Lianna Blakeman

Lianna Blakeman
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Lianna Blakeman is a senior majoring in English & Writing and Rhetoric with a minor in Business. She joined the Cigar her freshman year and is going into her second semester as Editor-in-Chief. Graduating this December, Lianna is hoping to pursue a career in publishing.
  The Memorial Union Ballroom was packed full this past Tuesday night for the 18th Annual Diversity Awards Ceremony. Students, faculty, staff and organizations were honored for their commitment to community leadership, academic excellence and service in promoting diversity and multiculturalism. A quick video was shown for each of the award...
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