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UB President William R. Greiner used his Monday evening radio show to defend his ambitious $550 million plan for academic construction and to caution against closing the nation's borders to international students.

Much of Monday's discussion covered the impact of the terrorist attacks on the UB community and the school's short-term future.

The plan to spend $550 million on new academic buildings and rehabilitation of existing buildings is a "wish list, target list, needs list," Greiner said.

He said he's optimistic that, even with the economic uncertainty generated by the Sept. 11 attacks, UB will be able to obtain $200 million from the state and the rest from outside sources.

With President Bush calling for greater restrictions on the issuing of student visas to international students, Greiner warned that barring foreign students would hurt this country's economy.

He did agree that more could -- and should -- be done to ensure that students who receive student visas actually do attend the colleges at which they said they would enroll.

The School of Social Work has created a Web site offering resources and information for people having personal difficulty coping with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The site is for mental-health professionals and the public. It includes information on symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, reactions people may have to the attack and suggestions on how to talk to children about the attacks. The address is:

Sub-Board One's AIDS Coalition is launching a holiday condom campaign. Volunteers will be handing out condoms from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today in the Student Union and Wednesday night in the Main Street bars in University Heights.

Sub-Board One is a not-for-profit corporation owned by the seven student governments at UB.

Stacy Doris, author of two French books of prose, will hold a poetry reading at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Center for the Arts Screening Room.

The event, part of the Wednesdays at 4 Plus series, is free and open to the public.


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