Project RightChoice hosted a gala to kick off its 2010 fundraising campaign on Saturday night at the Hanover Inn. Project RightChoice is a student organization that raises money for and awareness about different "worthwhile causes" each year. For 2010, Project RightChoice aims to raise $250,000 for The Fisher House Foundation, which supports veterans and soldiers who were severely injured during their time overseas, according to a Project RightChoice press release. About 160 people attended the event, according to Craig Fitzgerald '11, president of Project RightChoice. "We did raise some money," Fitzgerald said. "But the purpose of the gala wasn't so much to raise money as it was to say Listen, this is who we are and this is where our goals are,' and also just to celebrate Veterans Day." The event featured singers, musicians and a video tribute that showcased photographs of Dartmouth graduates and undergraduates serving in the armed forces, Fitzgerald said. The event was hosted in collaboration with the Dartmouth Undergraduate Veterans Association and the Tuck Armed Forces Alumni Association.
New cases of influenza-like illness were reported at 98 percent of colleges and universities being tracked by the American College Health Association between Oct. 31 and Nov. 6, according to a report issued by the organization. This figure represents 8,951 new cases of influenza-like illness among the universities' population of nearly 3.1 million students, according to the report. In the previous week, 97 percent of colleges and universities reported new cases of influenza-like illness. Cumulative data shows almost 74,000 new cases of influenza-like illness reported among college students since late August, James C. Turner, president of the ACHA, said in the report. None of the new cases resulted in death, and only 138 required hospitalization, the report stated.
The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University will eliminate its Policy Research Institute for the Region by the end of the academic year due to budget cuts, The Daily Princetonian reported on Friday. The institute's three employees will be laid off, only a portion of 43 positions that the university plans to eliminate. Wilson school professor Richard Keevey, director of the institute, expressed his concern to The Princetonian that "the only entity that singularly focuses on a daily basis on state, local and regional policy issues will no longer exist" following the closure.