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Our hopes and joys for the New Year have been tempered by the tragedy of the tsunami that has devastated nations along the rim of the Indian Ocean. This unprecedented disaster exceeds the ability and capacity of the local governments to deal with the situation. Many students, faculty, and staff have asked what they can do to help. Several groups have already undertaken initiatives.
Relief organizations advise that the immediate need is cash for food, water, and medicine. They have urged that individuals not travel to the affected areas. The Dartmouth tradition, which is one of service and commitment to the world community, compels us to act in this critical hour of need.
Dean Stuart Lord of the Tucker Foundation has agreed to help coordinate our efforts to contribute to the relief efforts. He has established a website where you can find further information on the tsunamis and a list of sites where you can contribute. In addition, Dean Lord and his colleagues will be happy to advise student and other groups who would like to raise funds.
On Thursday, January 6, 2005 at 12.30 pm we will hold a community gathering in Alumni Hall to express our sorrow and deepest concern over the loss of life and the suffering that has ensued. I hope that you will be able to join us.