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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University May 19, 2008 | Vol. 37 No. 35
In Brief


SAIS students proceed with Myanmar trip, seek donations

Since January, a group of 10 Southeast Asia Studies students at SAIS have been planning a weeklong study tour in late May of Myanmar/Burma with professor and country expert Bridget Welsh. In light of the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis, the itinerary has been alteredÔ but the trip will continue.

The group's in-country contacts have encouraged the students to come despite the tragedy and to bring as much aid as possible.

The SAIS Burma team is raising funds to be distributed directly to aid organizations that are working successfully on the ground. The team will spend time in Yangon meeting with relief organizations, disbursing monetary aid and supplies and performing physical labor when possible. The team is already in communication with relief organizations and SAIS alumni in Yangon.

Donations to the SAIS Fund for Burma Cyclone Relief may be made in cash or by check made out to the SAIS Student Government Association with a check notation that it is for Burma cyclone relief. All funds arriving before May 20 will be used to buy supplies that will be distributed to organizations visited on the trip. If further deterioration of conditions prevents the team from traveling to Myanmar, the funds will be donated to locally based civil society organizations working in Myanmar for cyclone victims. Any funds donated after May 20 will be distributed through the locally based organizations.

For more information on the SAIS Fund for Burma Cyclone Relief, contact Checks and cash contributions should be delivered to Cambria Hamburg or Chris Meyers, SGA treasurer.


Pamela Cranston to serve on Framework for the Future group

Pamela Cranston, vice provost for international programs, will serve as co-facilitator of the Framework for the Future's Discovery Working Group, along with Michela Gallagher, vice provost for academic affairs and Krieger-Eisenhower Professor in the Krieger School's Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. Cranston's name was not included in last week's Gazette story about the university's new strategic planning process:


Fraternity turns unused dining dollars into food donations

Beta Theta Pi's Dining Dollar Donate-a-Thon was conceived a year ago to allow undergraduates on the Homewood campus to use the remainder of their meal plans to purchase nonperishable goods that would be donated to a local charity.

Working with Aramark food services and JHU Housing and Dining, the fraternity this year was able to collect more than $2,200 worth of food, which benefited the Maryland Food Bank through the New Antioch Baptist Church.


Hopkins-Nanjing Center's Pollard Bldg. wins AIA award

The Samuel Pollard Building at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies has received a merit award from the American Institute of Architects' Committee on Architecture for Education. The 11-story building, designed by Perkins + Will, opened in fall 2006, adding 100,000 square feet of new classroom, library, office, meeting and residential space to the campus, as well as a new auditorium and conference center.


Lineup for Outdoor Films series at Homewood announced

Outdoor Films will return to Homewood's Keyser Quadrangle on Friday nights, courtesy of the Office of Summer and Intersession Programs, with a viewing on June 20 of The Simpsons Movie. Also on the schedule for 2008: October Sky, June 27; Ratatouille, July 11; Stardust, July 18; and Some Like It Hot, July 25. (Note: no film July 4.)

Live music will precede each night's film at 7:30 p.m., and the movie will begin as soon as it's dark. Hot dogs, chips, popcorn and drinks will be for sale, or moviegoers can bring their own picnics (no alcoholic beverages permitted). In case of rain, the films move into Shriver Hall.


APL conducts international Indian Ocean workshop

APL recently conducted an international Indian Ocean workshop in support of the deputy chief of naval operations to examine maritime forces and the broader implications of security, as well as examine the region from geopolitical and economic perspectives.

The effort was conducted in cooperation with Lockheed Martin and the National Defense University. Ambassadors, flag officers and representatives from India, Australia, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Japan and Pakistan attended, as did representatives from the U.S. Navy and Office of the Secretary of Defense Net Assessment, and from SAIS.


Next 'Gazette' is last before biweekly summer schedule

With next week's issue, which will appear on Tuesday because of the Monday holiday, The Gazette will begin its biweekly summer schedule. The May 27 calendar will include all events scheduled between that day and Monday, June 9.

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