechanics was initially developed as a set of "patches" applied to a faulty operating system called Newtonian physics. A growing body of research dispenses with the historical path and views quantum theory as a generic framework for describing experimental data. Quantum theory is more simple and rational when built without traditional hero worship, concept errors and mysticism. The framework is so useful there's no need to restrict it to fussy microphysical systems. The presentation will include recent applications to areas where Planck's constant is absent, including radio engineering, cosmology, and even pharmaceutical chemistry. Snacks are provided five minutes before the talk. For more information about the colloquium series and upcoming talks, visit

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) will meet at 4:30 p.m. May 1 at the University Club House, located at 516 E. Patterson. Contact Marc Becker at or call 785.6036 for more information.

Franklin Street Singers, Truman’s premiere show choir will present their spring concert. Their final concert will be at 4 p.m. May 2 in Baldwin Hall Auditorium. A compilation of the semesters’ work will be performed at 8 p.m. May 3 in Baldwin Hall Auditorium.

Truman Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) will sponsor the Truman Furniture BAZAAR
from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. May 6 on the Quad. Students can buy or sell their furniture. For more information on how to sell, contact Michelle Tuttle at

The Faculty Weekly Lunch Series will host an extra session at 12:30 p.m. May 6 in the Student Union Building Spanish Room. The session will discuss the definition of service-learning and course tags indicating a service-learning course to make registration easier for students. Members of Faculty Senate and faculty utilizing service-learning are urged to attend.

The General Honors Medal Ceremony is scheduled for 4 p.m. May 8 in the Sunken Gardens (rain site is the Student Union Building Alumni Room). General Honors in Arts and Sciences is awarded to graduating seniors who have completed five approved courses, with at least one course from each of the areas of mathematics, science, humanities and social science with a grade point average of at least 3.5 in those five courses and an overall grade point average of at least 3.5. Forms are available on the General Honors website at or from Rebecca Harrison in McClain Hall 321.

For information about “Next-generation Jobs,” a summer program to support 18-24 year olds in jobs of the future, go online to
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