April 15, 2008

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NOTE: The following demonstration has been cancelled.

LEWISBURG, Pa. -- The Bucknell University student group Students for Fair Trade will participate in a poverty demonstration April 20 to 23.

About 20 students will live in hand-made tarp tents on the uphill side of the Elaine Langone Center.

Students plan to live on $1 per day per person for water, food and shelter. the students' diet will consist mainly of rice and beans cooked outdoors.

Bucknell sophomore Lauren Hallanan, president of Students for Fair Trade, says, "It is a demonstration to raise awareness about poverty; it should not be confused with a simulation because we are not able to completely replicate the struggles of everyday life for the poor.

Day-to-day basis
"I think the demonstration is extremely important because a large majority of Bucknellians don't have to deal with issues of poverty on a day-to-day basis," said Hallanan, who hopes the campus community will realize that poverty can occur everywhere, not just in developing countries or city slums.

"Even seemingly wealthy communities can have members stricken with poverty," she said.

The demonstration, which is being held for the third year, also will feature about 40 posters with facts about global poverty.

Microfinance, global poverty
Other events during the week are a talk about microfinance on Monday, April 21, at 7 p.m. in Gardner Lecture Hall by Bucknell seniors Keith Kolakowski and Anastasia Sofianou, and a talk about ending global poverty on Tuesday, April 22, by child rights advocate Kimmie Weeks at 7 p.m. in Trout Auditorium.

Contact: Division of Communications

Posted April 15, 2008

Reposted April 21, 2008