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Feb. 25, 2004


    OSWEGO -- Readings and musical performances will mark the 15th annual Women Aloud at SUNY Oswego, benefiting scholarships for the women's studies program, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 8, in Bell Auditorium in Hewitt Union.

    The title twists the idea of "no women allowed," as the program is intended to show the contributions of women to all facets of life, organizers said.

    Performers will include SUNY Oswego students Damali L'Elie, Jenny Leckey, Kaelyn Rich, Annerys Vasquez, Justine Vehrs and Renee Vogelsang, as well as Neelika Jayawardane of the English department. Deb Engelke, owner of Time and Again Used Books and Tea in Oswego, will emcee.

    Participating students said the worthiness of the cause and the opportunity to perform drew them to take part.

    Vehrs, a freshman communication major from Fulton, said she learned of the opportunity after taking a class from Mark Cole, professor and chair of theatre and a member of the planning committee. "He asked me to be a part of it, and it sounded like a great idea," Vehrs said. "It's a good cause and it should be a fun night."

    Vehrs said she plans to read "Eleven," a piece about childhood experiences by Sandra Cisneros that is "funny and touching at the same time."

    L'Elie, a senior public relations major from Brooklyn, has been involved with the show since her freshman year. She was encouraged to take part in Women Aloud early and has since served as a teaching assistant in women's studies. "I felt the issues we deal with are important and should be brought up more," she said.
   She will perform two pieces by acclaimed poet Nikki Giovanni, who visited campus in 2002. "I think she has a very subtle way of saying a lot of things," L'Elie said of Giovanni. "I can relate to her as a modern writer. The lyrics in her poems are very lively."

    Tickets for the show cost $3 for students, $5 for the general public. There is also a special $10 donation for those interested in providing a higher level of support to the women's studies scholarship fund. Refreshments will be served after the event.

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Preparing for Women Aloud

ALOUD AND CLEAR -- Several members of the SUNY Oswego campus community will present readings and musical performances as part of the 15th annual Women Aloud fund-raiser for scholarships in the women's studies program at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 8, in Bell Auditorium in the Hewitt Union. Among the student participants are, in back from left, junior broadcasting major Jenny Leckey and senior broadcasting major Renee Vogelsang; and, in front from left, senior women's studies and English writing arts major Kaelyn Rich, freshman communication studies major Justine Vehrs, and senior broadcasting major Damali L'Elie. The public is invited to the fund-raiser, with admission costing $5 for the general public, $3 for students.

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