Campus News

New student organization holds forum

A new UGA student organization called Corner Talk will host a public forum to discuss the effectiveness of Hurricane Katrina relief efforts at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Hot Corner Coffee, located on the corner of Hull and Washington streets in downtown Athens.

Corner Talk was organized by Melvin Hines Jr., a senior economics and political science major, and Vineet Reddy, a senior Spanish and pre-med major, to create dialogue between the university community and the Athens community on important national and local issues.

Participating in the forum on Katrina relief efforts will be UGA faculty members Pamela Kleiber and Fred Bateman, both of whom have family ties to the New Orleans area. Some of the Louisiana students displaced by the hurricane and now enrolled at UGA also will share their stories, according to Hines.

Hines and Reddy plan to hold Corner Talk meetings every other Tuesday at Hot Corner Coffee and hope to expand the membership base to include existing multicultural student ­organizations.