Students Raise Money, Awareness with V-Day Campaign

Friday, February 9, 2007

CHICKASHA – Although most people recognize Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to buy flowers and candy for loved ones, a global movement known as “V-Day” is spreading a different kind of message throughout February: violence against women and girls must be stopped.

As part of the national V-Day College Campaign, students at the University of Science and Arts are planning several events and activities designed to raise awareness and funds for the Grady County Women’s Service and Family Resource Center.

Sponsored by the student-led Feminist Collective, V-Day is actually a week worth of special activities. The campaign begins Feb. 12 with the annual Drag Show at 8 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. A bake sale in the Davis Hall lobby will be held from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Feb. 13.

V-Day culminates with the student production, “The Vagina Monologues,” Feb. 15-17 at 8 p.m. in the Davis Hall Little Theatre. Penned by award-winning writer Eve Ensler, the play is aimed at a mature audience due to content and language. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Cast members include:

Noble psychology senior Jessica Anthony, Oilton art senior Tonya Dymond, Lexington psychology junior Chelsea Huddleston, Marlow communication senior Meagan Peters, Moore music senior Kristin Epperson, Oklahoma City communication freshman Melissa Losada, Frisco political science senior Angela Jones, Adams communication senior Laci Bowers, Mustang drama sophomore Tegan Switzer, Choctaw psychology sophomore Christa Copeland.

Edmond drama sophomore Michelle Bivins, Chickasha communication sophomore Arielle Green, Chickasha psychology senior Jennifer Wright, Tulsa English junior Zanéa McLoughlin, Chickasha music senior Lauren Martin, Chickasha biology sophomore Eryn Bass, Buckeye, Ariz., political science senior Jessica Hatlestad, Norman political science senior Erika Cerda, Lawton chemistry senior Jaclyn Vazquez and 2006 alumna Destiny McNabb of Oklahoma City.

According to the national organization, V-Day has raised more than $35 million worldwide and has educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it. More than 5000 community-based anti-violence programs, shelters and safe houses have been built in Kenya, Egypt, Irag and the U.S. by funding from V-Day events.

The V-Day Collge Campaign is designed to empower women to find their collective voices and demand an end to violence and abuse on campuses, in communities and around the world.

All proceeds for the V-Day events on the USAO campus benefit the Grady County Women’s Service and Family Resource Center.

More information about the V-Day campaign is available from Jessica Hatlestad at (405) 574-3636. All events are open to the public.