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BSU Unity Ball attracts large crowd

The Black Student Union and the Program Board co-sponsored the Unity Ball Saturday night, attracting more than 50 students to the Marvin Center Ballroom to close PB’s Unity Week and the month-long Black History celebration. The Diversity Programming Clearing House co-sponsored the event.

“It was a really cool event,” said BSU president and newly elected Student Association President Phil Robinson. “It was a very diverse crowd.”

Students ate at the Soul Food Dinner from 8 to 10 p.m, catered by local restaurant Georgia Company. Two DJs, a hip-hop group named Quicksilver and a Latin DJ named Tiguron, provided music from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

The BSU did not hold the ball in the past two years because of inadequate funds, Robinson said.

“I hope the BSU will continue to do it in the future,” Robinson said. “It is
a good way to build relationships.”

-Amanda Mantone

<ESIA honors Costa Rican president

Costa Rica President Miguel Angel Rodriguez was named a Shapiro Professor for the Elliott School of International, GW announced March 5.

Rodriguez will teach courses in economics and human rights, as well as trade liberalization and inter-American issues. He will step down as president of Costa Rica in May and will officially join the faculty in August
for two years.

Rodriguez received an honorary doctorate of laws from GW and spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Elliott School in September 2000.

-Amanda Mantone

<Students demand more money to fight AIDS

More than 50 members of the Student Global AIDS Campaign from GW and other universities will lobby Congress for $2.5 billion to fight Global AIDS Monday.

Student leaders say President George W. Bush’s budget request for global AIDS funding for the next fiscal year is not enough.

SGAC, the United States’ largest student network devoted to combating the global AIDS crisis, has members at colleges and graduate schools in 43 states.

Students have scheduled meetings in more than 40 congressional offices including Sens. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Rep. Dick Armey (R-Texas).

For more information about SGAC contact, call Naina Dhingra at 202-421-6550.

-Jason Steinhardt

Comedy central comedienne entertains MVC

Comedienne Frances Dilorinzo cracked jokes to an audience of more than 40 students at the Mount Vernon Pub Friday at 8:30 p.m.

Dilorinzo has appeared on Comedy Central’s “Stand-Up, Stand-Up,” NBC’s “Friday” and A&E’s “Evening at the Improv.”

Dilorinzo started off the night by asking how the predominantly female audience liked the addition of men to Mount Vernon this year.

“Oh, you (girls) don’t seem that impressed. You’re all like, ‘Bring in another batch,” she said, receiving laughs and applause from females in the audience.

A free espresso and dessert bar was also provided by the Mount Vernon Programming Council, which sponsored the event.

-Erin Gamble

Brazilian ambassador talks politics at U Club

Brazilian ambassador Rubens Barbosa will speak March 26 at 12:30 p.m. as part of the University Club’s “In the Know” series, a monthly dialogue with leaders in arts, politics and civic life.

Barbosa will discuss South American politics.

The series also coordinates with GW’s launch of the new study abroad Brasilia program, which began in January through GW’s Center for Latin American Issues. The semester-long program includes a two-month Portuguese immersion program.

The lunch is $15 a person, and is open to club members and GW students. Seating is limited and reservations are required.

-Amanda Mantone

Artists lecture in Funger Hall

The Robert H. and Clarice Smith Distinguished Visiting Professors Program of the Department of Fine Arts and Art History will host artists Christo Javacheff and Jeanne-Claude de Guillebon Tuesday in Funger Hall 103 from 3:30 to 5:45 p.m.

The two artists have collaborated on several projects and will lecture and show slides on their works. Wrapped Reichstag is one of their most famous works. The artists physically covered the German parliament building in 1995, using such materials as fabric, poles, cables and ropes.

-Erin Gamble

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