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UC Wants Donations for Grateful Dead Archive, Not AIDS Research

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With the state in the midst of a budget crisis, some former students are questioning why they are receiving fundraising pitches to help boost the Grateful Dead archive at UC Santa Cruz. Alumna Laurie Garrett, a well-known AIDS researcher and winner of both the Pulitzer and Peabody awards, sounded the alarm bells when she received an invitation to a fundraiser supporting the dead head archive, according to California Watch, a blog with the Center for Investigative Journalism.

"[It] feels pretty awful at a time when I am getting letters from kids in the biology department begging me to send cash for purchase of lab rats and pipettes," Garret said. She also tried to donate her AIDS research to the UC Library System, which rejected her, citing funding (they'd likely take money, though).