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Thursday, March 10, 2005

From the High School Free Speech Front:

"If they feel an article isn't appropriate, they will pull it -- or ask the student to make changes to it. They said that isn't censorship. They said they're just approving or not approving what goes in. What's your definition of censorship?"

--Hawley Kunz, co-editor of the Warrior News, Weber High School, Pleasant View, Utah. The principal ordered prior review of the monthly newspaper after an editorial critical of the condition of the school's running track. (3/8/05)


'Decompression' workshop offered in conjunction with 'The Vagina Monologues'

February 17, 2005 | LOGAN — In conjunction with the performance of "The Vagina Monologues," a writing workshop will be held Thursday, Feb. 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. in RWEST 214. The workshop is designed to help attendees of "The Vagina Monologues" "decompress" from the performance by using writing as a way of healing.

"A number of women are likely to come away from the production feeling both terrified and empowered to speak of their own experiences," said Star Coulbrooke, creative writing instructor and assistant director of the English Department Writing Center. "We want to provide the means for their voices to be heard."

Coulbrooke is founder of the annual Writing and Healing workshop series sponsored by the Women's Center in conjunction the Clothesline Project each October. She lauded "The Vagina Monologues" and its creator, Eve Ensler, for raising world-wide awareness about the spiraling effects of violence against women. Proceeds of the play, which has been performed at more than 300 colleges, go toward raising money and consciousness for local groups that work to stop violence toward women.

The Post-TVM Decompression Writing Workshop is one of myriads of events surrounding the play's production nationwide. A non-profit organization, called V-Day, for Valentine's Day when the play is most usually performed, has raised and donated more than $1 million to organizations that work to ensure the safety of women everywhere. To learn more about other events, activities and workshops, go to

Coulbrooke will conduct the post-TVM workshop along with Anne Shifrer, associate professor in the English department, who teaches feminist theory and co-directs the Women and Gender Studies Program, and Shanan Ballam, English department lecturer and assistant director of Intermediate Writing, who also conducts writing workshops in the community.

Coulbrooke, Shifrer and Ballam will use a series of mapping exercises and other prompts to help participants discover how writing honestly about painful experiences in their lives can promote healing. The workshop is free and open to all who have attended the production.

For more information on the workshop, contact Coulbrooke at (435) 797-2726.


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