Elevator riders shouldn't worry if they look up and see an expired permit, according to staff in Contracted Maintenance Services. The university is under a maintenance agreement contract that keeps all elevators on campus in compliance with the state through 2011. Excluding the hospitals, there are 200 elevators and one state inspector. He or she will arrive announced and make the rounds over several months. After that, the university will be notified of any corrections needed and be given 30 days to make them. Then a re-inspection will take place, and if everything checks out, a new permit is issued. Many people have called or e-mailed the services office after noticing an expired permit. But with a re-permitting process that could last up to eight months, the office is asking everyone to be patient—probably sound advice whether you use an elevator or are waiting for one.
If you're going up to the top of Hoover Tower, think about this: The 35 bells that make up the original carillon were gifts from Belgium to former President HERBERT HOOVER, as a tribute to his relief efforts in that country after World War I. The bells were housed in a building featured in the 1939 New York World's Fair. Afterward, the carillon came to Stanford, while the building was donated to Virginia Union University. Since 2006, the nonprofit Bells for Peace, at http://bellsforpeace.org, has worked to raise funds to fill the building's empty belfry with a new carillon.
Three students who began a nationwide campaign to fight AIDS in Africa recently surpassed their fundraising goal of $1 million. Their campaign, FACE AIDS, raises money by selling beaded AIDS awareness pins made by men and women affected by the disease who work in income-generating support groups, previously in Zambia, and now in rural Rwanda. The three Stanford students—KATIE BOLLBACH, JONNY DORSEY and LAUREN YOUNG—traveled to Africa in 2005 to work at a refugee camp in Zambia and developed the plan for generating income after getting to know the refugees and seeing up close the tragedy AIDS causes. FACE AIDS has 150 high school and college chapters throughout the country, and when a student buys a pin, it comes with the name, picture and story of its maker. Every cent raised by chapters is paired with money matched from private donors and given to support Partners in Health. For more information, go to http://www.faceaids.org.