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Students prepare for ‘Vagina Monologues’ with upcoming events

In 1996, Eve Ensler produced the first draft of “The Vagina Monologues.” In 1999, the former Broadway production became a student-run production. Now, every year, a V-Day Campaign shines the spotlight on a special group of women who have withstood hardships, including rape and domestic violence.\nIU students will perform “The Vagina Monologues” at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15 in the Whittenberger Auditorium in the Indiana Memorial Union. Ten percent of the production’s proceeds will go to the V-Day Campaign, which works to educate people about violence against women, and 90 percent of the proceeds will go to Middle Way House.\nOne monologue this year will be geared toward the women who survived Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.\nOlivia Morales, co-producer of “The Vagina Monologues” and member of the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, said Middle Way House is underfunded. Middle Way House is a local nonprofit domestic violence and rape crisis center. \n“Funding that has come from the University has been cut,” said Vanessa Holiday, president of the Feminist Majority Leadership. “It is important to get a full house each night to get as much funding as possible.”\nHoliday sent in the application to begin the production last summer. The cast and crew are student volunteers and have been working on it since November.\n“It’s an all-volunteer cast, crew and \nproduction with students from all aspects of the University,” Morales said. “The cast and crew are incredibly committed. We have high-quality actors, for a volunteer production.”\nMany local businesses have contributed money or gift cards to the performance. \nEvents leading up to the production began Monday. From Monday to Friday, 20 percent of purchases made at the Bloomington Sandwich Company will be donated to “The Vagina Monologues” production when customers mention Middle Way House.\nAt 7 p.m. Thursday, a panel will be held in the Maple Room of the IMU. The free panel will discuss the 10th anniversary of “The Vagina Monologues,” and will include student leaders’ perspectives. Jen Fish Superstar will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Cinemat to raise money for the V-Day Campaign. \nThe IU Health Center will sponsor a film screening, “Girl, Positive,” at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Collins Coffeehouse. Tickets for “The Vagina Monologues” can be purchased from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 12 and 13 at the IMU Literature Desk.

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