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By Kim Stravers
Arizona Daily Wildcat
February 23, 1999
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Type O Negative - it' not just a band name, it's a mission. The Red Cross is holding another of their frantic (yet well-organized and completely safe) blood drives today at the Cactus Garden on the Mall. Donate your life juice (especially if you have the aforementioned type) between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Call 623-0541 ext. 173 for further instructions.

Hate all that construction on the Mall? Find out what the end result of all that jackhammer racket and bulldozer beeping will be today at the Open Mall Committee Meeting. Anyone interested in the future of our grassy common should come to room 226 of Old Main (it's the Conference Room) from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Diane Newman can give you the agenda if you call her at 626-2630.

Though the close of February brings us one step closer to Spring Break, it also shortens the time we have to officially celebrate Black History Month. Take advantage of the UA's pre-planned festivities from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Today's Black History Month Film, "Sugar Cane Alley," will be showing in room 100 of the Martin Luther King Building. Call Eleanor Navarro at 621-5665 for details.

Whether we'll admit it or not, most Americans just love to read about our officials' bedfellows, bosom buddies, and backstabbers. Wouldn't it be a nice change to get behind the media lens for once and see what really goes on behind governmental doors? You can - just come to rooms A313 or A314 of the Main Library between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. for Congressional Internship Information Night. Congressional staff members from Arizona senators' and representatives' will be on hand to answer your questions about course credit and give you a job description. This session is sponsored by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the College of Humanities, and Federal Relations. Call the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at 621-1112 for more information.

Unless you are aspiring to work for the Weekly World News, stop mistaking stellar objects for UFOs and get the facts. Four of the five planets visible to the naked eye will be in the Tucson skies tonight through Friday. Flandrau Science Center has set up telescopes on the lawn for your personal education. Be on the grass from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight to catch glimpses of Saturn, Venus, Jupiter, and Mercury. Get more information by calling Flandrau at 621-STAR.

While many of our East Coast relatives think we Arizonans fraternize with cactus and herd cattle all day, we know the West is about more than Old Tucson Studios. Hear some perspectives on where Manifest Destiny has led us at tonight's Voices of the American West reading. William Kittredge, renowned Western author, will share some of his nonfiction prose with you at 8 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Modern Languages building. He is the first writer of the series, which is sponsored by the English Department. For upcoming speakers or details about this one, contact Richard Shelton at 621-1836.