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    “”Urban Explosion,”” an event demonstrating key aspects of hip-hop subculture, will be held this Saturday, March 2, in front of Earl’s Place in Earl Warren College.

    The event, sponsored by Warren College Residential Life, will examine the four elements of hip-hop: break dancing, tag art, disc jockeys and MCs. Local music and dance performers will be on hand for the event, which will also feature interactive activities for the public. Free food and prizes will be provided.

    The event starts at 1 p.m. and admission is free. For more information call the Warren Residential Life Office at (858) 658-9490.

    Biologists report environmental dangers caused by ants

    According to research conducted by environmental biologists, the presence of the Argentine ant in California’s coastal region has caused detrimental effects to the surrounding ecosystem.

    The Argentine ant has displaced a significant number of native ants in the Southwest United States. In turn, the population of the horned lizards that inhabit the areas invaded by the Argentine ant have declined by more than 50 percent due to the lizard’s preference for the larger size of native ants.

    The significance of the phenomenon is largely evident through the indirect effects of like-species competition within the food web of the ecosystem and how biodiversity works to stabilize such ecosystems.

    Two reports were yielded from the research performed by Andrew V. Suarez, who carried out the study alongside a graduate student at UCSD. The papers appear in the February issue of Conservation Biology and Ecological Issues, and both are co-authored by Ted J. Case, a UCSD biology professor.

    Women of Color Conference open for registration

    The University of California Student Association of Women of Color Conference will be held April 5 through April 7 at UCSD. Representatives from campuses across the UC system are expected to attend.

    “”Breaking Chains and Creating Links”” will be the theme for this year’s event, which will serve as an open forum for discussion between minority women on topics such as interracial relationships, activism through art, the prison-industrial complex and recreational activities.

    The event is open to the public. Early registration is due before March 9 and is $15 per person. Standard registration is $22 and must be made before March 23. Checks should be made payable to the UCSA and should be turned into the A.S. External office on the third floor of the Price Center.

    More information regarding the event can be obtained by e-mailing [email protected] or [email protected].

    Book-collecting contest open to UCSD students

    Prizes of $500, $300 and $200 will be awarded to UCSD students who submit winning entries to the San Diego Booksellers Association/Friends of the UCSD Libraries Book Collection Competition of 2002.

    Qualifying collections must consist of at least 25 books that are owned by the student entrant. The collection should follow a consistent theme, whether it features a specific author or subject or a common physical trait, such as fine binding or autographs of the authors. Modern textbooks are discouraged from being entered.

    Each contestant must submit a brief 500- to 1,500-word essay describing the nature of the collection, when it was started, how and why it was assembled and future plans for its development. A bibliography of the collection’s contents must accompany the essay, referencing author, title, publisher, location and date of publication. Commentary on the significance of individual pieces should be made and documented, along with any extraordinary characteristics.

    Past winners have drawn on the ranging themes of African explorers, baseball, whales and dolphins, Edward Gorey and mountaineers.

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