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May’s almost over but there’s still lots to do and see here at WOU. Here’s some of the things you can check out this week.

--May 22 - Monday--

Registration begins for fall term so make sure you know what time you can start signing up for classes. We hope you’re able to get all the classes you have your heart set on! And if not, well, there’s always winter term.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the boys of Omega Delta Phi are washing cars to raise money for Nationals, so come on by and show your support while leaving with a clean car- it’s all a win-win situation.

Join the Black Student Union at 5 p.m. for a rousing game of Capture the Flag in the Grove. Compete against other students and, as the name implies, capture all the flags you could ever hope to catch.

Up for a night of free music? Join pianist Mogong Lian for a night of classical music, starting at 7:30 p.m. over at Smith Hall. Like the best things in life, this concert is free.

--May 23 - Tuesday--

From 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., give something back to the community with the Spring Term Blood Drive. The Red Cross will be here both Tuesday and Wednesday for students who want to donate. Register online or pop in. Valid ID is required to donate blood and, eventually, enjoy cookies and juice.

At 4 p.m., join Green Team for an exclusive celebration. After weeks of work, Green Team is ready to reveal their very own Earth Bench to the world. Constructed out of recycled materials, the bench will be installed in the Grove. The reception will be held in Ackerman 141. There will be free food.

Graduate student Erin Westfall presents “Quiet People”, her exclusive graduate recital, which will feature both original compositions and covers of beloved pop and rock hits. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. over at Smith Hall and is free to attend.

--May 24 - Wednesday--

Presenting his lecture “Looking for a Medieval Battlefield: Alcala la Vieja”, join historical archaeologist Dr. Mario Ramirez Galan as he discusses the infamous battle of Alcala la Vieja, which was a pivotal point of the “Reconquista”. Dr. Galan’s presentation begins at 12 p.m. in the Courtney Center, room 105.

Tonight, join the African Students and Friends Association for African Cultural Night, which seeks to celebrate the beauty and diversity of different African cultures. Keynote speaker Dr. Vivian Djokotoe, head of the Criminal Justice department at WOU, will be presenting tonight. There’s a fashion show, food, songs, and fabulous entertainment. The event starts at 6 p.m. and will go until 8. Tickets are available both in advance from the MSSP office and at the door.

Missed Ace in Wonderland or want to experience it all over again? Either way, tonight’s the night to see the show once more with Triangle Alliance’s own Drag Show Viewing. Hosted over at the Mt. Hood room in Valsetz, the event starts at 6 p.m. and is free to attend.

Nianrong Wu, one of our own violinists, is hosting her very own recital tonight at 7:30 p.m. Featuring her own music from two years of study here at WOU, the show is free to attend and will be hosted at Smith Music Hall.

--May 25 - Thursday--

Term is coming to a close and you know what that means- it’s recital time. Starting at 11 a.m., Smith Music Hall will be hosting end-of-year recitals for students in the Music department. Swing by and show your support. All performances are free.

Celebrate your unbirthday with the Mad Hatter’s Dancing Tea Party. We’re sure it’ll drive you mad. In a good way. Formal wear is recommended but optional. The dance starts at 5 p.m. and is sure to only get curiouser and curiouser until it closes up at 8 p.m. Find the Mad Hatter’s Dancing Tea Party in the Mt. Jefferson room in Valsetz.

Wanman Lai, a transfer student from Guangxi Institute, China, performs her end-of-year senior recital. Featuring selections by Chopin, Beethoven, Debussy and more, Lai’s show starts at 7:30 p.m. over at Smith Music Hall. Her recital is free and open to the public.

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The solar eclipse is three months from today! Did you know you can stay on campus for this historic event? Space is filling fast. Get yours at wou.edu/eclipse. ...

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We're thrilled to participate in tomorrow's Discover MI Town event! WOU will have stops at the Bookstore, Cannon Gallery of Art and Rice Auditorium. A shuttle stop is at the corner of Church St. and Monmouth Ave.

Get your tickets online today, or at the YMCA tomorrow in Independence, or the Volunteer Hall near the senior center in Monmouth (both of which are the registration check-in locations). You'll get a passport listing all of the participating organizations. Hope to see you there!


Discover MI Town

May 20, 2017, 3:00pm - May 20, 2017, 9:00pm

Presented by the Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, Discover MI Town is an opportunity for visitors and locals alike to explore the beautiful downtown areas of our community and showcase our wonderful local restaurants, stores, and organizations. Explore downtown Monmouth, and Independence as you venture inside local stores, earning free swag while sampling local wine and beer at select locations!

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Northwest Passage

The Northwest Passage is WOU’s campus literary and arts publication, published twice each academic year. We take submissions for stories, poetry, photography and more. wou.edu/northwestpassage/

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