EPD warns community about Pigeon Drop scam

Alarmed by a recent incident involving an Emory College student on campus, the Emory Police Department is warning the Emory community not to be victims of a fraud scam called the Pigeon Drop. The Pigeon Drop occurs as follows:

An unsuspecting student is approached by a stranger, Criminal A, who has pretended to find a bag or a box containing cash set up to look like drug or gambling proceeds. Also pretending to be oblivious to the situation, Criminal B walks up to the scene and is shown the money by Criminal A. Criminal B comments that he or she once heard a friend (lawyer, banker or police officer) say that lost money should be deposited at a bank. Criminal B continues to explain that the bank would notify the police, and that after 30 days the unclaimed cash will be divided among the finders, but the bank will require a $1,000 deposit. Criminal A, Criminal B and the student go to the student's bank to withdraw his or her cash, then drive to a bank where either Criminal A or Criminal B claims to know an employee. One criminal enters the bank, pretending to deposit the cash, while the other criminal stays in the car with the student. The other criminal returns to the car and sends the student into the bank to see the manager. Then both criminals quickly drive away with all of the money.

EPD asks that anyone who has any information or has seen any suspicious activity to contact them at 727-8005.

Elaine Walker receives Zubin Award

Elaine Walker, professor of psychology, has received the Joseph Zubin Memorial Fund Award, which awards young investigators in psychopathology with an opportunity to deliver a lecture in either Pittsburgh or New York City, the two major sites where Zubin carried on his work. The award also carries an honorarium and includes travel expenses.

Suzanne Salzinger, writing for the fund in notifying Walker of her selection as recipient, wrote that Walker's work is "very much in keeping with the originality and interdisciplinary approach to research in psychopathology that Joseph Zubin fostered throughout his career."

Library construction could cause minor disruptions for users

Throughout November, parts of the Woodruff Library Reference Department, the Center for Business Information (both on the main level) and the Center for Government Information (on the ground level) have been undergoing renovation as a new exterior and interior wall facing Candler Library are constructed. The effort is part of the site preparation for construction of the Center for Library and Information Resources.

Library users can expect higher levels of noise and some periodic disruption during daytime hours, Monday-Saturday. The new weatherproof, 135-foot-long north wall will run parallel to and four feet inside the existing wall. Parts of the general reference and business collections, the Center for Business Information area and some study spaces have been relocated in preparation for this phase of construction. The area will remain open, and all collections will be accessible throughout the construction of the wall.

For information on library construction, call 727 -6861 or visit site <http://clair.library.>.

Benarios honored by classical association

The Classical Association of the Middle West and South has named its largest travel grant awarded to members in honor of Herbert and Janice Benario. Herbert Benario is professor of classics emeritus at Emory, and his wife Janice, who served as an adjunct faculty member in classics, is
associate professor of classics emeritus at Georgia State University. They have both been members of the association since the 1950s. The Classical Association of the Middle West and South is the largest regional classical association in the country.

Psychotherapy groups available

The Department of Psychiatry is sponsoring two psychotherapy groups through its Outpatient Training Program. Both a mixed psychotherapy group and a women's therapy group are available. Openings are limited. The groups meet weekly, and the cost is $20 per session. For further information, call Carol Levy at 727-0399.

Emory Bookstore sets fall book sale

Lullwater Books in the Emory Bookstores is sponsoring a book sale on Nov. 22, 25 and 26 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day in the Bookstore lobby. Items on sale will include books, videotapes and CDs. For further information, call 727-6228.

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