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Students 'Stand With Haiti'

More than 30 student groups organized a week of fundraising and events

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January 22, 2010
Video produced by Matt Paolelli
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Port-au-Prince may be 1,850 miles from Evanston but it is close to the hearts of Northwestern students planning a week of fundraisers to aid in earthquake relief.

In an effort titled "NU Stands With Haiti," more than 30 student groups collaborated to organize daily events and drives on campus and in the Evanston community Jan. 21 to Jan. 28. Organizers hope to raise $12,500 and proceeds will go to Partners In Health and the American Red Cross.

Events include theater productions, panel discussions, a homemade bracelet sale and a yoga class with Lane Fenrich, assistant dean of the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.

"We hope to respond effectively as a community," said Peter Luckow, a senior in the Weinberg College and a director in the global health student group GlobeMed. "I think a lot of our drive comes from the urgency of the situation and the potential for a coordinated, passionate student response."

Organizers also hope to foster discussion about Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, and its surrounding issues both before and after the earthquake.

"The response from the student body has been overwhelmingly positive," said David Chase, a freshman in the Weinberg College and Associated Student Government senator. "We know we can make a difference, and we feel it is important that we do all that we can."

The Residential College Board has placed boxes in all residential colleges to collect needed supplies that will be sent to Haiti.

Donations to the "NU Stands With Haiti" effort can be made online.

The following events, held in Evanston, are open to the public:

Friday, Jan. 22
-    8 p.m., Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St. - Dolphin Show Presents "PARADE"
-    8 p.m., 11 p.m., McCormick Auditorium, 1999 Campus Dr. - African American Theatre Ensemble Presents Harlem Duet

Saturday, Jan. 23
-    2 p.m., Louis Room, Norris University Center, 2311 Campus Dr. - Northwestern Community Development Corps Senior Gala
-    8 p.m., Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St. - Dolphin Show Presents: "PARADE"
-    8 p.m., 11 p.m., McCormick Auditorium, 1999 Campus Dr. - African American Theatre Ensemble Presents Harlem Duet

Sunday, Jan. 24
-    2 p.m., Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St. - Dolphin Show Presents: "PARADE"
-    3 p.m., Room 122, Parkes Hall, 1870 Sheridan Rd. - Yoga Class with Lane Fenrich

Monday, Jan. 25
-    10 p.m., Prairie Moon, 1502 Sherman Ave. - Night Out (21+)

Tuesday, Jan. 26
-    9 p.m., Buffalo Wild Wings, 1741 Maple Ave. - "Dance Marathon Trivia Night for Haiti"

Wednesday, Jan. 27
-    10 a.m. to 1 p.m., The Rock - Delta Zeta Hot Chocolate Sale

Thursday, Jan. 28

-    1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Technological Institute, 2145 Sheridan Rd. - Delta Zeta Hot Chocolate Sale
-    7 p.m., Room 107, Swift Hall, 2029 Sheridan Rd. - "Revolution, Reparations, and Rebuilding: A Panel on Haiti"
-    8 p.m., Louis Room, Norris University Center, 2311 Campus Dr. - Vertigo Productions Presents "Soup for Beast"
-    11 p.m., Shanley Pavilion, 2031 Sheridan Rd. - "Mee-Ow Comedy Show"

Friday, Jan. 29
-    8 p.m., Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St. - Dolphin Show Presents "PARADE"
-    8 p.m., 11 p.m. Louis Room, Norris University Center, 2311 Campus Dr. - Vertigo Productions Presents "Soup for Beast"
-    8 p.m., 11 p.m., Shanley Pavilion, 2031 Sheridan Rd. - "Mee-Ow Comedy Show"

Saturday, Jan. 30
-    2 p.m., 8 p.m., Louis Room, Norris University Center, 2311 Campus Dr. - Vertigo Productions Presents "Soup for Beast"
-    8 p.m., Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St. - Dolphin Show Presents "PARADE"
-    8 p.m., 11 p.m., Shanley Pavilion, 2031 Sheridan Rd. - "Mee-Ow Comedy Show"
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