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Arizona Daily Wildcat
Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Graduate student forum today for presidential search

The presidential search committee will hold a forum today for graduate students in the North Ballroom of the Student Union Memorial Center. The forum is an opportunity for graduate students to ask questions and give their concerns about campus issues the next UA president should address. The forum runs from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Students to collect money on Mall for Pakistan relief fund

Members of the UA Muslim Student Association and other clubs will be on the UA Mall today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. asking for donations for victims of the massive earthquake that killed about 60,000 people in Pakistan and surrounding areas last week.

"Every single penny we collect is going to go to the President Musharraf's relief fund that has been set up in the Pakistani embassies all over the world," said Muslim Student Association Vice President Khaqan Sikander.

Even a small amount of change or a dollar bill has the power to change a family's fate, said Sikander, who has family in Pakistan.

"One dollar is equal to 60 rupees and has the purchasing power to feed four people," Sikander said.

Anyone who would like to make donations to victims of last week's earthquake may send cash or checks made out to the Muslim Student Association with "Pakistan Relief Fund" in the memo space to: 901 E. First St.,Tucson, AZ 85719.

-Ariel Serafin

Teach For America final information session

Teach For America will host a final information session today at 5 p.m. in the Modern Languages building, Room 311. All students are welcome.

The national Teach For America organization calls upon outstanding recent college graduates of all backgrounds and academic majors to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and low-income areas.

The deadline to apply is Oct. 30. All students are welcome, and a light meal will be served.

Students to debate legacy of Columbus

The Debate Club is hosting a student debate about the historical role of Christopher Columbus today at the Alumni Plaza from noon to 2 p.m.

The club is inviting students to participate on either side of the question of whether Columbus should be considered a hero who paved the way for European settlement of the New World or a terrorist who enslaved native peoples and destroyed their way of life.

Julian Kunnie, director of African-American studies and faculty adviser to the club, will argue against Columbus. The club hopes a student will come to counter the argument.

- Seth Mauzy