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March 27, 2008

Birmingham-Southern student raises money to aid Union University students

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. —Birmingham-Southern College senior Catherine Spiker raised $1,000 to support resident students at Union University in Jackson, Tenn. Union was hit by a tornado last month causing wide-spread destruction, including its residence halls. According to university officials, the women's dorm buildings were hit the worst and most were destroyed.

Spiker, a resident advisor in Bruno Residence Hall at Birmingham-Southern, collected money to donate to Union students who lost their belongings in the storm. For four consecutive days, she sat in the BSC cafeteria for more than an hour. To accommodate BSC students, Spiker set up a special account in the BSC Bookstore so that students could use their bookstore account to make a donation.

The money raised by Spiker was used to purchase 50 Wal-Mart gift cards in the amount of $20 each. The gift cards were recently delivered to the residence life staff at Union University to be distributed to resident students at the university.

Spiker, a biology major, is from Northern Shelby County and a graduate of Oak Mountain High School. She is the daughter of John and Rozlyn Spiker.

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