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    Group attempts to break organ donation record

    UCSD’s chapter of Students for Organ Donation will team up with five other campuses’ chapters in an attempt to register 1,500 people in one day on April 21 to break the current world record. Registration tables will be set up in front of Geisel Library and at Price Center Plaza from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The group will pass out organ donor cards and information about organ donation. Students for Organ Donation is a national organization founded in August 2003, with its first chapter established at UCSD in October 2003.

    Since, 20 more chapters have been added to the organization. UCSD will be teaming up with chapters at Yale University, UCLA, Fresno State, Virginia Tech and Georgetown in its attempt to break the world record. According to Students for Organ Donation, over 84,000 Americans are currently awaiting organ donation. Students who wish to participate in the drive can e-mail [email protected] or visit http://www.studentdonor.org for more information.

    Student opinions on UCSD to be published

    “Students’ Guide to Colleges,” to be published by Penguin Books, is in the process of being researched and edited by over 100 college students. UCSD undergraduates may participate in an online survey about UCSD, describing the campus in their own words.

    The guide’s editors will read all responses and publish the five best survey answers in their entirety, in the hopes of offering views from different students, according to senior editor Jordan Goldman.

    The survey is available at www.studentsguidetocollege.com.

    Gary Soto to speak as part of Cesar E. Chavez month

    Acclaimed poet and author Gary Soto will present “An Evening with a California Writer” as the final event in the month-long UCSD Cesar E. Chavez celebration at Copley Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on May 3. Soto will read from his works and discuss the inspiration for and development of his various pieces. Following the presentation, Soto will take questions from the audience and sign books.

    Soto, 52, is the author of more than 30 books of poetry, essays and fiction. Much of his work is inspired by his childhood in a Mexican-American section of Fresno, Calif. His work includes children’s books, “Too Many Tamales” and “Chato’s Kitchen,” young adult books, “The Afterlife” and “Junior College,” and “Living Up the Street” for adults.

    Soto has won a Guggenheim Fellowship, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Author-Illustrator Civil Rights Award from the National Education Association.

    The event is sponsored by the Cesar E. Chavez Celebration Planning Committee, Thurgood Marshall College, the Center for the Humanities, the Department of Literature and the California Cultures Program.

    Hate Free Week will include Day of Silence

    “Hate-Free Campus Week,” sponsored by the Student Office for Human Relations, will run from April 18 to April 23. The week began with a student bus trip to the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles on April 18.

    The week of events will include a Holocaust day of remembrance on April 19 at Price Center Plaza from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., a campuswide Day of Silence sponsored by the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transexual Queer Intersex Association on April 21, and a diversity workshop at OceanView Lounge at 6:30 p.m. on April 21.

    For a full schedule, visit http://sohr.ucsd.edu.

    The Aquabats will headline Muirstock on April 23

    Featuring a day of games and bands like The Aquabats, The Big Sound, Straight No Chaser and Jebudah, Muirstock will begin at noon on April 23 at Muir Quad. The event is the finale of John Muir Week, which also features the unveiling of the 2004 John Muir poster on April 19, Cookie Jar Day and free posters on April 20, “Happy Birthday John Muir” on April 21 and “Have a Cacti” on April 22.

    The event will include a barbecue, rock-climbing wall, bounce house, professional masseuses, the DJs and Vinylphiles Club and Foosh, a Muir improv comedy group. The concert will begin at 4 p.m.

    UCSD bands Strave, Marin Storrow, Next to Impossible and Blather will play before the headlining bands.

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