Campus News in Brief

Students host Bhangra contest

This Saturday at 7 p.m., Carnegie Mellon’s Mayur South Asian Student Alliance will host the second annual Bhangra in the Burgh competition. This year’s competition includes teams from Columbia University, Cornell University, Drexel University, New York University, Northwestern University, Rutgers University, the University of Virginia, and Virginia Commonwealth University, representing the DCM Punjabi Arts Academy.

The teams’ modern bhangra combines hip-hop with folk dancing from India and Pakistan.

The teams will compete to win $5,250 in prizes and all profits from ticket sales will go to the Homeless Children’s Education Fund (HCEF) of Allegheny County, a non-profit group dedicated to providing education and a conducive atmosphere to 600 of the city’s children in 16 homeless shelters, affecting the lives of about 35,000 homeless people.

Last year, the event attracted a sold-out crowd of 2500 students, making it the largest student-run event at the university, and it raised over $5000 for the HCEF.

Tickets are $10 for Carnegie Mellon students, $20 for general admission, and $50 for VIP seating. They can be purchased at the University Center Information Desk, the William Pitt Student Union at the University of Pittsburgh, and also at the door.

The event will be at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Tepper honors two professors

The Tepper School of Business has named Chester S. Spatt the Kenneth B. and Pamela R. Dunn Professor of Finance and Duane J. Seppi the Mellon Bank Professor of Finance.

The Dunn professorship is given to a professor who has shown unwavering commitment to both the academic and financial communities, as well as outstanding leadership and research at the Tepper School. Spatt was given this honor for his dedication to finance and the Tepper School since 1979.

Spatt has varied experience in the financial market on both the national and international levels. He served as chief economist for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from 2004 to 2007 and is the former executive editor of the Review of Financial Studies. Spatt’s research specializes in taxation and asset allocation, focusing on tax-deferred funds.

The Mellon professorship was given to Seppi for his dedication to financial economics through his research and classroom instruction, focusing on market microstructure, energy and commodity derivative valuation, financial engineering, and game theory. Seppi has been with the Tepper School since 1986.

He currently serves on the editorial boards at the Journal of Finance and Review of Finance.