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“Vagina Monologues” offers new stories Feb. 14-15

If youve attended V-Day at Austin Peay State University, you know its all about celebrating women, not just Valentines Day.

Since February 2002, APSU has joined more than 500 colleges nationwide in offering performances of Eve Enslers The Vagina Monologues to increase awareness of violence against women. APSUs event also raises money to benefit the local SafeHouse and the Rape and Sexual Abuse Center.

Last years event raised $1,400, which was divided between the groups.
If you've attended V-Day at Austin Peay State University, you know it's all about celebrating women, not just Valentine's Day.

Since February 2002, APSU has joined more than 500 colleges nationwide in offering performances of Eve Ensler's “The Vagina Monologues” to increase awareness of violence against women. APSU's event also raises money to benefit the local SafeHouse and the Rape and Sexual Abuse Center.

Last year's event raised $1,400, which was divided between the groups.

This year's performances, which will be held at noon, Monday, Feb. 14, and 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15, in Clement Auditorium, also will offer something new—in fact, several new monologues by Ensler, as well as two monologues written by APSU students.

In addition, APSU's Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (FMLA), a student group, is launching the Handprint Project. Men will have the opportunity to place their handprints on a T-shirt as a pledge against violence against women before and after the performances in the Clement Auditorium lobby.

APSU's Clothesline Project, a display of T-shirts that tell women's and girls' stories of physical, verbal and sexual abuse, also will be exhibited in the lobby.

Austin Peay's production of “The Vagina Monologues” is the culmination of an eight-week course inspired by the play. This year's student directors are Angela Leftwich and Shanna Moss. The student coordinator is Rhiannon Graves.

Admission is $3. Proceeds will benefit SafeHouse and the Rape and Sexual Abuse Center.

For more information, telephone the Women's Studies Office at (931) 221-6314. Information on V-Day is available at http://www.vday.org.
—Rebecca Mackey