Volume 93, Issue 76

Tuesday, February 15, 2000


NEWS

Students hop on bus once again

Highest voter turnout in years

Guelph hit with series of sexual assaults

Investigation of Ottawa prof delayed

Play hopes to raise awareness

Fantino's remarks cause controversy

Campus on alert for suspicious activity

Stuff

Caught on campus

Play hopes to raise awareness



By Nina Chiarelli
Gazette Staff

A student group at Queen's University took the issue of violence against women to heart yesterday.

Taryn McCormick, the Valentine's Day co-ordinator of the Women's Empowerment Committee, said the group produced The Vagina Monologues, a play by American playwright Eve Enlser, in the hope of raising awareness about violence against women.

The play, first performed in New York City's SoHo district in 1996, has drawn attention from all over North America, McCormick said. She explained it consisted of various humorous monologues by actors, which are often separated by monologues. It was performed by such famous actors as Winona Ryder and Susan Sarandon when the play was staged in New York and Los Angeles.

"We get the rights to the script for one day without having to pay royalties," McCormick explained. "Provided that we give all the profits to charity and we do the performance on Valentine's Day." The profits will be donated to Interval House, a women's shelter in Kingston, McCormick added.

"I've been told there is an increased chance of date rape on Valentine's Day," McCormick said. "So we're hoping to raise awareness through a fun theatre piece and anti-violence work."

Lesley Ackrill, a resource development administrator of Interval House in Toronto, said she thought the awareness night was a great idea. "It's very important," she said. "I think it's really important that young women are aware of violence against women and help focus on it, to help us come up with new solutions."

Meagan Prescott, productions manager at the Women's Issues Network at Western, said she also thought the play was a good way to bring awareness to an important topic. "It's one of those issues that finds itself hidden in the woodwork," she said. "But it's an issue that definitely needs more attention."

Although Prescott said WIN did not have any activities related to violence against women planned for Valentine's Day, she said the network was actively involved in the cause. "We keep ties with women's shelters and refer women throughout the year," she said.


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