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News Release

February 23, 2004

Vagina Monologues performances to raise funds, awareness

The Obie Award-winning Eve Ensler play The Vagina Monologues is being performed Feb. 26 to 28 at 8 p.m. in War Memorial Hall to raise funds for a campus group and a local agency.

Proceeds from the play will go to U of Gs Sexual Assault-Free Environment (SAFE) team and Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis. The performance is part of the V-Day campaign, an international initiative to raise awareness about sexual violence against women and girls.

Since it was first presented in 1996, The Vagina Monologues has been performed in hundreds of cities around the world. With the 1997 launch of the V-Day college campaign, the play has been performed on more than 300 campuses world-wide during the month of February, raising $3 million for organizations fighting for the rights of women.

Several members of the U of G community are taking part in the play, including Brenda Whiteside, associate vice-president (student affairs); Robin Begin, manager of operations in Security Services; and Rachel Barreca in Student Life and Career Services.

V-Day University of Guelph is sponsored by the Wellness Centre, the Student Life Enhancement Fund, the College of Biological Science, and the U of G Interhall Council.

Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Tickets are available at the Central Student Association, Room 274 of the University Centre, and the Wellness Centre, second floor of the Powell Building.

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt (519) 824-4120, Ext. 53338, or Rachelle Cooper, (519) 824-4120, Ext. 56982.

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