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Speed Art Museum

Military free-for-all: Speed Museum joins Blue Star


By Rae Hodge–

The Speed Art Museum is opening its doors much wider for active duty military members and their families, who can expect free admission to the museum until Sept. 2 of this year.

The Speed Art Museum joined with 1,600 art exhibits, science centers, and museums across the nation to provide these services as a part of the Blue Star Museums initiative.

Kristen Popp, Communications Manager for the Speed, said “We were approached by the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families, who created this collaboration. So when they asked us to be a part of it we thought, of course, this is an excellent opportunity to give back to our military families.”

The open-door policy began May 26, but Popp says that the museum has already begun seeing families take advantage of it. “We have a great exhibition right now that features a rare copy of the Declaration of Independence,” said Popp, “and the two go hand-in-hand.”

The William J. Stone Copy of the Declaration of Independence is one of only 31 surviving copperplate engravings, commissioned by Secretary of State John Quincy Adams in 1820 after the original document began deteriorating.

The final day of the museum’s operation before a 3 year closure for renovations will be Sept. 23, which Popp says will be marked with closing festivities to be announced closer to the date.

The following is a schedule of the museum’s current hours of operations:

Wednesday 10a to 5p
Thursday 10a to 5p
Friday 10a to 9p
Saturday 10a to 5p
Sunday 12p to 5p
Monday closed
Tuesday closed

Photos: Aaron Long/The Louisville Cardinal


St. James festival puts parking at a premium

By Baylee Pullium–

Brittany Harris held a cardboard sign Oct. 1, waving cars into the parking lot Hyland, Block and Hyland Insurance.

Harris’ mother, who works at the company, arranges for her daughter to sell each of the 35 spaces in the parking lot during the St. James Court Art Show every fall. Harris said she’s been selling spaces for about five years.

“I’m going to [U of L] and I’ve got to earn money where I can,” said Harris, a senior exercise science major. “Here, it’s all profit.”

Harris earns $10 for every car parked in the lot, amounting to several hundred dollars over the art show weekend.

The art show, located in the Old Louisville neighborhood, hosted over 750 exhibitors and an estimated 300,000-plus attendees this year, according to the event’s website.

While the neighborhood usually has enough street parking to accommodate area residents, the flood of art show-goers every fall can create problems.

Brick Green, a senior anthropology major who lives near the show, said his landlord gave him a parking pass so he could park in the lot behind his apartment building.
His roommate wasn’t so lucky.

“We only got one pass per apartment, so he parks like way down 2nd [Street] and bikes,” Green said.

Amy Riordan, a sophomore secondary education major, said in her experience going to the show, she’s learned a few tricks to avoid parking headaches.

This year, Riordan parked at a friend’s house on 4th Street because it “beats paying 10 or more dollars for a couple hours’ parking,” she said.


4 Women by Women

By Elijah Mckenzie

Women 4 Women, a nonprofit organization in Louisville, follows the belief that a core strength of the community lies in the contributions of women.

With women at the helm, the mission of Women 4 Women is to make Louisville a community that will be one of the best places for girls and women to live and work. In support of that goal is the Women 4 Women Student Chapter, a campus-centered offshoot of the larger nonprofit organization.

“I read about the group on an e-mail that listed SGA events and saw that they were having a meeting,” said Gabrielle Maxedon, a senior justice administration major and the current president of the Women 4 Women Student Chapter. “I really had no idea what to expect. But I started going to the meetings and I’ve been involved ever since.”

According to Maxedon, Shirley Willihnganz, provost at the University of Louisville and executive vice president of Women 4 Women, wanted to establish a satellite group on campus. After generating enough interest among faculty and students, the Women 4 Women Student Chapter was born.

Maxedon became the second president in the Recognized Student Organization’s young history, following Tiarra Clark, the first president and current secretary.

“When I first joined, only about five people attended meetings,” said Maxedon. “But the level of involvement has grown, through advertisements and events. A big part of pushing the group forward is finding those few dedicated members.”

Ashley Wimsett, a junior marketing major and the program coordinator for Women 4 Women Student Chapter, said that she stays closely connected with other groups on campus that work to confront issues such as violence against women, human trafficking, discrimination and harassment.

“I hope that my efforts through Women 4 Women Student Chapter will leave a positive impact on campus long after I’ve left college,” said Wimsett, who is expected to graduate in the spring of 2012.

Wimsett said she plans to stay with the RSO to help coordinate a statewide leadership conference for women.

“It’ll be a challenge,” said Wimsett, regarding the upcoming leadership conference, which is anticipated to take place in Louisville. “But I’m definitely ready for a good challenge.”

However, Women 4 Women Student Chapter is much more than just community outreach. The RSO also helps to create networking relationships for students who want to learn more about their prospective careers and gain a few professional contacts along the way.

“Members are assigned a professional mentor to help them gain hands-on experience in their major,” said Maxedon. “For example, a justice administration student would most likely be assigned to a lawyer or something. Having that experience would help the student learn more about the profession before graduating.”

In this sense, the students involved in Women 4 Women Student Chapter not only give of themselves, but they also receive something in return. The professional mentoring program is one of the many ways the RSO seeks to empower women to become leaders, in the workplace as well as the community.

Despite its name, the focus of Women 4 Women is not only on female empowerment, but also on male involvement. By staying inclusive to both women and men, Women 4 Women Student Chapter hopes to create a positive difference on campus and in the community.

“It’s important to get males involved when we address issues surrounding women,” said Blair Bowman, a senior psychology major and the vice president of the Women 4 Women Student Chapter. “Although the RSO is led by females, it is still essential that men stand up and show that they are committed to supporting women in the community.”

Bowman, who recently became involved with Women 4 Women in 2009, said that the RSO has overcome a lot of challenges in the recent past, but is well prepared for the future.

“I noticed that we’ve really grown out of just talking about doing things,” said Bowman. “Now we’re putting our thoughts into action.”

Sigma Phi Epsilon uses philanthropy to support brother diagnosed with cancer

By Elijah Mckenzie

Cameron Eldridge started the 2008 academic year at the University of Louisville like any other. The business student stayed involved in his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and balanced his time between schoolwork and friends.
These days, Cameron, now a junior, spends most of his time at home or in the hospital.
This is because, in the fall of 2008, he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Brad Gasior, a junior electrical engineering major and childhood friend of Cameron, remembered when Cameron first discovered he had leukemia.
“The first signs of trouble came when Cameron started complaining about stomach pains after working out or playing sports,” said Gasior. “Most of us weren’t too concerned about it, thinking he had mono or something. We never expected it to be cancer.”
Tom Eldridge, Cameron’s father and a graduate of U of L, said that the intensity of the leukemia in Cameron’s system had fluctuated. However, in recent months, Tom was informed that his son would still need further treatment.
“Cameron stayed in a hospital in Houston, Texas for a bone marrow transplant during the winter of 2009,” said Tom. “During his stay, the doctors discovered that his leukemia was in remission and wanted to keep him in Houston. But Cameron wanted to return home to be with friends and family. He missed it here.”
As vice president of programming for the Sigma Phi Epsilon U of L chapter, Gasior helped to rally the brothers of the fraternity together to shave their heads as a show of moral support for Cameron.
“Cameron’s best quality was getting others to listen to him in finding the best solution to any problem,” said Gasior. “He is a real inspiration to the entire chapter and we wanted to do something to show that he meant a lot to us.”
The Sigma Chi fraternity at U of L took notice of the shaved heads on the Sigma Phi Epsilon members and soon discovered the nature of Cameron’s condition. Impressed by the level of commitment that Sigma Phi Epsilon had for their brother, the members Sigma Chi developed the idea of putting on a home run derby to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and to help cover Cameron’s medical expenses. Thus, CamSlam was born.
“It seemed like all of Greek life was excited for the event,” said Billy Simmons, a freshman electrical engineering student and community service chairman for Sigma Phi Epsilon. “Several societies and businesses provided support because it was for such a good cause. It was for a student in need.”
Along with Simmons, Colin Dodd, a junior communication major and vice president of communication for Sigma Phi Epsilon, was given the task of promoting and advertising the event to students, organizations and potential sponsors.
“There are so many people helping organizations in operation today, but to stand up and support individuals in time of need like the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is something special,” said Dodd. “Our generation has been known as the generation to sit back and let it ride, but I hope we inspire others to stand up and support organizations such as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.”
The CamSlam home run derby took place on Thursday, April 8 at Jim Patterson Stadium and featured various other events, including a corn hole tournament and a base race.
Additionally, awards were presented to the organization with the most members attending, the top donation and the top batter.
LaMont Johnson, resident director for Community Park, met Cameron in 2009 and formed a friendship with him and the members of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. As a mentor to the resident community, Johnson was asked by Sigma Phi Epsilon to speak at CamSlam and share some of Cameron’s words of gratitude, which were e-mailed to Johnson prior to the event.
“I was honored to do it for Cameron,” said Johnson. “He is a definite unsinkable hero and he gives us all an appreciation for friendship and brotherhood.”
Cameron’s father appreciates everything that his son’s fraternity brothers have done.
“When something like this happens, it’s nice to have a support group to be there, to visit Cameron in the hospital and even shave their heads,” said Tom. “Through all of his trials, the fraternity has continued to be his friend and brother.”


The Beat Reviews: ‘Broken Bells’

By Billy S. Garland

It was once said that there is nothing new under the sun. In today’s music industry, this concept is a continuing problem. Whether it be the young teenage girl pretending her crush is Romeo, the grainy-voiced rock star lamenting the one that got away, or the rapper bragging about all his money and hos, it is hard today to turn on the radio without hearing the same old stuff. However, all hope is not lost.
Perhaps the most refreshing record release so far this year has come in the form of a very unlikely duo. Industry mainstay producer Brian Burton – a.k.a. Danger Mouse – recently teamed up with The Shins vocalist and songwriter James Mercer to put out a self-titled album under the band name Broken Bells.
Burton has spent his career defining his work based on associations with misfit musicians. Musical icons like indie musician Beck and the blues-infused Black Keys owe a large part of their success to Burton. Undoubtedly his greatest achievement thus far came when he turned dirty south rapper Cee-Lo Green into a soul singer with a falsetto in the group Gnarls Barkley. So it should have come as no surprise when he gleefully teamed up with the somewhat reclusive Mercer, a member of one of the most defining bands from the indie movement.
On the album, Mercer’s liltingly sweet vocals swing in and out of falsetto, mixing with the electronic instrumentals and carrying the listener to a place where, for a moment, all that exists is the melody and the movement of the music. With electronically-syncopated drum beats, methodic bass lines and frequent use of phase shifts, Burton’s influence on the group’s musical style is undeniable. Still, this is not to take away from the quality of Mercer’s lyrics.
Admittedly, the majority of the lyrics on the record would be rather depressing if heard without the supporting music.
“Cause they know, and so do I. The high road is hard to find,” sings Mercer in the chorus of the opening track. “A detour to your new life. Tell all of your friends goodbye.”
Even the track titles sound like something off the cover of an emo kid’s notebook. “Your Head Is on Fire,” “Sailing to Nowhere” and “The Mall and Misery” are just a few.
Even though the song titles seem to be, this record is not depressing in any way until you realize it is over. The 10 track CD is only a little over half an hour long, and it seems even shorter because of the quality. Broken Bells is a must-have CD for all music fans who are frustrated with the redundancy of their current playlist.

The Beat Reviews: ‘Plastic Beach’

By Patrick Greenwell

The brainchild of Blur vocalist Damon Albarn and comic artist Jamie Hewlett, the virtual band known as the Gorillaz did not garner much attention when it debuted in 1998. Not until 2005, with the release of their second album “Demon Days,” did the band gain much notoriety. “Demon Days” featured Albarn’s collaboration with a number of influential musicians and proved to be one of the most impressive albums, if not the outright best, of the year. Five years later, Albarn and his fictional band are back with a number of new musical collaborators for the band’s third album, “Plastic Beach.” While it continues in the same tradition as its predecessor, it falls somewhat short.
The band’s style has always been a blend of musical genres, including hip-hop, alternative rock and pop. While “Demon Days” focused heavily on the hip-hop and alternative rock aspects, “Plastic Beach” leans more toward pop music. The songs themselves are much simpler than those on the previous album, putting emphasis on catchy hooks rather than more complicated and abstract tracks. In terms of instrumentation, the album mixes orchestral accompaniments with a pervasive use of synthesizers. Most tracks favor a drum machine to an actual drum set, which provides a unique and surprisingly pleasant sound. A number of the tracks, “Glitter Freeze” and “Empire Ants” in particular, seem to have a very dance-oriented sound.
Like “Demon Days,” “Plastic Beach” features an impressive list of collaborators, including Lou Reed, Snoop Dogg, Mos Def and Bobby Womack, along with Mick Jones and Paul Simonon of The Clash. Each of these artists brings their personal style to the tracks they provide. However, due in large part to the emphasis on synthesizers, the album still manages to retain a cohesive sound. While all the artists are impressive, Mos Def and Womack definitely stand out. Both are featured on the album’s first single, “Stylo,” which is without question one of the best tracks of the album. The mixture of soul, hip-hop and pop on the track creates a very unique listening experience.
De La Soul, who collaborated with the Gorillaz on the single “Feel Good Inc.,” return here for “Super Fast Jellyfish,” which proves to be another excellent hip-hop track. It’s simple and catchy with witty lyrics and is a genuinely fun track. Albarn’s weepy falsetto vocals sound excellent on the pop tracks “Rhinestone Eyes” and “On Melancholy Hill,” and pair well with Lou Reed on “Some Kind of Nature.”
Even with a number of great tracks, “Plastic Beach” is not without its shortcomings. Tracks like “Broken” and “Glitter Freeze” feel forgettable. The former fails to do anything to keep the listener interested and the latter lasts far too long, quickly becoming boring and repetitive. “White Flag” has an interesting orchestral component, but the hip-hop portions, provided by Bashy and Kano, feel out of place and create a very jarring transition. “Empire Ants” is a mixed bag, featuring a lackluster performance by Albarn which segues into an excellent and incredibly catchy second half by artist Little Dragon.
While not quite as impressive as “Demon Days,” “Plastic Beach” is still a must-have for any Gorillaz fan. Those unfamiliar with the band will also find a lot to enjoy here. “Plastic Beach” is a far more accessible album than its predecessor. Though much less serious than “Demon Days,” and with less emphasis on a thematic message, “Plastic Beach” is still sure to appeal to anyone looking for a unique and striking musical experience.

Slavery by Another Name

By Elijah Mckenzie

In 21st century America, the promises of freedom and liberty are guaranteed to every citizen. Slavery is recognized as a dark chapter in the nation’s history, but is no longer considered an issue challenging the world today. Unfortunately, slavery is not dead. Not in the United States, and not in Kentucky.

“Human trafficking is a polite word for human slavery,” said Theresa Hayden, a justice administration professor at the University of Louisville who taught a class on the issue of human trafficking in the fall of 2009. “Human trafficking flourishes in Louisville and Kentucky and is the invisible crime against human rights because it happens right in front of us and we are blind to it.”
Hayden also serves as a faculty mentor for the emerging Anti Human Trafficking recognized student organization at U of L, which aims at educating the community on the issue of human trafficking. Students who took Hayden’s class in the fall took the initiative to organize the RSO this spring to raise campus awareness of the issue.
“Human trafficking is more prevalent in Louisville than any of us would like to believe,” said Robin Valenzuela, a graduate student in anthropology and the president of the Anti Human Trafficking RSO. “We have several of the venues where human trafficking occurs. The problem is that awareness in Kentucky is extremely low.”
According to Valenzuela, some of the venues that serve as fronts for illegal trafficking operations are Asian massage parlors, particularly those on Poplar Level Road and Preston Highway. Advertisements for these illegitimate businesses occasionally appear in local publications, allowing readers to discover and locate places that offer so-called “ultimate relaxation” and other services.
“We dedicate a small portion of our meeting times to learn about a different trafficking venue,” said Valenzuela. “We also seek to take our awareness and put pressure on local law enforcement officials and especially on businesses that straddle the border between legal and illegal sex work.”
Gabrielle Maxedon, a senior justice administration major and the vice president of the Anti Human Trafficking RSO, traveled with Valenzuela to investigate a massage parlor on Poplar Level Road, a location believed to be a potential trafficking venue in the city.
“When we walked into the massage parlor, we didn’t immediately walk into it,” said Maxedon. “We were in a room with a set of stairs leading to one door. We climbed to the top of the stairs and found that the door had a peep hole and directly beside it was a camera facing us. We knocked and asked to speak to the owner, but the woman at the door told us to come back later. At that point, we asked if we could come in anyway, but she refused and shut the door in our faces.”
Maxedon said that afterwards she and Valenzuela went around to the rear of the building and discovered there was a back entrance. The only windows in the building were located in the back, but they had been blacked out.
“This is to keep the women from knowing what time of the day it is,” said Maxedon. “This puts the trafficker in more control and the women in more vulnerable positions.”
Kara Tofte, a senior majoring in social work, said that she personally feels safe from ever becoming a victim of human trafficking, but admits that there are common misconceptions about the issue.
“If you ask people what they believe human trafficking involves, most think of exploited children in developing countries,” said Tofte. “It happens in Louisville—I know it does. It happens more often than people think.”
According to the Human Trafficking in Kentucky report, published by Dr. TK Logan, a professor at the University of Kentucky, traffickers often target impoverished communities. People searching for opportunities to better their lives or the lives of their families are likely to end up in the hands of traffickers through false promises or misleading contracts.
Logan’s report said that in 2005 a Kentucky newspaper told the story of a woman from the Philippines who was brought to Kentucky to work as domestic help for a family. However, during her three years with this family, she worked 18 hours a day for the equivalent of 50 cents an hour. Her passport was confiscated and she was instructed not to speak to anyone outside the family.
This story is not an isolated incident. Victims of trafficking are most commonly international citizens, manipulated into slavery through lies, language barriers and threats of deportation.
In Kentucky, women and children are typically trafficked into prostitution, while men are brought as farm workers. Traffickers will constantly move the entrapped people from one area to another. In doing this, the trafficked person is isolated, kept far away from any possibility of escape.
Unfortunately, the average grocery-buying consumer can inadvertently contribute to the existence of trafficking.
“Many of the products we purchase are produced by slave labor in the form of human trafficking,” said Hayden. “Coffee and chocolate are common sources of humans being trafficked for labor. Unless the product is fair trade, you are probably supporting human trafficking, locally or from another country.”
This may come as a surprise to people who purchase coffee and other goods at common grocery stores, completely unaware that their money is potentially funding human trafficking.
“I knew human trafficking was a serious issue in the United States in general, but not here in our community,” said Virginia Washbish, a freshman marketing major. “With the Anti Human Trafficking RSO on campus, I hope to learn what I can do to personally change things.”
Knowledge is the first line of defense for students who want to help stop human trafficking, avoid supporting the traffickers, and eliminate the chance of becoming a victim themselves. The Anti Human Trafficking RSO promotes this type of needed awareness on campus.
Investigative work is carried out by students in the RSO who are motivated to eradicate human trafficking in the city. Other RSO events include attending conferences, watching documentaries and attending the local Louisville Human Trafficking Task Force meetings.
“To avoid being a victim or supporting the traffickers, the community must become more aware,” said Hayden. “Know if a business is legitimate or not. If you cannot just walk into a massage parlor without an appointment, you can bet it is a trafficking ring.”
Skye Selter, a freshman equine business major, sees the benefit of having an Anti Human Trafficking student organization at the university, as a means of getting educated and involved.
“I would like to see more information presented on campus,” said Selter. “I’d like to understand how people fall into the trap of trafficking and how I can defend myself from ever becoming a victim.”

Kentucky – Strange Facts – Weird Laws


Strange Facts

Cheeseburgers were first invented in 1934 at Kaelin’s restaurant in Louisville.

Mammoth Cave is the world’s longest cave and was first promoted in 1816, making it the second oldest tourist attraction in the United States.

Thunder Over Louisville is the opening ceremony for the Kentucky Derby Festival and is North America’s largest annual fireworks display.

Pikeville annually leads the nation in per capita consumption of Pepsi-Cola.

The only monument south of the Ohio River dedicated to Union soldiers who died in the Civil War is located in Vanceburg.

The Lost River Cave includes a cave with the shortest and deepest underground river in the world. It contains the largest cave opening east of the Mississippi River.

Weird Laws

Throwing eggs at a public speaker can result in up to a year in prison.

A person is considered “sober” until he “cannot hold onto the ground.”

In Lexington, it is illegal to carry an ice cream cone in your pocket.

It is illegal to fish with a bow and arrow.

In Frankfort, it is a crime to shoot off a policeman’s tie.

It is illegal for a woman to wear a bathing suit on a highway unless she is escorted by two police officers or is armed with a club.

Peculiar Places


Mammoth Cave

Mammoth Cave is located in Edmonson County, centered around the Green River. It has at least 365 miles of passageways and is the longest known cave system in the world. Several cave tours are offered. Some are electrically-lit, but during one tour visitors can venture into tunnels and crawls.

Kentucky Horse Park

The Kentucky Horse Park is located in Lexington. It is an educational theme park and horse farm and will soon be home to the 2010 World Equestrian Games.

Trail of Tears Park

Located in Hopkinsville, this park is one of the few landmarked sites of the Trail of Tears. It is a burial site of two Cherokee chiefs who died during the Native American removal. Statues and an original cabin are among the attractions. The park also holds an annual Pow Wow in September.

Red River Gorge

Red River Gorge is located in Daniel Boone National Forest in east-central Kentucky and is said to be the local Grand Canyon. The Gorge is a popular attraction for rock climbers, hikers and campers.

Lincoln Birthplace

In 1809 President Abraham Lincoln was born in Hodgenville in a one-room cabin. A symbolic cabin now stands in a museum here. There are also several memorials, surrounded by the original farmland the Lincolns used.

Relay for Life committee will Paint it Purple to honor cancer victims

By Brittney Bruner

It is the latest operation of one committee on campus: Paint it Purple.
This is the theme among Relay for Life events across the nation. Purple is the signature color for cancer awareness and is also the color used as a symbol for the annual event.
Those involved with festivities this year at the University of Louisville’s Relay for Life are making an effort to Paint it Purple across campus. At an upcoming baseball game, purple T-shirts will be sold and U of L players will wear purple armbands in an attempt to paint the stadium purple and raise awareness about Relay for Life.
Melonie Coghill, a sophomore chemistry major, is head of public relations for this year’s Relay for Life. Coghill, who is participating in the event for the first time, said she was initially drawn to Relay for Life because she didn’t know much about it and she wanted to devote her free time to a good cause.
Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life is a worldwide movement that takes place not only in the United States, but in 19 other countries, making it the world’s largest nonprofit fundraising event.
Jason Hill, a junior accounting major, participates in Relay for Life each year with his fraternity.
“I just go to the event and hang out and walk for the 12 hours,” said Hill. “It’s a lot of fun because you are up all night with a lot of people. And I really don’t even think of it as community service, although it is.”
The Survivors’ Lap kicks off the night of festivities.
“This is an inspirational time when survivors are invited to circle the track together and help everyone celebrate the victories we’ve achieved over cancer,” said Coghill.
Another widely recognized activity, which is standard among Relay for Life events, is the Luminaria Ceremony.
“After dark, we honor people who have been touched by cancer and remember loved ones lost to the disease,” said Coghill. “Candles are lit inside bags filled with sand, each one bearing the name of a person touched by cancer. And participants walk a lap in silence.”
Because the event will be held inside this year, the U of L Relay for Life committee will use glow sticks instead and allow participants to write messages on the bags in honor or memory of those whose names are written on them.
Lastly, there is the Fight Back Ceremony. During this ceremony, individuals make a personal commitment to save lives by taking up the fight against cancer.
“That personal commitment may be to do something as simple as getting a screening test, quitting smoking or talking to elected officials about cancer,” said Coghill.
In addition to these ceremonies, there will be various activities throughout the night helping to keep participants entertained and energized, as well as contributing to the overall mission and efforts of Relay for Life.
Sarah Bishop, a junior psychology major, has not participated in  U of L’s Relay for Life. However, she has taken part in the Relay for Life in her hometown and she plans to attend U of L’s event this year.
“I was a volunteer for seven years,” said Sarah. “It, in itself, is an amazing way to raise awareness. It makes people realize how many people are affected by cancer. It brings communities together and provides support for a cure to be found one day.”
Relay for Life at U of L will be held in the Student Activities Center Multipurpose Room from 7 p.m. on April 9 to 7 a.m. on April 10. To register for the event, visit relay.org/louisville.edu. Donations are also welcome at this Web site. Even if students are not registered, they are encouraged to attend and enjoy all the big events and activities lined up throughout the night.