November 6, 2000
Event celebrates University's
By Eric Rangus firstname.lastname@example.org
With the Universitys Year of Reconciliation in full swing, the
activities of the 17th annual Unity Week celebration have perhaps never
been more appropriate.
Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Programs and Services in the
Division of Campus Life, the Unity Week programactually an eight-day
period running Nov. 1119touches on a wide variety of themes
and is jam-packed with events related to the arts, history, religion,
social interaction and even athletic competition.
This years theme is Reconciling Our Diversity, and, as the name implies, it was developed with the Year of Reconciliation in mind.
This year we have more events than weve ever had before,
Rorie said. Over the years, one of the things my staff has been
working hard to achieve is making Unity Week an integral part of the University.
When people think about planning cross-cultural events, they will often
think about Unity Week.
I think in the time period it has been around, Unity Week has become
a tradition, Rorie said.
But two othersReconciling the Holocaust and The Color of Fearhave
a decidedly educational bent and will also feature panel discussions.
Usually well spread these films out between orientation and
Black History Month, said Rorie, who will facilitate a panel discussion
on the race-relations film The Color of Fear.
The discussion on Reconciling the Holocaust could be even more provocative
as it will include a relative of a Holocaust survivor as well as a descendent
of a member of the regime in Nazi Germany.
Other first-time events include Cafe Unity, which is essentially an open-mike
night to kickoff the weeks activities. Students or other attendees
can take the stage at Cox Hall and dance, tell jokes, sing, read poetry
or do anything else that comes to mind.
Also new to the schedule is a concert featuring the guitar-rock of the
Pat McGee Band, and a reconciliation/race forum featuring students from
several ethnic groups discussing their perspectives on racial issues on