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Some SCU faculty endure unusual haircuts to raise funds for tsunami victims

SANTA CLARA, Calif. Jan 25, 2005 – Following a plea from SCU president Paul Locatelli, S.J., the SCU community rallied in support of the victims of the devastating tsunami, and raised more than $133,000.

            A small portion of those funds ($1,250) was donated by students in the residential learning communities, Alpha and da Vinci. The students donated the funds for the privilege of shaving a checkboard pattern into one professor’s beard and dying another professor’s hair pink! The money will be donated to Catholic Relief Services, Jesuit Refugee Services, and the Jesuit Provincial of Sri Lanka. The charitable groups were chosen because they pledge to use 100 percent of the funds for relief work.

            The relief effort was kicked off by Fr. Locatelli with a $10,000 contribution from the president’s discretionary fund. During the first week of contributions, more than $50,000 was raised, including the $9,960 collection from the Jan. 9 Mission Church mass.

            Contributions from faculty and staff, students, board of trustees, regents, alumni and friends of SCU came through Campus Ministry. Other donations were sent to a fund set up by the Development Office. Additionally, the Jesuits contribute $20,000.

            The tsunami relief effort ran from Jan. 3-14, with a final tally of $133, 649.

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