An Interfaith Service of Remembrance and Hope, in memoriam of victims of the recent tsunami, will be held at the Interfaith Chapel at 4 p.m. on Feb. 3.

Sponsored by both the Interfaith Chapel and UR, the service will honor the thousands of lives lost in the disaster that devastated Asia and East Asia on Dec. 26.

All students are invited and encouraged to attend. Many religions will be represented by the speakers present.

A fundraising chili dinner will be served on the River Level of the Chapel following the service. Tickets for the dinner are being sold in Hirst Lounge, the Common Market and the Chapel. Tickets are a minimum of $6 per person.

Nominations open for

Student Life awards

The Dean of Students’ office is collecting nominations for the Student Life awards.

These annual awards are given to individual students and groups for displaying leadership and quality community service.

“This is the big event for the Dean of Students to give formal recognition to students who deserve it,” said Assistant Dean of Students Matthew Burns.

Names of potential award-winners are submitted by faculty and staff. The deadline is Feb. 11 for submitting candidates, and the winners will be announced in April.

Alpha Phi Omega to sponsor spinal cord research benefit

Alpha Phi Omega will sponsor a spinal cord research benefit concert at 7 p.m. on Feb. 15.

Tickets are currently on sale for $3 at the Common Market in Wilson Commons and will also be sold for $5 at the door. The proceeds from the benefit will be sent to the National Spinal Cord Injury Association.

Four bands will be featured at the concert. As Tall as Lions from Long Island, the Receiving End of Sirens from Boston, Cartel from Atlanta and local band DSpell will all be present to entertain.

Xerox donates money to

Fredrick Douglass project

Thanks to a $58,500 grant from the Xerox Corporation, UR’s Frederick Douglass Project – designed to bring recognition to Douglass’ life – has completed its latest phase.

The project was started in fall of 2001 by UR’s Rare Books and Special Collections department to put online all the historical documents and supporting materials pertaining to the life of Frederick Douglass, the famous abolitionist who lived in Rochester for 25 years.

The Xerox grant paid for the last two years of work. During that time, issues of newspapers that Douglass wrote for were scanned and added to the Douglass Project’s website. The ongoing project is viewed by the Rare Books department as an asset to UR.

“This collection is one of the great treasures of the Rare Books department,” Rare Books Librarian Melissa Mead said. “We want UR students to be aware of it. They won’t be able to get this anywhere else.”

Campus blood drive organized by D’Lions organization

An on-campus blood drive organized by the D’Lion organization is to be held on Feb. 9 and Feb. 10 at UR. The event is co-sponsored by The Amerian Red Cross.

University of Rochester Medical Center is also putting together a program called “2,000 pints of life.”

“We’re going to have cards on which people can put their names as they come in to donate blood,” D’Lion Blood Drive Committee Co-chair Jay Sen said. “This means that Red Cross donates all the blood to URMC. It’s a way for the students giving back to their area. You’re giving blood to someone in need from your own community.”

The goal is to get a participation of more than 65 people a day. “We’ve gone above that in the past, so that shouldn’t be a problem, Sen said. “We’re hoping to go over at least 80 per day.”

Reporting by Oren Haymovits, Shweta Krishnan and Emily Paret.

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