November 15, 2011

The Nation’s Third Oldest College Newspaper

Volume 82, Issue 5

My contribution to the NU community

For lunch I ate one-and-a-half cups of white rice and a bowl a soup. This is equal to 480 calories, which is essentially half of my daily caloric intake.

For lunch I ate one-and-a-half cups of white rice and a bowl a soup. This is equal to 480 calories, which is essentially half of my daily caloric intake.

This past September Prime Minister of Somalia Abdiweli Ali took time to speak at Niagara University. Ali asked the NU community to join hands and support his journey to reunite the broken country of Somalia.

At this same event, the Rev. Joseph L. Levesque announced, We promise you our support. Just as we are side-by-side with you today, we will walk with you. Our hearts and our prayers go with you, Dr. Ali.

At Niagara, we throw around the word community a lot. I share professor Alegre's vision of the NU community that he put so articulately on his social networking site, A community consists of people with a common focus who care about each other. I envision NU as a community of people with a shared passion for learning who care about the growth and development of all community members.

As an effort to follow through with the university's promise and to care for a fellow community member, I developed a project to create awareness and funds for Somalia.

Through Nov. 21 I will be on a malnutrition diet to learn more about hunger and spread the word about the situation in Somalia.

This year in Somalia, the worst drought in 60 years lead to famine in six states. I will be living on 1,000 calories a day maximum, which is one-third of what I'm used to in order to get some insight on what it feels like to be hungry. I will keep a daily blog to share my experiences with whoever is willing to learn at seanfarber.tumblr.com. I am noting my physical, mental, and emotional changes as well as what I'm eating.

I encourage you to do your part as a community member. If all you can do is read my blog and become more aware, that is great. Donating to the cause would be better but joining Mission Somalia and undertaking a project would be the best. A $10 donation can be made by texting OXFAM to 25383 or send me an e-mail at sfarber@mail.niagara.edu in order to get connected to the Mission Somalia. Feel free to contact me or stop me on campus to ask me questions regarding my diet or project.

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