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BSU to mark Earth Week with events

Bemidji State University will host a week of events in celebration of Earth Day. Events began Monday and will continue through Saturday, April 23.

Earth Week events include:

-- A film presentation, "Collapse," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, in Hagg-Sauer 102. Jared Diamond is an award-winning scholar of ecology, biology and history, and best-selling author of "Guns, Germs and Steel" and "Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed." A globally renowned scholar and author, Diamond finds answers to the massive "Why's" in so-vast-you-don't-notice patterns in history."

-- "Chill Out: Broadcast," at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, in the Excellence in Leadership Center. The National Wildlife Federation will feature the winners of this year's Chill Out: Campus Solutions to Global Warming competition, the nation's premier competition showcasing campus-based climate action.

-- A recorded presentation, titled "Strengthening the Fabric of Our Community by Championing Green Economic Development," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, in Hagg-Sauer 102, presented by Van Jones, eco-visionary, human rights attorney and founder of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. Van Jones is one of the most creative and unifying progressive leaders in the United States.

-- Earth Day events include a student organization presentation from noon-1 p.m. Thursday, April 22, in the Scandinavian Room; 1:30-3:30 p.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m. Lakeshore Clean-up, meeting in front of the Lower Hobson Union; 3-7 p.m. free bike tune-ups, in front of the Lower Hobson Union; 5-7 p.m. free henna tattoos and free buffalo burgers for all students, in front of the Lower Hobson Union; 5-7 p.m. Live music by Hippies and Whiskey and from 6:30-8:30 p.m. a traditional skills workshop on carding and spinning yarn. Advanced registration is required for the skills workshop. Registration forms can be obtained at the Hobson Info Desk.

-- Campus Camp Wellstone, Saturday, April 24. Participants will learn skills to encourage sustainability and environmental stewardship at BSU. For information, e-mail Andrew Spaeth at

The week of April 26-May 1, students are invited to bring an item for the new FreeStore, located in the Excellence in Leadership Center, next to the C3 store in the Lower Hobson Union. Participants will receive a free reusable cloth bag with the BSU logo.

For more details on the events, call Erika Bailey-Johnson at 755-2560.