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COMMUNITY CONNECTION
A monthly PCH Resident Newsletter brought to you by the Housing Information Office

FEBRUARY 2019
 
 
 
CAMPUS SAFETY 101
 
 
 

 

We are so excited to have you back on campus and are looking forward to a fantastic spring semester! As you get reacquainted with campus, we want to remind you of a few simple things you can do to keep you, and your belongings, safe. Whether you have lived on campus for a while or are just arriving for the first time, please keep the following tips in mind. 

 

 

  • Keep your doors locked, even when you are in your rooms
  • Check with your Residence Hall on their Guest and Security Procedures
  • Avoid walking or running alone at night
  • Utilize SafeWalks and SafeRides (the numbers are also on the back of your iCard)
  • Look before you walk! Even in pedestrian crosswalks, always remember to look both ways for both cars and bikes before crossing the street.
 
 
FEBRUARY PCH EVENTS
 
 
 

Presby Hall and The McKinley Foundation will screen 13th, Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary, on Friday, February 8, at 7:00PM in the McKinley Foundation Living Room. There will be a post-screening discussion featuring guest speaker Spencer Headworth, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Purdue University.

Synopsis
13th, the title of DuVernay’s documentary, refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads, “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis.

Featured Guest
Spencer Headworth, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Purdue University, will facilitate a pre- and post-screening discussion of the film. Dr. Headworth’s areas of research and teaching interests include crime and criminal justice, law, professions, and social inequalities.

Admission
Movie is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30PM. Free parking is available at the parking garage across the street.

 
 
 
 

Art @ the Y, a public arts initiative of the University YMCA, is pleased to present BESA: A Code of Honor. Besa means “to keep the promise.” It serves as the highest ethical code in Albania. Following the German occupation in Albania in 1943, the Muslim-majority country of Albania protected their Jewish citizens and provided refuge to Jewish people from other parts of Europe. Almost all of the Jewish people living within Albanian borders during the war survived. The exhibition features photographs and stories of those who lived in Albania throughout the Holocaust.

All are invited to visit BESA: A Code of Honor starting Thursday, January 24, and running through February 17 at the Murphy Gallery of the University YMCA. The exhibition will open with a community Reception on Thursday, January 24, 2019, from 5:00-7:00PM. All Art @ the Y events are free and open to the public.

The opening reception will feature speakers, special guests, and desserts. Among the speakers will be Imam Ousmane Sawadogo from CIMIC, who was invited to represent the Muslim community in Champaign-Urbana, Chancellor Robert J. Jones, Ambassador Teuta Sahatqija, the Republic of Kosovo's General Consulate in New York, and Ines Demiri, the Consulate's First Secretary will join us for the reception. Kosovo is a country with a Muslim Albanian majority.

For more information about Art @ the Y, please visit: universityymca.org/art.

 
 
 
 

February 14th isn't just Valentine's Day...it's also National Donor Day! National Donor Day (also known as National Organ Donor Day) is a day to increase awareness about organ donation and the lives that can be saved as a result. National Donor Day focuses on five different types of donations: organs, tissues, marrow, platelets, and blood. In the United States, more than 120,000 people are waiting for a life-saving organ donation. Additionally, approximately every two seconds, there is someone in the U.S. who needs blood, which translates to the need for over 41,000 daily donations.  

 

To observe, look into becoming a donor. Visit giftofhope.org and organdonor.gov for more information on organ donation.