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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

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UW-Eau Claire Writing Contest Calls for
Thoughts on Ending Violence Against Women

MAILED: Dec. 12, 2002

         EAU CLAIRE  A University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Housing and Residence Life diversity task force, Making Our School an Intercultural Community, is sponsoring a writing contest as part of a series of events leading up to and in conjunction with V-Day UW-Eau Claire 2003, which will include two benefit performances of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues,” Feb. 10 and 12, in Schofield Auditorium.
         Each year MOSAIC holds events to celebrate V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. The V-Day College Campaign invites members of college and university communities around the world to present benefit productions of “The Vagina Monologues” to raise money and awareness to help stop the violence. MOSAIC will donate the proceeds of its production to the Bolton Refuge House and American Indian and Canadian First Nations Women.
         The topic for this year’s writing contest is “What the World Will be Like When the Violence Ends.”
         MOSAIC is looking for writing that will convey the concept of a world without violence, whether it is prose, poetry, a two-person question-and-answer session, a monologue or any other creative idea, said MOSAIC president Laura van Zandt. Entries should take no longer than seven minutes to read aloud.
         Two winners will be chosen, one male and one female, and the winning entries will be read at each performance of “The Vagina Monologues.” Those entering the contest should specify whether they are willing to read their own submission or prefer someone else do the reading. This will not influence the judges’ decisions.
         
All entries are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, and may be submitted by e-mail to MOSAIC at uwecmosaic@yahoo.com or placed in the MOSAIC mailbox in the Student Organization Complex in Davies Center.
         Van Zandt said the contest is open to the entire community because “violence strikes all ages [and] affects all people regardless of occupation, so this contest is open to any and all that want violence to end.”
         UW-Eau Claire V-Day 2003 is just one of the events that will be part of Women’s Empowerment Week, beginning Feb. 10. A silent art auction and a raffle of products donated by area businesses are also planned. Anyone interested in donating art to the silent auction should contact MOSAIC at uwecmosaic@yahoo.com. All pieces should incorporate the theme, “A World Without Violence,” and be in by 5 p.m. Feb. 7.
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Updated: December 12, 2002