Holiday events on campus provide service, music, and flu shots

There may only be two weeks left before the end of the semester, but there are still plenty of holiday events to participate in. So take a break from studying and spread some holiday cheer.

Holiday cheer is good, but there are some things you shouldn’t spread — like the flu. To help you stay healthy and happy for the season, Student Health Services is holding a flu clinic tomorrow from 9 am to 4 pm in their offices in Morewood Gardens. Flu vaccinations are $15. Students who signed up for a vaccination during the Health and Benefits Fair or students covered under the Highmark student health insurance plan can receive a vaccination for free.

Until December 12, the Student Development Office is sponsoring Gift Tags for Children. Interested students can stop by the Student Development Office in Morewood Gardens A Tower and pick up a “tag” that specifies a gift for a needy child. The wrapped gifts are due next Monday, December 12, in the Student Development Office.

At noon on Friday, the College of Fine Arts and School of Music will be presenting their annual Holiday Concert in CFA’s Great Hall. The concert features the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, the Concert Choir, and the Repertory Chorus and is directed by Robert Page, a professor in the School of Music and director of Choral Studies. Carnegie Mellon students will perform both traditional and modern Christmas carols, as well as classical holiday pieces.

Also on Friday, the Activities Board is hosting Winterfest 2005 in the University Center to celebrate the end of classes. The theme is “The Roaring Twenties,” and students will have the chance to watch Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times, jump around in a ball pit, play Skeeball, create their own stuffed bears, enjoy Sno-Cones, and enter a raffle. Winterfest begins at 4 pm and ends at 8 pm.

On Saturday, December 10, get into the holiday spirit by listening to Joyful Noise. The a capella group is putting on a free concert at 8 pm in Porter Hall 100. Listen to the sounds of the season and enjoy free cookies.

If you are still around during finals week, make the holidays happier for those less fortunate at the Shepherd Wellness Center Holiday Dinner. The Shepherd Wellness Center is a Pittsburgh community for HIV/AIDS patients and their families. On December 16, students at Carnegie Mellon can help the center prepare for and host their annual holiday dinner. The dinner will be held from 7 to 9 pm. To find out about transportation and details as well as other holiday service projects, e-mail Service Intern Kristen Livesey at klivesey@.