May 18-24, 2001
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Waters' mission runs deep
Two graduates honored for their service to humanity
Student aids the homeless

Mellon winner redefines "Jim Crow" era

Pre-med student shares his passion for music
Fast-track grad driven to help his family
Student leads effort to install Braille on Lawn room doors
Creative recycling: Students convert crate into studio
Lawson lives richly
Can you go home again? Issues facing international students
Education delayed but not denied
Weaver finds election laws discriminatory
Quilter gets A+
Students to go abroad on Fulbright scholarships
Weddle will research Peruvian women
Graduate rich in lessons learned
Anthony defender of public good
Affinnih plays her cards strategically
After earning degree in two years, graduate going for two more
Student develops new sign language system
Student trio pushes for late-night joe
Brad Barnett
Stephanie Gross
Brad Barnett on the porch of Charlottesville’s homeless drop-in center, open seven dayas a week.

Student aids the homeless

By Charlotte Crystal

When passing by the homeless on the street, most people avert their eyes. But Brad Barnett has chosen to see, to listen and to try to help.

Barnett, 21, a third-year student at the University who’s graduating a year early, spent many hours as a volunteer at On Our Own Drop-In Center, a shelter for the homeless in Charlottesville, during his First Year. Impressed by the needs of the center’s clients, he founded CavsCare, a group of U.Va. students who wanted to help at the shelter.

“Whenever we see social ills, we put them into a separate category to deal with them, we erect barriers between them and us,” Barnett said. “This eases our guilt and pain. My goal was to break down those barriers.”

To better understand the lives of Charlottesville’s homeless, Barnett, from Clifton, Va., interviewed several men and women and gathered essays and art work into a collection titled, “shelter from the storm: a candid view of life and homelessness in Charlottesville.”

Barnett’s work with the homeless was a major factor in his recent selection as a Truman Scholar, according to the Harry S. Truman Foundation. Each year, it grants 70 scholarships of $30,000 to promising college juniors nationwide to help them pay for their last year of college.

Because Barnett is graduating this May thanks to AP credits and summer school classes, he can apply the scholarship to graduate school.

As an Echols scholar, Barnett examined questions about homelessness and the human condition through an interdisciplinary program that included classes in anthropology, philosophy, religion and English. He also completed the prerequisites for medical school.

This summer, Barnett will work in Dr. Judith White’s cell biology lab, researching retroviruses. He is planning to pursue a career in medicine and wants to continue his work with the homeless — or treat children battling cancer.

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