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V-Day 2002 Campaign Scheduled at Frostburg State University
02/19/2002

Frostburg State University will participate in the global V-Day 2002 College Campaign to end violence against women and girls, with special events scheduled from February 27 through March 8.

V-Day FSU 2002 is sponsored by FSU's Women's Studies program. The events schedule is as follows:

- "Rape/Sexual Assault" - A discussion by the Family Crisis Resource Center (FCRC). Learn how you can help someone in need. The event will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m. in Guild Center, Room 104. It is sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta.

- "How to Avoid Sexual Assault" - A discussion with FSU Campus Police Officers Jamie Winters and Cindy Powers on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Cordts Center's Leake Room.

- "Family Terrorism: Everyone Loses" - A Philosophy Club discussion on Friday, March 1, from 3-6 p.m. in the Lane University Center room 203.

- "The Vagina Monologues" - A play by Eve Ensler on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 5 and 6, at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center's Drama Theatre (see separate story).

- The Clothesline Project - A display featuring t-shirts bearing messages about violence against women. Opening receptions on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 5 and 6, at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center's Drama Theatre.

- National Coalition Building Institute " Violence Against Women" on Thursday, March 7, from 6 to 10 p.m. in the Lane University Center room 202 (see separate story).

- Center Stage "Open Mic Night Speak Out" on Thursday, March 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Lane University Center Loft.

- "Take Back the Night" march on Friday, March 8, starting at 7 p.m. near the FSU Clock Tower.

- Donation Drive for Family Crisis Resource Center in Cumberland and Dove Center in Garrett County.

- Daily information tables at the Lane University Center.

V-Day helps anti-violence organizations throughout the world continue and expand their core work while drawing public attention to the larger effort to end worldwide violence against women and girls. This violence includes rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation and sexual slavery.

Each year, V-Day promotes a series of innovative productions, events and initiatives, including annual theatrical and artistic events such as "The Vagina Monologues," to transform consciousness, raise money an revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations.

Since its inception in 1998, V-Day has awarded close to $4 million to grassroots, national and international organizations and programs working to end violence against women and girls. Funds come from commercial performances, individuals, corporations, foundations and product sales. Awards are made annually around February.

For the V-Day College Campaign, colleges and universities around the world are invited to present benefit productions of "The Vagina Monologues" on their campuses on or around V-Day (Valentine's Day). These campaigns are primarily student-directed and student-performed, with proceeds benefiting local and other organizations working to end violence against women and girls. Funds raised from V-Day FSU 2002 will benefit the Family Crisis Resource Center in Cumberland, the Dove Center in Garrett County and the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan.

In its first three years, the V-Day College Campaign was presented at more than 450 schools, raised more than $1 million for local organizations and brought the V-Day message to more than 40 million people worldwide. This year, 550 schools are participating in the College Campaign, and are listed at www.vday.org/college. One of the goals of the College Campaign is to empower young people as the leaders, shapers and messengers of the future.

To date, V-Day's 2002 corporate sponsors include Tampax, Marie Claire, Liz Claiborne and Lifetime Television. Marketing partners include Eziba, V-Day's exclusive retailed (www.eziba.com/vday), Vosges Haut-Chocolat and Karen Neuburger (V-Day pajamas). V-Day is a 501( c )3 non-profit organization.

Round-the-clock and up-to-the-minute information about V-Day - its mission, global campaigns, grassroots initiatives and special events - can be found at www.vday.org. V-Day Media can be reached via email at press@vday.org.

For more information about V-Day FSU, contact Nicole Mattis at (301) 687-3212. To reserve tickets, call (301) 687-7462.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
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