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Morgan Stewart

has raised more than $120,000 for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, a group dedicated to fundraising for children's cancer research. Using the slogan "Shaving the Way to Conquer Kids' Cancer," St. Baldrick's organizes events where adults go bald in solidarity with pediatric chemotherapy patients and solicit pledges from friends and coworkers. Stewart organized his first New Orleans event for the charity in 2001 and was recently "knighted" by the group for his efforts, earning him the title of one of St. Baldrick's "Knights of the Bald Table."

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St. John's United Methodist Church and Christ Central

in Aiken, S.C., sent 20 young men and chaperones to spend spring break rebuilding houses in St. Bernard Parish, the Lower Ninth Ward and eastern New Orleans. The group's main goal was to get a Ninth Ward family out of a FEMA trailer and into a rebuilt house. The trip was organized by Gene Aiken, the youth director and missions coordinator at St. John's, who had led previous missions to the Gulf Coast through Clemson University.

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The Steel Bridge Team,

a group of UNO civil engineering students, will go to Las Vegas next month to compete in the American Society of Civil Engineers National Steel Bridge Building Competition. The students took first place in the Deep South ASCE Student Conference, building a bridge in nine minutes that took top honors in aesthetics, construction speed, economy, efficiency and lightness. Other UNO students took second-place honors in the concrete canoe competition and environmental competition.

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did not renew its contract with Ivor van Heerden, a frequent U.S. Army Corps of Engineers critic and controversial deputy director of the school's Hurricane Center, without offering an official reason. The move smacks of a sellout by the university, which seems more concerned about its ability to attract federal (read: Corps-related) research dollars than its academic integrity. The dismissal, which takes place in 2010, will hurt LSU's reputation far more than any tainted research grants will help it.


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