Walking from a hilltop orphanage past grass roofs in small fishing
villages along the Ugandan shore of Lake Victoria is bound to
make a lasting impression on anyone used to Western comforts.
On his most recent research trip to the region, assistant professor
of musicology (ethnomusicology) Greg Barz felt a profound sadness
surrounding the many empty houses that had once been home to laughing
children. In sharp contrast, the members of the local women's
performance group he was preparing to record were dressed in a
rainbow of brightly colored dresses and excitedly invited everyone
they passed to join them for the evening's performance. The dirt
road carried the party down to a small fishing village in the
area where many think the HIV virus first emerged.
An international exchange student studying at the Owen Graduate
School of Management was remembered last week as an excellent
student and "a delightful young woman" after her death from a
Sut Man (Pastina) Cheong, 26, died Oct. 25, four days after
being stricken while shopping with friends at a local mall. She
was unresponsive upon her arrival at the Vanderbilt University
Hospital, where she was placed on life support. She never regained
A native of Macau, China, Cheong was spending the fall semester
at Owen as part of an exchange program with the International
University of Japan.
The downturn of the stock market led to a 4.7 percent decrease
in the University's endowment portfolio, ending fiscal year 2001
at $2.16 billion. University officials said the decline from last
year's $2.3 billion endowment market value is no cause for alarm.