Julia Perot stared at her computer screen, her mind running in overdrive as accounts of the devastation from the 2010 Haitian earthquake flashed across CNN's homepage. Perot, a senior mechanical engineering major, is a unique news consumer in that these stories, combined with her skill set and her personal faith, prompted her to take action. Joined by her twin sister Laura, a senior computer science major, Aaron Boucher, a junior health and human services major, Arthur Adams, a 2010 UB alumnus, her father, and her pastor, she will spend the first week of June in Port-au-Prince serving an orphanage in the still-struggling city. The main goal of the project will be to repair the water tower at the orphanage, which the approximately 100 residents and missionaries have no choice but to bathe in and drink from ? at the risk of infection.
Results are in for last week's UB Council and Graduate Student Association elections, but they remain unofficial as of press time, according to Mike Lewis, a student activities associate in the office of Student Life. Mia Jorgensen, who received 259 votes, is expected to be the new UB Council student representative.
This will be the 10th column I've written for The Spectrum, and I've yet to take a stand. That might be an exaggeration, as all columns are expected to make a point of some kind, but there is an obvious trend in the columns I've written.
University Police evacuated Fronczak Hall Tuesday afternoon due to a strong natural gas odor in the building. An initial e-mail alert, sent out at 5:18 p.m., warned students, faculty, and staff to stay away from the building.