<p>PHILADELPHIA (April 23, 2012) – In the last several months, national attention has been called to the impact of senseless violence on communities through the ongoing Trayvon Martin case unfolding in Sanford, Fla. In Philadelphia, 324 victims lost their lives to homicide in 2011 – an increase from 2010’s 306.
<p>The SJU Theatre Company will be the first college or professional group in Philadelphia to present Is He Dead?, a comedy recently rediscovered from the archives of legendary American humorist Mark Twain. The show runs in Bluett Theatre for only one week, Wednesday, April 18 through Sunday April 22.</p>
<p>Though Jan. 16 kicks off the first week of the spring 2012 semester at Saint Joseph’s University, no classes will be held Monday. Instead, student-athletes will come together in service to others as part of SJU’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration. The 2012 holiday marks the 26th anniversary of the holiday’s national observance – it was first officially celebrated on Jan. 18, 1986.</p>
<p>Being a sibling of an individual with autism presents a number of unique challenges and opportunities. To address the needs of this essential population, The Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support at Saint Joseph’s University will begin offering Sibshops, workshops designed to help brothers and sisters talk about their struggles and successes, learn to serve as a role models, and manage common situations.
<p>While many Americans have watched the price of gas rise and fall during the past decade’s energy crisis, few were aware of a similar crisis affecting their morning java. In Central America, coffee’s price per pound fell dramatically between 2000 and 2002, leaving many farmers without the means to continue growing crops.
<p>The Saint Joseph’s University Theatre Company is turning up the heat this winter with a performance of the musical <em style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; ">Miss Saigon</em>. The show opens Thursday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. in Bluett Theatre, and runs through Sunday, Feb. 26.</p>
<p>In celebration of Black History Month, the Office of Institutional Diversity is showing the documentary, “Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North,” on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 5 p.m. in the Doyle Banquet Hall North, Campion Student Center.</p>
<p>While most college students spent their winter break relaxing, 18 Saint Joseph’s students experienced the realities of a health care system in a communist nation during an academic immersion trip to Cuba. Thanks to the removal of travel restrictions, the class was among the first groups of students from the United States to visit the Caribbean nation through a program run by the Augsburg College (Minneapolis) Center for Global Education.</p>
<p>Richard Malott, Ph.D., president of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, will present at Saint Joseph’s University’s Campus Commons on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m. The presentation, “Dream Chasers: Passion for dealing with behaviors in autism,” is free and open to the public.</p>
<p>As 49 area Catholic schools prepare to close, Saint Joseph’s University’s Center for Catholic Urban Education (CCUE) has been working to preserve the existence and effectiveness of Catholic education in the region.</p>