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The week ahead

Career choices, women’s b-ball, a capella, and really bad movies

Lectures, book signings, sports games, art exhibitions, club meetings, and concerts are among the numerous events at Boston University each week. Here is a look at campus events this week, Monday, January 30, through Sunday, February 5.

Already thinking about spring break? How about something different this year — attend the Community Service Center’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) information session on Monday, January 30, in the small ballroom at the GSU. Each of this year’s 20 ASB trips will be featured at the fair, which runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Students can pick up registration forms, meet the coordinators in charge of each trip, and learn about the service opportunities, which include environmental work, tutoring, and building affordable housing in 13 different states. For more information, contact Ben Dauksewicz or Mike D’Emic at 617-353-4710 or e-mail altbreak@bu.edu.

What do you want to be when you grow up? On Tuesday, January 31, CAS Career explorations week begins and runs until Thursday, February 2. Each evening students can explore career choices and majors, ask questions, enjoy free food, and network with CAS alumni, who will take part in panel discussions about career choices, challenges, and successes from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the College of Arts and Sciences. After an hour of career planning on January 31, decompress at an 8 p.m. free BU Symphony Orchestra concert at the Tsai Performance Center.

On Wednesday, February 1, Husain Haqqani, a CAS international relations professor and director of the Center for International Relations, journalist, and former ambassador and advisor to three Pakistani prime ministers, will speak about his new book, Pakistan: Between Mosque and Military, at Barnes and Noble at BU from 7 to 8 p.m. Haqqani will sign copies of his book, which gives insights into the longstanding relationship between Islamic groups and Pakistan’s military and details the implications of this alliance for U.S. policy.

Also at 7 p.m., the women’s basketball team hits the court, facing off against the University of New Hampshire at Case Gymnasium.

Christopher Patten, chancellor of Oxford and New Castle universities, talks about his book Cousins and Strangers: America, Britain and Europe in a New Century on Thursday, February 2, in the Photonics Center ninth floor colloquium room at 6:30 p.m. Patten, the last British governor of Hong Kong, oversaw Hong Kong’s return to China in 1997. He also served as Britain’s European commissioner for external relations from 1999 to 2004, a member of parliament for Bath, and chairman of the Conservative Party. For more information, call 617-358-2778.

Also on Thursday, at 7:30 p.m., go watch three “bad movies,” box office flops that the Student Activities Office secretly loves. At BU Central’s Bad Movie Lock-in, you pay $3 at the door and receive $1 back for each movie you stay to watch. Watch all three and you’ll be entered into a drawing for chance to win a 30 GB video iPod. For more information, call 617-353-3635. 

The BU a cappella groups InAchord, Treblemakers, Bostones, and Chordially Yours hope to strike the right chord with judges in the quarterfinal round of the International Competition of Collegiate A Cappella, held on Saturday, February 4, at 8 p.m. in the CGS auditorium. Tickets are available online, or at the door.