Around Campus: Monday, November 26, 2012

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Champions ... Again!

UNC's women's volleyball team captured its third Big Sky Championship title Saturday night with a dramatic comeback victory over Idaho State. On Friday, the Bears will make their third trip to the NCAA Tournament when they play the University of Oregon Ducks in Eugene, Ore.

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15 Minutes of Campus-Wide Fame: Audition for UNC's Got Talent

Show off a secret or not-so-secret talent and try out for UNC's Got Talent from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26, in the Longs Peak Ballroom, located in the University Center.

First place recevies a $500 cash prize, second place $200 and third place $100; the top 10 acts will be featured in UNC's Got Talent on Thursday, Jan. 17.

Take a moment to sign up here. For more information, please contact Shanice Clarke at (970) 351-3204.

Educate Yourself on World Aids Day - Wednesday, Nov. 28

Nearly 35 million people around the world are living with HIV/AIDS, according to a study in 2010. Learn more about this disease today, on World AIDS Day, and attend events sponsored by GLBTA, University Program Council and the Center for Peer Education starting at 9 a.m. in the University Center ballrooms. The schedule is as follows:

Experience: 9-10 a.m.

Enjoy a display of the World Aids Quilt at the memorial, with music provided by the UNC Quartet.

Education: Noon-4 p.m.

Take advantage of knowledge that is available to you and find out more about what Aids resources are available in the Greeley community.

Entertainment: 6-9 p.m.

End the day on a happy note with a Rent sing-a-long while enjoying popcorn, pretzels and and refreshments.

For more information, please contact Shanice Clarke at (970) 351-3204.

National Student Exchange Info Session

If you'd like to broaden your horizons by studying away from UNC for awhile but aren't ready to study in a foreign country, plan on attending an information session about National Student Exchange from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, in the Spruce C room in the UC. NSE provides opportunities for you to study for a semester or a year at nearly 200 colleges and universities a little closer to home in the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.

For more information, visit the NSE website.

ISET Book Sale Nov. 28-30

The Interdisciplinary Studies Elementary Teaching program will host its annual Scholastic Book Fair 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 28-30 in McKee 102. The fair is an excellent opportunity to purchase children's literature (preschool-third grade, including books in Spanish).

Scholastic Books are an affordable way to add to your personal and professional libraries, and get holiday ideas and gift ideas for children. Only cash and credit cards will be accepted (no checks).

For more information, contact Jaime Donahue, 351-1602.

Priest Who Inspired Book, Film on Exorcism to Speak at UNC

A Vatican-trained exorcist whose experiences inspired a book and a 2011 movie will share some of his experiences with demonic possessions Nov. 27 at the University of Northern Colorado.

The Rev. Gary Thomas, who's been a Catholic priest for 30 years and conducting exorcisms for the past seven, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, in the ballrooms of the University Center, intersection of 10th Avenue and 20th Street.

The Rite, the film that Thomas inspired, will be shown at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, in the Panorama room in the University Center. Both events are free and open to the public. Free parking in lots adjacent to the UC will be available.

Thomas has conducted exorcisms on 10 people since studying under an Italian exorcist in Rome and being certified by the Vatican. He was asked to study exorcism by the bishop of the Catholic diocese in San Jose, Calif. Thomas is a full-time priest at a church in nearby Saratoga.

The team that assists him with exorcisms includes a medical doctor, a clinical psychologist, a psychiatrist and if needed, a lay person he describes as having a gift for discerning demonic presences.

Thomas used his $25,000 consulting fee from the film to start a fund to help those he sees when they need a referral for mental health or medical services and don't have insurance or the ability to cover the costs.

The film, co-starring Anthony Hopkins, is based on the 2009 book of the same name by journalist Matt Baglio, who attended exorcisms with Thomas while the priest was apprenticing in Rome.

Thomas' appearance and the showing of The Rite are sponsored by Bear Catholic, a chartered student organization on the UNC campus.

French Film Series Concludes with 'Le chateau de ma mere'

The UNC French Club and Department of Modern Languages' French Film Series concludes Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 6 p.m. in Candelaria 0025 with a showing of Le chateau de ma mere (My mother's Castle). Shown in French, with English subtitles, the film is free and open to all.