Stories this week at Wake Forest University

LION DANCE, MARTIAL ARTS AND CHINESE YO-YO AT NEW YEAR CELEBRATION— Local children will make a horse paper sculpture, a lion mask and learn a Chinese dance at Wake Forest’s Chinese New Year celebration Feb. 2 from 11:30- 3 p.m. The event, featuring the traditional lion dance and historical Chinese costumes, is ideal for photographers. It will take place in the theater lobby of Scales Fine Arts Center. The program’s schedule: 11:45 a.m. Lion dance, martial arts, children’s dance and Chinese yo-yo demonstrations; 12:30 p.m. Ma Jiang demonstration; 1:15 p.m. Tai Chi demonstration and informal talk by Golden Flower masters; 1:45 p.m. Lion dance, martial arts and Chinese yo-yo demonstrations. The 2002 Chinese New Year is the Year of the Horse. To arrange coverage of the event, contact Sarah Smith at or 336-758-5237.

IS OUR RETALIATION AGAINST TERRORISM HUMANE? — Joe Stork, director of the Middle East and North Africa division of Human Rights Watch, will speak at Wake Forest Feb. 5. He will present “Terrorism, War, and the Middle East: The Human Rights Dimension.” In his presentation, Stork will talk about how human rights abuses have contributed to the present crisis and how human rights have suffered in the Middle East since the Sept. 11 attacks. He will also discuss the need to confront those responsible for the attacks in a way that upholds the key principles of international human rights and humanitarian law. The presentation will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Benson University Center’s Pugh Auditorium. Human Rights Watch is an independent human rights monitoring organization based in New York and Washington, D.C. The event is part of the student-initiated Year of Unity and Hope: Pro Humanitate at Work. To arrange an interview with Stork, contact Vanessa Willis at or 336-758-5237.

WAKE FOREST STUDENTS END 30-HOUR FAMINE FEB. 2— Several Wake Forest students will break their 30-hour fast at Christian singer Andrew Peterson’s Wait Chapel concert on Feb. 2. The students get sponsors for the fast, then donate all proceeds to World Vision, an international Christian humanitarian organization that assists children in struggling communities with food, education, health care and vocational training. All proceeds from concert ticket sales will also go to World Vision. Approximately 75 students are expected to participate in the fast. To arrange an interview with the students, contact Sarah Smith at or 336-758-5237.

‘THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES’ COMES TO WINSTON-SALEM — More than 50 students, faculty and staff members from Wake Forest and Salem College will perform “The Vagina Monologues” to a sold-out crowd on Feb. 7-8 as part of the international V-Day 2002 College Campaign. About 800 colleges and universities participate in the campaign, which raises money for nonprofit groups that work to end violence against women. “It’s a very emotional performance whether you’re laughing or crying,” said Lilly Massa, a Wake Forest senior who is co-producing the show. The Battered Women’s Shelter of Winston-Salem and the domestic violence hotline sponsored by Family Services of the Triad will receive proceeds from the local performance. Tickets are still available for the Feb. 14 and 15 shows. To arrange an interview with cast members and the event organizers, contact Vanessa Willis at or 336-758-5237.

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