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Unite for Awareness Week returns to Ohio Northern University

Apr 22, 2010

Ohio Northern University will host the sixth annual Unite for Awareness Week, a student-driven initiative to bring attention to issues of discrimination, beginning on Monday, April 26.

On Monday, April 26, the topic is classism. ONU Habitat for Humanity will host a world hunger simulation meal at 5 p.m. in the McIntosh Activities Room. The meal is designed to encourage a discussion of world hunger and social inequity. The cost is $5 or five non-perishable food items. Habitat will also host a housing simulation game to address the experience of a homeless individual. The object of the game is for the participants to find housing for the night by contacting local shelters or reaching out to others.

The issue of sexism will be the focus on Tuesday, April 27. College Democrats, Open Doors, Panhellenic Council, Ohio Northern University Athletic Department & NCAA, The Committee on Arts and Special Events, and Student Planning Committee present “The Female Orgasm,” a lecture presented by sex educators Marshall Miller and Jocelyn Benson. The talk will take place in the McIntosh Ballroom at 8 p.m.

Wednesday, April 28, is devoted to the issue of religious tolerance. Father Dan Millisor, representing Catholicism, and Dr. Fatima Al-Hayani, representing Islam, will speak in the Chapel at 11 a.m. After a summary of the core beliefs of the respective faiths, there will be a question-and-answer session. Lunch will be provided.

On Thursday, April 29, ableism will be addressed. The Pre-PT/OT Club will present a speaker from APPLE to discuss issues related to ableism. Throughout the day, Amnesty International will also be sponsoring an awareness event about Prisoners of Conscience. Amnesty members and others will wear T-shirts and take a vow of silence to represent those who, despite being oppressed for various reasons, do not advocate violence.

The week concludes with the issue of racism on Friday, April 30. The ONU Black Student Union presents “Getting Rid of Derogatory Terms.” During lunch hours in McIntosh, tables will be set up outside the cafeteria where students will be able to view the Wall of Hate, a board of derogatory and racist terms, and sign a vow not to use these terms. Chewing gum will be passed out to symbolize “cleaning up one’s vocabulary.” At 4:30 p.m. outside the chapel, the Wall of Hate will be burned in a burn barrel that will be built throughout the week by students with bricks containing words related to prejudice.

All Unite For Awareness Week events are free and open to the public.

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