Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

Susan G. Komen Reception & Vagina Monologues Performance

Homemade cake by Guia for the Susan G. Komen Reception.jpg

On Tuesday April 10th, the JFRC hosted two events focused on embracing women and raising awareness or female issues, both personal and societal.  Beginning at 9:00PM, JFRC student Alicia D’Agostino hosted a reception for the Susan G. Komen foundation, which is the organization Alicia interns with here in Rome.  The reception included food and drink, and Alicia offered a table with information and small items available for purchase. During the week leading up to the event, chocolate eggs and one chocolate bunny were raffled off to students and staff of the JFRC, with all proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen foundation as well as the donations gathered at Tuesday night’s event.  The reception was a hit and Alicia was able to raise additional funds for the organization as well as offering great information to those in attendance.

(from left) Jenna Goode,Cherrell Evans, N'Jameh Camara, Kelsey O'Shaughnessy, and Annie Hayes (all LUC).jpg

Immediately following the reception was the performance of the Vagina Monologues in Rinaldo’s.  The Vagina Monologues is an episodic play written by Eve Ensler, and is read by a varying number of women.   The cast consisted of female students of the Rome Center and two Student Life Assistants, Gina Crovetti and Kelly Garofalo. 

(from left) Charlotte Mikat-Stevens, Chloe Verhoef (both LUC), and Samantha Moyer (SLU) performing the opening act.jpg

The director of the show and group leader of the Monologues was student Rachel Beazley.  Rachel has performed in multiple shows of the Vagina Monologues and worked incredibly hard here at the Rome Center organizing the show, creating bonding experiences with the cast, raising awareness of sexual violence and female issues, and perpetuating the uplifting spirit that the show aims to bring to its cast and audience. 

Director Rachel Beazley (Lebanon Valley College) standing up against sexual violence against women.jpg

Students, faculty, and staff attended the performance in great numbers Tuesday night, and responded fantastic to the content and delivery of the monologues.  The cast worked extremely hard for several weeks to help bring the issues discussed in the monologues to life.

(From left) students Lauren Lansdale, Kathleen Quinn, and Jessica Kuh (all LUC).jpg

The performance of The Vagina Monologues is incorporated with V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence and abuse against women and girls.  Students at the JFRC worked to continue the efforts of V-Day by accepting donations at the performance.  The night was a major success and both performers and audience members enjoyed themselves.