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A line of students more than a quarter mile long snaked around campus and through downtown State College during the

25th annual Take Back the Night march on Wednesday to raise awareness for sexual assault, rape and domestic violence.

Members of the Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. led the march. Other sponsors included the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA), Iota Iota Iota, and the Paul Robeson Cultural Center.

An estimated 200 to 300 people will gather tonight for the 25th annual Take Back the Night march at Penn State to raise awareness of rape, sexual assault and domestic violence.

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, students will gather at 6 p.m. in front of Old Main and travel to places where sexual assault occurs the most -- the library, East Halls, Pollock Halls and Fraternity Row. The group will finish this year's journey, titled "Shatter the Silence, Stop the Violence," at Sidney Friedman Park.

"Participants talk about how empowering it is and how helpful it is to have the support of other people who are attending," Center for Women Students Director Peggy Lorah said.

If you've ever faced the uncertainty and fear of an unplanned pregnancy, there's a chance you may have encountered one of these questionable clinics.

Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPC) are popping up all over the country. These centers are notorious for providing women with inaccurate information on topics such as a supposed link between abortion and breast cancer rates and false facts about sexually transmitted diseases and the effectiveness of contraceptives.

Here's how it usually works: A young woman sees an ad for a clinic that offers free pregnancy tests, counseling and other services. The woman calls the center to ask about birth control. A staff member suggests she come in to talk about it. Upon arriving at the center, the woman is advised against birth control and is encouraged to practice abstinence.

Rachel Ogden canvassed the HUB-Robeson Center early Friday morning with pens in hand, hoping to leave a mark on her fellow students in more ways than one.

Offering to write the word "love" on the arms of anyone she could find, Ogden (freshman-liberal arts) was looking to raise awareness for the third annual To Write Love On Her Arms Day.

To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA) began in 2006 when founder Jamie Tworkowski wanted to help a friend driven to the verge of suicide by her struggles with addiction and abuse. His friend has since recovered, and the effort has grown into a worldwide campaign to offer hope to others whose stories mirror hers.

In response to a recent controversial protest comparing abortion to genocide, the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (FMLA) held a demonstration Tuesday to advocate for reproductive rights.

Protesters carried signs reading, "If you can't trust me with a choice, then how can you trust me with a child?" and "Pro-choice is not anti-life."

Passers-by stopped to watch the debates and express their thoughts by writing on a white tarp on the ground.

If Sarah Palin would have won the vice presidency, Noopur Pathak said it would have been "a terrible thing," and "no one would ever elect a woman again for anything."

Pathak, vice president and treasurer of the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, was "very happy" to hear of Barack Obama's win over John McCain Tuesday night, especially because it meant Palin lost.

"This is the best thing for this country in eight years, he better not screw it up though," Pathak (graduate-mathematics) said.

Forty women stood in a tight circle in the middle of Fraternity Row. Rap music blared from a party in a backyard while the women were offered the chance to step into the middle of the circle.

In the center of the circle, the women could share stories about sexual assault or offer encouraging words.

The women were participating in Take Back the Night, a public forum event and walk through campus and downtown State College to raise awareness about sexual assault and offer a healing opportunity for victims.

As a student organization on campus, the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (FMLA) works to promote equality between women and men and to advance civil rights for all people, regardless of gender, sexuality, race, age or disability. On behalf of the FMLA, I would like to thank the writers of the newly published Valley Magazine for reassuring us that our efforts are still very much needed on this campus.

Valley Magazine claims to be "PSU's Premiere Life and Style Magazine." However, one quickly realizes that Valley is simply a compilation of unoriginal articles (like "How to Score Extra Points with a Guy" and "Is He a Dirty Cheater?"). The majority of these articles (and images) do little to challenge the status quo and further reinforce gender stereotypes, heterosexist values and ignorance of the diversity of Penn State's student population.

Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (FMLA) adviser Spring Cooper thinks only when students are cognizant enough to tackle a Rubik's Cube are they capable of having sex.

"Wait until you can do the puzzle, then you're safe to have sex," Cooper said.

Starting this weekend, FMLA, an on-campus organization that works to develop strategies and programs to advance women's equality, will distribute Rubik's Cubes, among other puzzles and toys, in an effort to promote awareness about safer sex.