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Increase in D.C. Minimum Wage

Health and Safety
Should I Treat Swallowed Poison With Syrup of Ipecac?


Monday, Jan. 23
12:10 p.m. to 1 p.m., the Life Cycle Institute presents as part of its Brown Bag Series "No War, No Peace: The Role of Social Class in Averting Ethnic Strife in the Republic of Macedonia," by Visiting Professor of Anthropology Vasiliki Neofotistos. Life Cycle Institute, Room 201. For more information, contact Ann Kasprzyk at

Thursday, Jan. 26
12:10 p.m., university Mass celebrating the patronal feast of St. Thomas Aquinas. 12:10 p.m. classes are cancelled. 1:10 p.m. classes will meet at 1:30 p.m. All priests who attend are invited to concelebrate and are asked to bring alb and stole, if possible, and to vest in the sacristy by noon. Academic procession begins at noon as well. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Crypt Church.

12:10 p.m. to 1 p.m., the Life Cycle Institute presents as part of its Brown Bag Series "The Political Significance of Mel Gibson's 'Passion,' " by Joseph B. Tamney, visiting professor of sociology. Life Cycle Library. For more information, contact Woinishet Negash at

Friday, Jan. 27, to Sunday, Jan. 29
8 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents "The Belle of New York," based on the book by Hugh Morton. Music by Gustave Kerker. Directed by Elwood Anaheim. Prices are $15 for general audience members and $10 for seniors, students, staff and children. Ward Recital Hall. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 202-319-5416.

Sunday, Jan. 29
Undergraduate admissions Open House. For more information, contact Christine Mica, director of admissions, at

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Tuesday, Jan. 31
5 p.m., the schools of canon law and theology and religious studies sponsor a memorial Mass honoring Monsignor Frederick R. McManus, professor emeritus of canon law. Priests who wish to concelebrate are asked to arrive 10 minutes early and bring an alb and white stole. St. Vincent's Chapel. Reception in the foyer of Caldwell Hall to follow. For more information, call 202-319-5575.

Thursday, Feb. 2
5 p.m., the Center for the Study of Early Christianity presents "Christian Heroism in Late Antique Iraq: The Legend of Mar Qardagh the Assyrian," by Joel Walker, assistant professor of history and religion at the University of Washington, Seattle. Light reception to follow. Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Great Room A. For more information, contact Lani Mullaney at 202-319-5795.

Friday, Feb. 3, to Sunday, Feb. 5
The Department of Drama and the School of Arts and Sciences present a dramatic reading of George Bernard Shaw's "Don Juan in Hell" and "Man and Superman," by professional actors and CUA alumni Phillip Bosco, David Sabin, Robert Milli and Barbara Andres. Directed by Bill Graham. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday performance is at 2 p.m. Friday performance will be followed by reception with the actors. Tickets are $30 for Friday performance and $25 for Saturday and Sunday performances. Hartke Theatre. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 202-319-4000.

Saturday, Feb. 4
7:30 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents a CUA Orchestra concert featuring Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet Suite," Kodaly's "Galanta Dances" and Walton's "Viola Concerto." Conducted by Kate Tamarkin. Free admission. Church of the Epiphany at Metro Center, 1317 G St, NW. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

Sunday, Feb. 5
3 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents the Rome Trio. Free admission. Ward Recital Hall. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

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Wednesday, Jan. 25
6 p.m., the women's basketball team hosts Salisbury University. Raymond A. DuFour Center Gymnasium.

8 p.m., the men's basketball team hosts Salisbury University. DuFour Gymnasium.

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Increase in D.C. Minimum Wage
The Office of Human Resources advises the university community that on Jan. 1, 2006, the minimum wage in Washington, D.C., increased to $7 per hour. CUA has raised the hourly pay rate of employees who were earning below $7 per hour to the new minimum (effective Jan. 1). The increases will be reflected in Jan. 25 paychecks.

Supervisors of affected employees will be notified in the coming days. No action or paperwork is required from supervisors to effect this change. However, if supervisors would like to raise the pay rates to any amount above the minimum wage, they need to submit the request on an Employee Data Form. EDF's can be accessed on the HR Web site at

Work-study students will exhaust the number of funded work hours more quickly as a result of their hourly rate being increased. Supervisors wishing to employ work-study students after their federal funding has been exhausted will need to budget appropriate department funds to cover their pay.

All new employees hired by CUA must earn at least $7 per hour. Hiring managers are encouraged to read the explanatory memo posted on the HR Web site at the following address: Those having questions regarding the increased minimum wage or any CUA hiring policies and/or procedures should contact Schlain Schmidt-Faust, manager of compensation and Human Resources Management Systems, at 202-319-6404.

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Should I Treat Swallowed Poison With Syrup of Ipecac?
The Office of Environmental Health and Safety advises members of the university community that syrup of ipecac should no longer be used routinely as a home treatment strategy, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. In the past, the AAP advised parents to keep a one-ounce bottle of syrup of ipecac in the home to induce vomiting if they feared their child had swallowed a poisonous substance.

Although it seems to make sense to induce vomiting after the ingestion of a potentially poisonous substance, this course of action has never been proven to be effective in preventing poisoning. Recent research has failed to show a benefit for children treated with ipecac.

Prevention is the best defense against unintentional poisoning, and parents should keep potential poisons locked, out of sight and out of reach. It is also important to never transfer a substance from an original to an alternate container and to safely dispose of all unused and no longer needed medications.

Finally, instead of having ipecac on hand, parents should post the following universal phone number for poison control near the phone: 800-222-1222. In the case of convulsions, cessation of breathing or unconsciousness, call 911.

For more information, contact Joe Beres, director of environmental health and safety, at 202-319-6112.

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