February 16, 2010 | News from Lees-McRae College. | Page 6

February will be an exciting month on the campus of Lees-McRae College with five events scheduled that focus on education and elimination of violence against women.

Lees-McRae College Admissions Specialist Katie Hayes will kick-off the month with a self-defense class on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Arthur Student Recreation Complex. Hayes, a black belt, will teach basic defensive moves, so be sure to wear gym appropriate attire. This event is free and open to the public.

On Thursday, Feb. 11 the powerful documentary "Until the Violence Stops" will be shown in Evans Auditorium in the Cannon Student Center at 8p.m. "Until the Violence Stops" features playwright and activist Eve Ensler in a film that documents how "The Vagina Monologues" grew into an international grassroots movement called V-Day to stop violence against women and girls. This event is also free and open to the public.

Then, on Wednesday, Feb. 17 students, faculty, staff and alumni will present the much-anticipated Lees-McRae rendition of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" at 7 p.m. in Evans Auditorium.

"The Vagina Monologues" is an award-winning play based on Ensler's interviews with more than 200 women. With both humor and grace the piece celebrates women's sexuality and strength. Through this play and the liberation of this one word, countless women throughout the world have taken control of their bodies and their lives. For more than 12 years, "The Vagina Monologues" has given voice to experiences and feelings not previously exposed in public.

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $5 with a student ID. For tickets or more information, please contact Selena Hilemon at or 828.898.3318. The performance of "The Vagina Monologues" is open to the public and is intended for mature audiences only. It is presented by Lees-McRae Offices of Community Outreach and Campus Life. This is a community event to raise money for our local partner – Avery Citizens Against Domestic Abuse (ACADA).

Preceding the play will be a free reception with refreshments in King-Shivell Gallery in the Cannon Student Center from 5-6:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

Another exciting event is the Green and Pink Party to be held on Tuesday, Feb. 23 in Evans Auditorium at 6 p.m. This event, sponsored by Delta Omicron Theta, is a global movement created by One by One and the Sierra Club to raise money for fistula care. During the party, two documentaries will be shown that outline family planning in third world countries and the effects of fistula. A group discussion will follow.

Obstetric fistula, a devastating childbirth injury caused by unrelieved obstructed labor, affects women and girls living in poverty in the developing world. A mere $300 can provide a life-changing surgery for one woman. If you would like more information or would like to give a donation, contact Charlie Herron at This event is free and open to the public.

Rounding out the series of events is Gabriela Garcia Medina, as she returns to campus by popular demand on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. in Evans Auditorium. Garcia Medina is a dynamic spoken word artist whose topics range from womanhood to sisterhood and everything in between. She is an award-winning poet who has performed at colleges, festivals and conferences all over the world. She graduated from UCLA's School of Theatre, Film and Television with a major in theatre and a minor in Chicana/o studies. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information on any of these events please contact Selena Hilemon at or 828.898.3318.

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