Students to “Trick or Treat” for Canned Goods

ALLIANCE – In the spirit of Halloween, on Thursday, October 30, University of Mount Union student organizations will put on their community service costumes and walk the streets collecting treats in the form of canned goods from residents in the surrounding area to scare away hunger in Alliance.

This annual event, officially named “Trick or Treat for Canned Goods,” is organized by the Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement and several student-run organizations and clubs.

Trick or Treat for Canned Goods was originally created to help raise awareness of hunger in the international and local areas. Since 2009, this food fundraising event has collected more than 14,000 non-perishable canned items to donate to such places as the Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter and the Alliance Community Pantry. This year’s donations will be given to the Alliance Community Pantry.

Residents of Alliance who receive a postcard with details on the event prior to October 30 are encouraged to participate by donating canned goods. Those who wish to donate but will not be present in their homes on October 30 can leave donations on a porch near the front door.

For more information, contact Abby Honaker at (330) 204-4663 or at honakeal@mountunion.edu.

Group to Discuss Issues in North Korea

ALLIANCE – The University of Mount Union’s international studies honor society, Sigma Iota Rho, will sponsor a presentation by Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 22, in the Engineering and Business Building (EBB), Room 206.

(LiNK) is a grassroots organization devoted to ending the human rights and humanitarian crisis in North Korea. The organization aims to shift the perception of North Korea from the politics to the people of the country. In the United States, LiNK sends nomadic speakers around the country to present to interested audiences about their efforts in North Korea as well as raise awareness of the human rights violations in the country. In North Korea, people do not have the privilege of expression such as speech, press and religion. Abroad, LiNK carries out rescue operations in North Korea and China to help get people out of the country and integrate them back into normal society. LiNK’s long-term goal is to promote change in North Korea focusing on the citizens of North Korea to eventually end the humanitarian crisis.

The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Grant Cook to Present at LINC

ALLIANCE – Dr. Grant William Cook III, associate professor of music and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Mount Union, will present “Beethoven to ‘Miss Emilie M.’ (July 1812),” at the LINC luncheon at noon on Tuesday, October 28 in the East Room of the Hoover-Price Campus Center.

During his talk, Cook will focus on the contradictory nature of Beethoven’s character. Beethoven scholar Alessandra Comini described Beethoven's personality as "a dualism of tenderness and turbulence." "Beethoven to Emily M. (July 1812)" explores the contradictory nature of Beethoven's character and offers a glimpse into the composer's deep heart's core.

Cook earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Historical Musicology-Ethnomusicology and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Heidelberg College.

Cook’s research has primarily concerned the life and writings of the celebrated American Beethoven scholar Alexander Wheelock Thayer (1817-1897). His scholarly research has been published in The Choral Scholar, Choral Journal and The Beethoven Journal and presented by invitation at meetings of the American Musicology Society and the Ohio Choral Directors Association.

The cost to attend an individual event is $10; there is also a seasonal package for $50. A season pass guarantees a saved spot at each event and includes three more LINC lectures to be held in the spring (February 24, March 24 and April 28 – speakers yet to be named). Payment is accepted prior to the event by check via mail; tickets can also be purchased at the door, but advanced reservations are required.

For more information or to make reservations, contact Molly Fulton at linc@mountunion.edu or (330) 823-6063.

Ramesh Kathanadhi Speaks on Violence Issues

Ramesh Kathanadhi of Men Stopping Violence gave workshops at the University of Mount Union’s “Take Back the Night” event last week, speaking about developing prevention strategies to cultivate stronger relationships with communities. The program framed problems of sexual violence and harassment, intimate partner violence and gender violence as problems that the entire community is accountable for, rather than individual “bad” guys.

Kathanadhi explained the three actions he feels every man should take to lessen issues they face because of their sex. These included self-reflection, listening to women’s experiences and organizing with other men to end male violence. He informed the audience that most violence men experience is at the hands of other men.

Taking an interactive approach to the presentation, Kathanadhi asked students to communicate their ideas about solving issues. They were instructed to share their names, their own definitions of community and how their community could be better if men and women worked together comfortably.

One female student said her community would be better if “women did not have as much fear.” She was referring to women worrying about how to dress and where to park at night.

Dan Goswick, another Mount student, added that women shouldn’t have to be afraid to walk home at night. “As a guy,” he admitted, “I’ve never felt that.”

“You all just had the conversation that the generation before you never had,” Kathanadhi told students.

Kathanadhi walked the audience through a series of examples, pulling from researched studies and Super Bowl commercials, to explain that there is a system set up for men and women. He invited students to recognize these predetermined traits for each sex and challenge them.

“We have work to do together,” said Kathanadhi.

Ramesh Kathanadhi is a trainer and an organizer who supports organizations to develop prevention strategies and cultivate stronger relationships within communities. The workshops support an increased understanding of sexual violence, and learning about every day interventions that stop unhealthy male socialization and ally with women’s leadership on campus.

The Take Back the Night programming is co-sponsored by the Association of Women Students (AWS), Raider Programming Board (RPB), Diversity Initiatives Steering Committee (DISC) and the Office of Diversity & Inclusion. As part of the University’s “Take Back the Night” event last week, Kathanadhi spoke to students on Wednesday evening and delivered workshops on Thursday morning. Also as part of the event, the Clothesline Project depicting the problem of violence against women went on display in the Hoover-Price Campus Center. The Clothesline Project will be on display in the Campus Center throughout the month of October.

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