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    <ong>Pakistan Flood Relief Week events to raise money

    This weekend,the International Relations Council (IRC) will be hosting several events to raise money for victims of the Indus Valley Floods in Pakistan.Since monsoon season began in late July,it has  resulted in the worst flooding in nearly 100 years causing over 2,000 deaths and ar least $43 billion in damage.The United Nations predicts  that more than 3.5 million children will contract water-borne diseases now that flood waters have formed pools, of sewage-infested water. Bon Appetit will hold a Cafe Fast today in which students can donate the cost of their lunch to civic NGOs functioning within Pakistan.

    On Sunday, students from Carleton, Macalester, and St. Olaf, in addition to a group of local cricketeers, will be having a cricket match on the Bald Spot. Kurry Kabob will be served and other fun games will also be played. Bets on the game’s results will also be taken to raise money.Check, cash,  and donation of Schillers will also  be accepted at stalls on the Bald Spot.

    Also on Sunday, there will be a Benefit Run/Walk that will start from the Bald Spot at 12, 12:30, and 1 p.m.Participants will walk/run three miles through campus and the Upper Arboretum in solidarity with those who had to take their lives to the road due to the flood. Participants need to pay a $5 registration fee. You are encouraged to run with the one thing you will take with you in an emergency.

    To donate money online, visit the Imran Khan Foundation’s website. You can also donate in person to relief efforts by contacting Max Bearak at [email protected]. Pakistan Flood Relief Week also hosted discussions on healthcare challenges and the politics of the response efforts regarding the floods earlier this week.

    National Coming Out Party

    The Gender & Sexuality Center and The Cave teamed up to celebrate National Coming Out Day on October 11. The event provided a space for people to come out as anything or anyone. Emcees Michael McClellan and Kristina Taketomo worked the crowd in style, sporting festive outfits from Ragstock, and periodically handing off the microphone for students to share their coming out stories. “I thought it went really well,” Taketomo said, reflecting popular sentiment. Overwhelming enthusiasm persisted for three and a half hours as students continued to share their own stories well into the evening. The planning committee was thrilled by the turnout and level of participation. Several prospective students got involved spontaneously, commending the Carleton community for the open, accepting culture that made them feel comfortable here. Cupcakes with funfetti and other treats satiated students and staff alike while Exit 69 provided musical entertainment. The well-attended event made for an evening of support and celebration for the Carleton community.

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