Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

April 12, 2007

Whitworth to host April 23-27 Women's Week:
"Celebrating Women Since Eve (& Adam)"

Celebrating and supporting women is the focus of the April 23-27 Women's Week at Whitworth College. The week of events is sponsored by the Women in Society Everywhere Club, the Associated Students of Whitworth College, the Whitworth Multicultural Advocacy Council, Colleges Against Cancer, the Whitworth Health Center, the Unity in Action club, the Whitworth Women's Studies Program and the Women's Wellness Theme House.

"Women's Week is a celebration of women by women and those who love women," says senior Priscilla Fuentes, a member of the W.I.S.E. leadership team. "Everyone can benefit by the celebration of women because it gives us a common bond. When something affects women, it affects everyone around them."

Women's Week will kick off Monday, April 23, with an HPV panel discussion for women only. The discussion will be held from 8-9:30 p.m. in George's Place in the Hixson Union Building. A panel of health professionals and students will be available to answer questions about the HPV virus, the HPV vaccine, and cervical cancer. The event is sponsored by Colleges Against Cancer. Throughout the week, there will be a booth in the HUB's Lied Square with information on women's sexual health. There will also be sexual-health statistics written on the sidewalks on campus.

On Tuesday, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., a luncheon will be held in the HUB catering rooms. During the luncheon, Assistant Professor of English Melissa Sprenkle will present a lecture on the role of language in marginalizing women's work in developing nations.

A "Men's Speak-Out" will be held Tuesday evening, from 7-8 p.m. in the HUB Multipurpose Room. The Speak-Out is a time for men on campus to share stories of influential women in their lives, tell how women affected their lives positively, show how they support women in their lives, and share advice.

Also on Tuesday will be an open-mike event and play based on the best-selling book That Takes Ovaries. The event will take place from 9-11 p.m. in the HUB Multipurpose Room, and will focus on real-life stories from women and girls, and the bold, gutsy, brazen, outrageous and courageous things they have done.

On Wednesday at 8:30 p.m., the Karate Club will demonstrate how to use karate as self defense. The demonstration will take place in the Fieldhouse dance studio. During the event, karate students will perform defense techniques they have learned in class, and Sensei Cannon will be the featured speaker.

Wednesday at 7 p.m., a women's health panel sponsored by the Whitworth Health Center will feature experts who will discuss reproductive health and related issues. A second panel discussion, " Sticks and Stones: Gender and Language" will be held from 9-10 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall, Room 111. The panel will feature Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael Le Roy, Professor of English Doug Sugano, and Assistant Professor of English Language Programs Gregg Brekke. The panel will look at the conscious and unconscious use/misuse of language regarding gender; the way we incorporate gendered language into daily conversation; and the significant intersection of language and gender.

On Thursday, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., students will compete for prizes in a burrito-eating relay, "Eat Your Way to A Date," in the HUB's Lied Square. The event is sponsored by Qdoba. From 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the Mind & Hearth coffee house, members of the Whitworth Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies community will present "Coming Out," during which they will perform poetry and personal stories that represent their experiences. From 9-11 p.m., internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter, painter, and cultural activist Magdalen Hsu-Li will perform in the HUB Multipurpose Room. Her album Smashing the Ceiling will be available during and after the show.

On Friday, students will participate in "Denim Day," an internationally celebrated day that began as a protest of an Italian Supreme Court ruling that overturned a rape conviction because the victim was wearing jeans. Students will wear denim as a symbol and distribute fliers to dispel harmful myths about sexual violence and survivors.

Friday, from 6:30-8 p.m., a program, "Sexual Aggression 101 with Todd Denny," will be held in Weyerhaeuser Hall's Robinson Teaching Theatre. The program will combine music, theatre and storytelling, and will provide participants with a candid and respectful discussion regarding dating, communication, relationships and sexual assault. The event is sponsored by the Whitworth Women's Studies Program. To learn more, visit http://tdenny.web.eschelon.com.

Friday, from 8-9 p.m., a "Take Back the Night" candlelight vigil will be held to commemorate the victims of sexual violence. The event will begin with a candlelight march from the Robinson Teaching Theatre to Pirate's Cove, where survivors of domestic violence will tell their stories and participants will decorate T-shirts in commemoration of a loved one who has been affected by domestic or sexual violence. The Exceptional Praise Gospel Choir will also perform. The candlelight vigil is part of the Clothesline Project, which is a program that was started on Cape Cod, Mass., in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. During the program, women affected by violence express their emotions by decorating a shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women. The Whitworth-decorated T-shirts will be displayed in the HUB for a week as a reminder of the ubiquity of domestic and sexual violence in our world. For more information, visit www.clotheslineproject.org.

Prior to Women's Week, a personal-hygiene drive will be held April 18-25 to benefit the YWCA Opportunity Center and its Domestic Violence Center, in Spokane. Students can place donations of women's hygiene products in collection containers located in the bathrooms of each dorm. The dorm that donates the most products will win a dance and pizza party on Thursday in Lied Square from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college, which has an enrollment of 2,500 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contacts:

Priscilla Fuentes, WISE leadership, (509) 456-4559 or pfuentes07@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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