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By Kim Stravers
Arizona Daily Wildcat
April 14, 1999
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In light of Monday night's vote to pass the smoking ban in Tucson restaurants, it may behoove some of you nicotine fiends out there to get informed about the dangers of tobacco. (Like you haven't heard it all before!) A myriad of exhibitions and activities have been planned for today's Drug Awareness Fair, which will be fittingly held in the Kiva Auditorium of the Education building. As a special treat, the Coming To Alternative Recovery Theater will perform midway through the event. Be on location anytime between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to confront the facts. Angie Toledo can tell you more at 626-4964.

We happen to live in an age of syntheticism. Though convenient, there are some pretty ominous implications that go along with our disposable diapers and plastic keg tumblers. Find out how a departure from the use of nature's gifts has affected South American society at today's Latin American Area Center Brown Bag Series seminar. Brazilian historian Jose Augusto de Padua will speak of "Annihilating Natural Productions: Nature's Economy, Colonial Crisis and the Origins of the Brazilian Political Environmentalism (1786-1810)" from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 102 of the Douglass building. If you need more pre-lecture information, contact Veronica Peralta at 626-7242.

Edward Hacskaylo will take a warm look back at an intimate arboraceous symbiotic relationship this afternoon at the Tree-Ring Talk. Hear him get all nostalgic about "Mycorrhizae of Trees: A Retrospective" from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 104G of the Arizona Stadium (West). Phyllis Gress can fill in this skeleton of information if you call her at 621-2191.

Though helpful in school-yard situations, the "My mom is better than your mom" stuff doesn't exactly fly in the adult world. Learn how to accept maternal differences - and similarities - today at the weekly Building Academic Community Speaker Series. Kari McBride, of the Women's Studies faculty, will introduce "Native Mothers, Native Others: La Malinche, Pocahontas, Sacajawea" at 12:15 p.m. in Gallagher Theatre. The lecture will run 'til 12:50 p.m., and has been organized by the American Council on Education and the Faculty Fellows. Get further information from Sue Robison at 621-4700.

Think Shakespeare got everything right on the first try? Hell, the Bard has been known to spell his own name six different ways in one letter! Point is, don't feel bad if you're writing isn't spell-check perfect on the first try. Help is available via Kendra Gaines of the Writing Skills Improvement Program. Meet her from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Room 310 of the Modern Languages building for a lesson in "Overcoming Grammatical Errors and Awkward Writing." This Weekly Writing Workshop is free and open to anyone with composition difficulties, so don't be shy. If you want details, Donna Rabuck will give 'em to ya. Just call her at 621-5849.

Hey poets! Come hear your future competition share some of their recent work tonight at the ArtsReach Reading. At 8 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Modern Languages building, approximately 20 to 30 budding Native American students from the Tohono O'Odham Nation, Yoeme Nation and Navajo Nation will show you what they've got. Questions may be directed to the Poetry Center at 321-7760.