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Bring your CrimsonCard to the polls

Whether you plan to vote early or go to the polls on Election Day, your CrimsonCard works as a valid voter ID in the state of Indiana. Get out and vote on or before Tuesday, Nov. 6! Satellite voting centers are open now, even on the weekend.

IUPUI Student Activities Programming Board brings home three awards

For the second time in three years, the IUPUI Student Activities Programming Board earned recognition as the Outstanding Student Programming Organization of the Year through the National Association for Campus Activities. Adding to these accolades were individual award recognitions for SAPB president Michael Stottlemyer and adviser Kristin Kreher.

"SAPB has been very purposeful in its efforts to support IUPUI in its educational mission while meeting the needs of all students," Eric Weldy, vice chancellor for student affairs, stated in a letter of support for the award nomination. "You would be hard-pressed to find a more professional, creative and engaging student-led organization on a university campus."

The Outstanding Student Programming Organization of the Year award recognizes the most exceptional programming board in the NACA Mid America region, with specific regard paid to student participation in events and on the board. SAPB also won this award in 2016.

Attend the State of the Campus event

After you vote, get the latest news from the Office of the Chancellor at the annual State of the Campus address at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, in Hine Hall Auditorium. The presentation from Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar will focus on IUPUI's 50th anniversary as well as events from the past year. All are welcome to attend.

Reducing tobacco use leads to-do list for public health school's dean

Paul K. Halverson, founding dean of the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI, has crisscrossed Indiana in the last six months to discuss opportunities for improving the health of Hoosiers. Reducing tobacco use tops his list of steps that could be taken to achieve that goal.

Other members of the Alliance for a Healthier Indiana joined Halverson on trips to more than 30 town hall meetings.

Alliance for a Healthier Indiana was formed in response to Indiana's 38th-place ranking in the nation for the overall health of its citizens. Members include the Indiana Hospital Association, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the Indiana State Medical Association, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and the Fairbanks School of Public Health.

As bad as the 38th-place ranking is, the state ranks worse than that for several specific health measures, including 40th in obesity, 41st in percentage of smokers, 42nd in infant mortality and 49th in public health funding.

2018 Tunnel of Oppression opens Monday

The 2018 edition of the Tunnel of Oppression will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 5 and 7 and from noon to 7 p.m. Nov. 6 and 8 in the Campus Center.

The Tunnel of Oppression is an interactive production created by the Social Justice Scholars, resident assistants, and other dedicated staff and students. The tunnel aims to highlight contemporary social justice issues and to introduce participants to the concepts of oppression, micro aggressions, and the "isms" faced by numerous communities in today's society. Participants are guided through a series of scenes that aim to educate and challenge them to think critically about issues of oppression. At the end of the tour, they are provided with the opportunity to discuss their experiences with each other through a guided facilitation led by a faculty or staff member.

This year's tunnel will feature four scenes and a new Center of Hope featuring local resources and ways to combat social injustice within your own community.

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Student volunteers stand at the 2017 Tunnel of Oppression event. Photo by Liz Kaye, Indiana University