Weekend Events Feature Feminist Play and San Diego Ghost Tour
By Jasmine Demers, Tukwut Life Student Assistant—Communications, 2016
CSUSM organizations hosted several student-geared events this past weekend that provided the right amount of entertainment and education.
The Vagina Monologues, held on Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14, is an annual production hosted by the H.O.P.E. and Wellness Center. Ticket sales raised over $1,200 with all proceeds donated to the Center for Community Solutions to support survivors of sexual assault.
Written by Eve Ensler, The Vagina Monologues is a series of sketches that addresses all aspects of the feminine experience and advocates for the empowerment of women. The award-winning play, which debuted in 1996, is now a part of a global movement to end violence against women.
Students had the opportunity to audition and perform in the monologues, as well as experience the show from the audience.
“I auditioned for The Vagina Monologues because I wanted to be a part of something that raises awareness about women's experiences,” said student performer Nicole Holman. “I wanted to participate in this movement that brings consciousness to the abuse that women face throughout the world.”
A second event that took place this weekend gave CSUSM students quite a scare. Residential Life took a group of students on a haunted ghost tour of the Whaley House in Old Town, San Diego.
According to the Travel Channel's America's Most Haunted, the nearly 160-year-old house is the number one most haunted house in the United States and one of California’s premiere landmarks.
This Friday the 13th event was free for students who were able to participate in two private tours. The guides led groups through the house where they learned about the history of the Whaley family and their home, as well as where ghosts have been spotted.
After the tour, students had time to grab some food and visit the shops within the Whaley House Museum.
According to Leslie Rockwell, associate director of Residential Education, students really enjoyed the experience and Residential Life will plan future trips to the Whaley House.