Lecture on violence and the media

What: A lecture on how American reporters have portrayed the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as less violent than they actually are
Who: Communications Prof. Mark McDonald
When: Today from 6 to 7 p.m.
Where: U-Club, Michigan Union

Training session on public speaking skills

What: A training and informational session on how to develop better public communication skills, including how to lead meetings, deliver speeches, listen to others and gain confidence
Who: Michigan Toastmasters
When: Today from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: Pond Room, Michigan Union

Concert featuring classic holiday songs

What: Students from the Musical Theater Department offer their own spin on classic holiday songs
Who: University Musical Theater Department
When: Today at 8 p.m.
Where: Michigan League Underground

Three things you should know today

1 Conflict diamonds are associated with four main countries: Angola, Sierra Leone, Liberia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Now they’re associated with Leo, too.

2 Elizabeth Bolden, the world’s oldest person, died yesterday at 116. Bolden died early yesterday morning at a nursing home in Memphis, The Associated Press reported. Bolden has held the Guinness World Record title since August.

3 Police are investigating a shooting at Oregon State University. A 19-year-old student shot a man in the thigh while he was rummaging through the garbage in an ally behind his house in October. Police found more than two-dozen weapons in the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity house, the Associated Press reported.

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