“Light the Night” on Old Main lawn as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month
It’s safe to say that Old Main was lit Thursday night.
As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, over 350 paper lanterns lit up Old Main lawn Thursday night to raise awareness for domestic and relationship violence. The hand-designed lanterns gave Old Main Lawn a quiet and peaceful glow.
Various organizations around campus such as the Penn State Gender Equity Center, Centre County Women’s Resource Center, Residence Life, Panhellenic Council, Peers Helping Reaffirm, Educate, and Empower (PHREE), and Men Against Violence (MAV) designed each lantern by hand with patterns and messages for domestic violence victims.
“We work to teach people on campus about different topics such as relationship violence and healthy versus unhealthy relationships,” said Marin Nagelberg, co-president of PHREE peer educators. These organizations’ motivation to raise awareness for domestic violence was evident in their efforts to create such a vibrant illuminated visual display.
Students and families quietly strolled through the hundreds of lanterns reading their messages and enjoying the artwork on them.
“It was a nice and refreshing display. It really shed light on an issue that needs to be addressed. Just when I thought Old Main couldn’t get anymore beautiful, Light the Night proved me otherwise,” said senior biotech and biochemistry major Daniel Sacchetti.