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Frequently Asked Questions About CU Relief

WHAT is CU Relief?

CU Relief is short for Columbia University Students United to Provide Hurricane Relief. It is a campaign to raise funds for the American Red Cross and other aid organizations to use in relief efforts after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. We are encouraging students to donate the money they would spend on a night out in New York City to the Relief effort.

WHO makes it up?

We are the entire student body of Columbia University in the City of New York, headed by a core organizing team of CU students, faculty, administration, and professionals.

WHY donate a Friday night?

Friday nights out are synonymous with college life and college students. Since this is a student driven campaign designed to show solidarity with college students in the Gulf states, it made sense to sacrifice in symbolic and practical recognition of what these displaced students have had stripped from them. It's most important that we not only give up something, but that we CREATE something in the process - namely a significant financial and psychological display of support.

Students at such institutions as Tulane University and the University of New Orleans won't be able to return to their homes or universities for months. CU Relief aims to make their reality personal for every student at Columbia University, and hopefully every student in the New York area.

WHEN does this campaign take place?

The CU Relief campaign will run the entire month of September into the first week of October.

HOW can an outside person help?

Give up a Friday night. For more information contact Ms. Ayinwi Muma (CC'06), chair of CU Relief, at arm2002@columbia.edu with "CU Relief" in the subject line.

Published: Sep 08, 2005
Last modified: Sep 08, 2005

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