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Students, faculty, and staff will create a Commemorative Quilt expressing the theme of “Peace and Unity” as a response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks against the U.S.

Volunteers are sought to help put the quilt together for its unveiling during the Nov. 17-18 weekend in the Farinon Center Marlo Room.

“I thought of the idea in the wake of the tragic events on September 11 and I wanted to do something in honor of this tragic event,” says organizer Geoffrey Gresh ’02 (Lowell, Mass.), a residence advisor in Keefe Hall. “The goal is to use 12-inch quilt squares to make a huge, gigantic, beautiful quilt for all of the campus to see. I feel this quilt will be a wonderful way to further show the solidarity of our campus. In addition, this artistic outlet is another great way to express one’s self and speak out against these atrocious acts.”

Gresh is seeking funds and other support for the project. He plans to draw upon the art department’s expertise in physically putting the quilt together.

“We hope that this project will be something that everyone on campus gets involved with,” says Gresh.

Quilt squares will be distributed at lunchtime in the Farinon Center and Marquis Hall from Wednesday, Oct. 17 through Oct. 24. Campus groups are also welcome to decorate squares on behalf of their organization. Decorating nights are planned for 7:30-9 p.m. Oct. 23-25 and Oct. 31 in the Farinon Center. Residence advisors also will schedule building-wide decorating times.

Collection of decorated squares will begin Tuesday, Oct. 23 and conclude Friday, Nov. 2. A drop-off box will be available outside the office of student residence from 9-5 p.m. on weekdays. Completed squares also can be dropped off 9-11 p.m. every night in the residence hall duty offices located in South College, 718 Sullivan Lane, and Soles Hall.

The quilt project is being organized by the residence hall advisors and Office of Student Residence. Cosponsors include the Landis Community Outreach Center, Student Government, Lafayette Activities Forum, International Students Association, and Lafayette Intercultural Networking Council.

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