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A quilt created by Lafayette students, faculty, and staff expressing the theme of “Peace and Unity” in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks against the U.S. will be unveiled at a ceremony 7 p.m. today in the Marlo Room, Farinon College Center. A reception will follow the ceremony.

The quilt will remain on display through Saturday in the Marlo room. Plans are being made for a permanent location.

Leading the effort is senior Geoffrey Gresh of Lowell, Mass., a double major in history and French and a resident adviser. Key sponsors are the student resident advisers and the Office of Student Residence. Other student organizations and administrative offices involved are Student Government, Lafayette Activities Forum, International Students Association, Lafayette Intercultural Networking Council, and Landis Community Outreach Center.

“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 tragedy,” Gresh says. “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.”

Quilt squares were distributed at lunchtime in the Farinon Center and Marquis Hall Oct. 17-24. Campus groups also were invited to decorate squares on behalf of their organization. Decorating nights took place in the Farinon Center and residence halls. Collection of decorated squares concluded Friday, Nov. 2.

The art department is providing assistance in physically putting the quilt together.

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