Campus News In Brief

Gates speaks at building dedication

Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft and a co-chair and trustee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will speak Sept. 22 at the dedication of Carnegie Mellon’s Gates Hillman Complex.

The newly constructed complex is connected to other areas of campus with the still-under-construction Randy Pausch Memorial Bridge, located next to the main entrance to the Purnell Center for the Arts.

The Gates Hillman Complex already houses 318 faculty offices along with more space for labs, computer clusters, lecture halls, classrooms, and a 250-seat auditorium, not to mention a Planetary Robotics Center with a high bay workspace.

Gates, whose foundation contributed $20 million toward the construction of the complex, along with $10 million from the Henry Hillman Foundation, will present the keynote address at the dedication ceremony. Hillman will also be in attendance.

If you would like to learn more about the Gates Hillman Complex, attend the Sept. 22 “virtual” ribbon cutting ceremony, which culminates with Gates’ address in Wiegand Gym at 3 p.m. for 1200 invited guests.

Afterward, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., the complex will be open to the public to tour and view exhibits of research projects submitted by faculty and students.

Fighting hunger issue in America

Joel Berg, the executive director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, will appear on campus next Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in Porter 100, Gregg Hall, to talk about hunger issues in America. Berg is a nationally recognized leader in the fields of hunger, food, and community assistance.

In his lecture, he will examine how past and current administrations had been preparing to deal with this unfortunate problem, which affects upward of 36 million Americans, along with his own ideas and solutions on the matter.

He will also discuss and attempt to explain how the mainstream media and other organizations, such as charities and elected officials, have displayed the problem, and even contributed toward it. And don’t think Berg is set with merely taking on one end of the spectrum — he has denounced organic health food gurus right alongside the fast food industry.

For more information, attend the lecture, visit his website at, or pick up a copy of Berg’s book, All You Can Eat: How Hungry is America? The book challenges President Obama to eradicate hunger in America for good, going so far as to offer up “simple and affordable” plans as the be all, end all of the hunger problem.