Husky Happenings

Budget Review Committee funds staff appreciation event On Jan. 19, the Budget Review Committee (BRC) approved $2,225 for the Latin American Student Organization (LASO) to put on a program in appreciation of the Northeastern service staff. The event will take place in the Curry Student Center Feb. 28, and students will be able to volunteer to serve the staff and give brief speeches of gratitude. The day before the event, students will have another opportunity to show thanks by signing a banner that will be presented to the service staff. At the meeting, the BRC also began its discussion on amending the Student Activities Fee Manual. Some possible amendments up for debate include lessening the advisors’ votes and reducing the current 10 percent increase that the groups with annual budgets, like Council for University Programs (CUP), can request each year.

Cultural Center presents salsa lessons, performances Beginning today, the Latino/a Student Cultural Center will be presenting its annual Sociocultural Series. This year’s theme, Salsa! Everybody Dance!, will take place Feb. 8, Feb. 22 and March 15, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:25 p.m. in the Cabral Center at the African-American Institute. Each session will consist of a one-hour dance lesson and performance by Edwin Pabon, as well as refreshments. For more information or to register, students can contact Alejandra Lombardo at 617-373-5845.

Science, business employers to visit NU career fair On Feb. 1, the Department of Career Services will hold a computer science, engineering, life sciences, biotechnology and business career fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Cabot Cage Building. More than 100 employers are expected to attend, seeking to recruit students from all majors, said Cath Armory, interim director of Career Services. The event will allow students an opportunity to meet with employers who are looking especially for students graduating this spring, she said. For more information, students can contact Armory at 617-373-4255.

Alternative Spring Break group holding raffle The Alternative Spring Break Honduras Group is raffling a one-night stay for two at the Fairmont Copley Plaza to benefit the organization’s upcoming effort to build homes and schools in the Central American country. Tickets, which are $5 for Northeastern students with an ID and $7 for all others, will be available Feb. 2, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. near Crossroads in the Curry Student Center or in the Center of Community Service in 172 CSC. The stay can be used on either a Friday or Saturday night of the winner’s choice, depending on availability, and includes breakfast. For more information, students can contact the Center of Community Service at 617-373-7479.

NUPD offers rape defense classes for women The Northeastern University Police Department will present three four-hour self-defense classes for women this semester. The Rape Aggression Defense System, or RAD, is a comprehensive program designed to teach women how to avoid being raped and defend themselves against an attack. The classes are scheduled for Jan. 26, Feb. 2 and Feb. 9, from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. in the Stetson East Living Learning Center. The program is open to all Northeastern-affiliated women on a first-come, first-served basis. Athletic clothing is required, and the cost for participating is $10. For more information, students can contact the Public Safety Division at 617-373-2696.

Research Expo accepting presentation submissions The Northeastern Research and Scholarship Expo 2006 is scheduled to take place in the Curry Student Center March 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will feature more than 100 posters, presentations and performances that showcase the research and scholarship achievements of the University’s faculty, graduate and undergraduate students. The Expo is designed to provide faculty and students an opportunity to generate ideas for future collaborative research projects and for the community to observe the range of research and scholarship activities at the University. Undergraduate and graduate students, with their faculty advisors, are welcome to submit an abstract to reserve a presentation slot by visiting

Provost’s office accepting nominations for faculty awards The Office of the Provost has started accepting nominations for the 2006-2007 Aspiration Awards, which publicly recognize and reward extraordinary contributions by Northeastern faculty and staff. Both individual employees and teams of eligible employees may be nominated for the award, which carries a $3,000 and $5,000 cash prize, respectively. Last year, the award was issued to five individuals and four teams. The awards will be presented at a reception hosted by President Richard Freeland on March 29 in the Curry Student Center. Nominations are due Feb. 17. For more information, students can contact the Office of the Provost at 617-373-2170.

Holocaust remembrance event planned for Friday The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston will hold a remembrance ceremony at the State House from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 27 in honor of the newly established International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The ceremony was declared last month in the first-ever resolution initiated by Israel that the United Nations has passed. The chosen date commemorates the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp, and also coincides with the International Day Against Genocide. For more information, students can contact Deborah Donig, community relations associate for the council, at 617-457-8652.

– Compiled by staff writers Ricky Thompson and Jessica Torrez-Riley.

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