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April 19, 2002

UW-RF Sponsors Unity in the Community

UW-River Falls will sponsor Unity in the Community Day, a day to recognize and appreciate diversity, on Wednesday, April 24,10 a.m-3 p.m., on the mall of Hagestad Student Center. If the weather is inclement, activities will be moved inside the student center.

The event will kick off at 10 a.m. with an opening ceremony conducted by Belete Muturo, coordinator for McNair scholarships. Performances by the University Men's and Women's Choirs and the University Dance Theatre will follow. The Minnesota Slams, a slam poetry group, will then present its first poem, one of six that will be read throughout the day.

From 11 a.m. until noon the Festival of Nations Band, the band that plays at the Festival of Nations event in St. Paul, Minn., will perform, followed by a Native American pow-wow by the Heart of the Earth dancers.

Shalita, an African band, will perform from 1-2 p.m., and the Asian-American Student Association will provide entertainment in the form of games and dancing.

A campus picnic on the mall from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. will feature a Chinese calligrapher, a Japanese kite flyer, a local resident with Chinese woodwind instruments, and booths sponsored by 50 student organizations. The cost for the public to eat at the picnic is $5.50.

Events for the day will wrap up at the St. Thomas More Newman Center with a showing of "The Laramie Project," an HBO documentary on Matthew Shepherd, a University of Wyoming student who was murdered because he was gay.

For more information on the Unity in the Community event, call the Leadership Center at 715/425-4911.

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