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Group targets body image

Ashley Charnley | Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Body image – and two forums on the subject – was the main focus of Tuesday’s Board of Gvernance (BOG) meeting.

Residence Hall Association (RHA) president Cassie Quaglia announced that communications professor Terri Russ will be holding a body image forum, “Get it Girl,” sponsored by the RHA today at 7 p.m. in Holy Cross Parlor.

“Body image at an all-women’s college is definitely a big issue,” Quaglia said. “One of the goals of RHA is uniting the residence halls, and this will help do that.”

The forum will have door prizes and food will be provided.

Two representatives from Notre Dame’s Health and Body Image Conference, Brenna Doyle and Patrick Tighe, came to present the other conference to Saint Mary’s student government. The forum, “Live as You Are,” will be held March 11-13 in McKenna Hall. Doyle and Tighe came to give posters and registration forms to BOG in order to help publicize the conference at the College.

The keynote speaker for the Notre Dame event will be Ann Simonton, a former model who has been on the covers of magazines such as Vogue. She is now an activist who discusses body image and the objectification of women in the media. She also runs the non-profit organization Media Watch International. Tighe said students interested in learning more about Simonton could look at the Web site mediawatch.org.

In other BOG news:

u Saint Mary’s will celebrate Women’s Appreciation Week from March 10-13, Student Diversity Board president Abby Hinchy said. There will be fundraisers and guest speakers throughout the week.

u The Board of Trustees will be on campus beginning Thursday evening at the Belles’ home basketball game, student body president Kim Hodges said. The game is in Angela Athletic Facility at 7:30 p.m.

u Hodges also announced that the new director for the Center for Career Opportunities, Stacie Jeffirs, is working on publicity for the Center. She will be holding two forums open to the student body tonight at 5:30 and Thursday from 2-3 p.m. in Conference Room A in the Student Center basement.