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Orem

An expert on bio-terrorism will discuss the subject Wednesday at noon in the Student Center ballroom at Utah Valley State College.

Roger Newman is a research scholar at New York University's law school. His biography of Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Newman also is the editor-in-chief of a four-volume encyclopedia, "The Constitution and Its Amendments," and co-author of "Banned Films," a history of movie censorship.

He is working on a book on school prayer.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Provo

The Provo Board of Education is seeking applicants for the position of superintendent of the Provo School District.

The district is conducting a national search to replace Patti Harrington, who left in December to take a job with the Utah State Office of Education.

Candidates must have at least a master's degree, while a doctorate in education is preferred.

Applicants can obtain an informational brochure at the school district office at 280 W. 920 North or by calling 374-4800.

The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. on April 18. Applications must be sent to Winston Gleave, executive director of the Utah School Boards Association in Sandy.

UVSC

New four-year degrees in Spanish, dance and music performance were approved by the Utah Valley State College Board of Trustees on Thursday, but they might have to wait a while for state approval.

The Utah Board of Regents, the governing panel for the state's colleges and universities, has placed a moratorium on new degree programs.

"We'll have to wait until the regents are ready," Peterson said.

The bachelor of arts degree in Spanish would be offered by the department of foreign languages.

The dance department would provide both a bachelor of fine arts in ballet or modern dance and a bachelor of science in movement studies with a ballroom emphasis.

The music department would offer both bachelor of arts and a bachelor of science degrees in music performance. Students could choose an emphasis of either vocal music or instrumental.

Salem

Utah Jazz player Raul Lopez visited Mt. Loafer Elementary School recently to reward the students for excelling in a state reading contest.

The students read 778,877 minutes during the February competition. All of the minutes had to happen outside school hours. The average amount of reading for each student was 951 minutes.

Students arrived a half hour early for school to read. While they waited for buses after school, administrators and even custodial staff read to the students.

Lopez, 23, who signed with the Jazz last summer and moved to the Utah from Spain, read to the children in Spanish.

The students also received free Russells ice cream, free Jazz tickets and a basketball signed by the entire Jazz team.

Springville

Utah Valley State College students elected a new student-body president Wednesday.

Swen Swenson, an integrated studies major from Springville, will replace Ryan Vogel.

Swenson earned 53 percent of the 2,398 votes cast. Andrew Marshall finished second at 20 percent and Kenley Grover collected 18 percent of the votes.

Swenson ran as part of a group that called itself Team Now. The other three members of the team also won election as vice presidents: Ryan Coombs, academics; Robb Juhlin, student life; and Alexis Valgardson, clubs.