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Rally and March to Raise Awareness of Violence

Take Back the NightBethlehem, Pa., April 5, 2011--Moravian College will take part in a "Take Back the Night" March and Rally against all forms of violence on Thursday, April 7. The march will begin across from the HILL (Hurd Campus) main entrance at 7:00 p.m. March participants will walk up Bethlehem's Main Street to the Priscilla Pain Hurd Academic Complex on Moravian College's North campus where the rally will take place.

The program aims to present a united front against all forms of violence within the Bethlehem and Moravian College communities by showcasing students, staff, and local groups' testimonies. The event is sponsored by many local and collegiate groups with common anti-violence interests, including the AAUW Bethlehem Branch, the Women's Studies Department, the Office of Student Assistance, the Women's Basketball Team, Moravian College's Active Minds, Amnesty International, Business and Economics, Psychology, Psi Chi, Spectrum, and AAUW Student Affiliate clubs.

The Take Back the Night March and Rally encompasses a three-day program that advocates against all forms of violence. On Tuesday, April 5, the College will host a reception sponsored by the AAUW of Bethlehem at which students will perform or display their winning work in a Creative Expressions Contest with an anti-violence theme. Additionally, the reception will both host a "Silent Figures" display and premiere a "Beating Hearts" display (both displays generously provided by Heidi Markow of The Beginning Over Foundation). The reception will be held in the Haupert Union Building at 5:00 p.m. On Wednesday, April 6, there will be an all-day (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) poster-making session in the Center for Leadership and Service, located in the Haupert Union Building at which participants will make posters to be carried at the April 7 march and rally.

Members of the College and Bethlehem communities are invited to take part in all three days' events. All the events will offer information on violence advocacy and prevention, as well as fundraising items for sale. In the case of inclement weather, the rally will be moved inside the Priscilla Pain Hurd Academic Complex.

For more information contact Dr. Stacey Zaremba (Women's Studies and Psychology Departments) (610) 861- 1563 or visit our Take Back the Night website at www.moravian.edu/tbtn. Anyone who anticipates needing any type accommodation or who has questions about the physical access provided should contact Kathi Roman at Katro@moravian.edu or 610 625-7880.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College's Web site at www.moravian.edu.