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Concerned students, faculty and community members gathered last night in the HUB Auditorium to voice their opinions and to suggest possible solutions in response to recent sexual assaults.

At the Undergraduate Student Government (USG)-sponsored sexual assault forum, audience members watched silently as Elissa Mills, a sexual assault survivor, made an emotional appeal about the need for increased lighting and police presence on campus and in the community.

Though not the focus of the presentation, Mills stressed that walking in a dark alley does not place a victim of sexual assault at fault and that more patrolling officers, rather than patrol cars, are needed.

Students met on campus last night in response to recent sexual assaults.

and Abby Heisey

Concerned students, faculty and community members gathered last night in the HUB Auditorium to voice their opinions and to suggest possible solutions in response to recent sexual assaults.

Penn State's Social Justice Action Month came to an end this weekend with several events and a community dinner, where students and local residents discussed recent sexual assaults.

After the day of volunteering, about 30 students, university faculty and community members gathered for the monthly Progressive Potluck Dinner.

The recent surge of sexual assaults involving Penn State students was a main focus of a post-dinner discussion.

Centre County residents are getting fired up in the wake of Congress' decision last week to pass a bill that would outlaw third-trimester abortions and leave no health exceptions.

While still in dispute in the Senate, local abortion rights advocates and opponents are debating the likelihood of the bill's passage into law.

Called a partial-birth abortion by its opponents, the procedure takes place in the last phase, or trimester, of the pregnancy or during the process of induced childbirth.

Outrage against sexual assault was the focus of a rally Friday afternoon on the steps of Old Main.

"This rally was organized because over the past month I have been horrified about the things that have been happening on campus," said Molly Zuckerman, co-director of Womyn's Concerns.

The rally, attended by about 100, is the beginning of a sexual assault awareness campaign, Zuckerman said.

Outrage against sexual assault was the focus of a rally Friday afternoon on the steps of Old Main.

"This rally was organized because over the past month I have been horrified about the things that have been happening on campus," said Molly Zuckerman, co-director of Womyn's Concerns.

The rally, attended by about 100, is the beginning of a sexual assault awareness campaign, Zuckerman said.

She's an astronaut, a figure skater and a presidential candidate; Latina, African American and Asian. She saves the world in stilettos and in her spare time hits the malls and beaches by way of pink convertible.

She's Barbie, one of this century's most potent and detrimental symbols of femininity, and she's about to get down and dirty with her tall, blonde self.

American Doll , a play that explores the Barbie doll as a feminist icon, will be performed tonight as part Social Justice Action Month, which continues until the end of October.