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January 4, 1999

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"Russia's Deepening Crisis: Causes, Consequences, and Cures" is the title of a presentation by Sergei Mitrokhin on Thursday, January 7, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Stevenson Fireside Lounge. Mitrokhin is a two-term member of the Russian parliament, the State Duma, a leading member of the Yabloko Party, and a specialist on legal and political relations in the Russian federal system. The talk is sponsored by the Department of Politics and Legal Studies and the Stevenson Program on Global Security. For more information, call (831) 459-2833.

United Way logo As of press time, the UCSC community had donated $77,066 to this year's United Way campaign, exceeding last year's total by $5,000. More contributions continue to arrive each day, said Gesna Clarke, chair of the United Way campaign committee, who thanked "everyone who helped make this year's campaign a success." The university's contributions have been increasing steadily for the last seven years. United Way contributions are distributed to local organizations including those serving the elderly, people with disabilities or AIDS/HIV, children in need, and the hungry and homeless.

"On Campus Construction" is the topic of a talk by a representative of the Public Information Office at the January 6 gathering of the UCSC Women's Club. The event is open to the public and will take place at University House from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call University Advancement at (831) 459-2501.

"Thinking Green" is the title of the Stevenson Global Security Winter 1999 Colloquium series. The series kicks off with a talk by Ronnie Lipschutz of politics on Monday, January 4. All the colloquia will be held on Mondays from 3:30 to 4:40 p.m. in Room 152, Stevenson College. The speakers in the colloquium represent a broad range of perspectives on ecological philosophy. Among the questions they will address are: What does it mean to "think Green?" Are Green politics and environmentalism the same? If not, how do they differ? What are the philosophical bases of Green thought? Was Hobbes a closet Green? Do Green political parties have any chance of gaining power, or are they doomed to opposition? What does it mean to be biocentric? Is sustainable development feasible or a fantasy? What do Green political programs propose to do? The colloquium is open to the public, and students may register for one unit of credit. (The colloquium is linked to Politics 114, Thinking Green: Politics, Ethics, Political Economy, Mondays and Wednesdays, 5-6:45, 110 Social Sciences 1.)

The Recreation Office offers inexpensive drop-in fitness classes for staff and faculty. Classes are held from noon to 1 p.m. "Stretch and Strengthen" classes are Mondays and Wednesdays in the Activity Room at the East Field House. "Yoga Stretch" classes are Tuesdays and Fridays in the Martial Arts Room at the East Field House. Classes cost $4/class for staff and faculty (or a 10-class card for $28); $2.50/class for registered students (or a 10-class card for $23); and $5/class for others (or a 10-class card for $39).

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