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Lunch box politics

State Sen. Emily Couric, D-Charlottesville, will appear at tomorrow's meeting of the Women Faculty and Professional Association in the Newcomb Hall Commonwealth Room.

"She will be talking about legislative issues that affect each of us as employees and citizens of the Commonwealth," said Susan Levine, assistant to the deans and WFPA president.

Couric's speech will serve as the association's legislative update, which takes place every year, Levine said. Del. Mitch Van Yahres (D-57th) spoke last year.

Couric will speak from noon to 2 p.m. The meeting is free and open to the public, but attendees will have to supply their own lunches. The event organizers will provide beverages and dessert.

Although the WFPA has not asked for RSVPs from members, they hope for a good turnout, Levine said.

She said the WFPA also has different speaking programs throughout the year.

"I suspect we'll have more programs in the spring," she added.

Service, seniors and singing

Some senior citizens will have a reason to smile Saturday. The Teacher and Student Community force, a service CIO, will visit the Cedars Retirement Home for its "Senior Sing." In addition to TASC Force members, the Academical Village People will make an appearance and perform.

"It will be a two hour thing," said Grace Ahn, third-year College student and TASC Force volunteer coordinator. "We'll be making cookies and talking and singing with the seniors."

The Academical Village People have worked with the TASC Force before, Ahn said.

"They've been coming to our projects and helping us out," she said. "Our president knows them very well, so she invited them."

The TASC Force is a new service group at the University. The group has two large projects per semester, and the Senior Sing is the second, she added.

The group's first project was helping with Make A Difference Day earlier this semester.

"We just started last semester, and this semester we became a CIO," Ahn said. "We're still in the process of developing."

Compiled by Andrew Merson


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