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State of the Institute forum

The Administrative Advisory Council II invites the community to a State of the Institute Forum on Monday, May 3 from 2-4 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium. At the event, President Charles M. Vest, Provost Robert A. Brown and Executive Vice President John R. Curry will speak about transitions at the Institute.

While their remarks will be addressed to administrative employees, the entire MIT community is invited. Anyone who would like to submit questions for the speakers' consideration ahead of time may e-mail them by Friday, April 9 to Judith Stein ( ). Questions will also be solicited at the forum.

Fair Trade coffee highlighted

During Fair Trade Week from April 5-9, Students for Labor Justice will launch a campaign to raise awareness of and demand for Fair Trade products on campus, specifically targeting Fair Trade certified coffee.

The initiative will feature "Got Fair Trade?" posters featuring faculty members. Other events include free Fair Trade certified coffee in Lobby 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a Fair Trade teach-in on Friday from 1-3 p.m. in Room 4-231. Fair Trade certified products aim to guarantee farmers a living wage for their harvests and promote environmental sustainability in farming.

Campus Dining has agreed to see that Fair Trade certified coffee is available at all residential dining halls on a trial basis during Fair Trade week. Fair Trade coffee is offered at many spots on campus, and La Verde's Market in the Student Center recently began selling two Fair Trade coffee blends.

Report concerns on animal care

Vice President for Research and Associate Provost Alice Gast and the chairman of the Committee on Animal Care are once again soliciting any information that would aid MIT's effort to maintain the humane care of animals used in research.

The committee was established to ensure that all MIT researchers working with animals comply with federal, state, local and institutional regulations on animal care. To that end, it inspects animals, animal facilities and labs, and reviews all research and teaching exercises which involve animals before experiments are performed.

If you have information about inadequate animal care or any information that would help the committee fulfill its responsibilities, contact the committee at 253-9436 or call Gast at 253-1403. All concerns about animal care will be handled confidentially and will be investigated by the committee.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on April 7, 2004.

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