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CSM Cause Theatre Presents ‘But I Said No’

Play Aims to Confront Issue of Acquaintance Rape on College Campuses

The College of Southern Maryland’s Cause Theatre presents “But I Said No,” an educational theater piece that takes on the issue of acquaintance rape. The play has toured extensively on college campuses around the country. Performances will be on all three campuses: 7:30 p.m., March 12 in Building A, Auditorium on the Leonardtown Campus; 7:30 p.m., March 13 in Building B, Multipurpose Room on the Prince Frederick Campus; 7:30 p.m., March 27 and 8 p.m., March 28 and 29 in the Fine Arts Center on the La Plata Campus.

CSM’s Cause Theatre produces challenging and timely pieces that address social and health issues to create a forum for examining societal attitudes and behaviors. “But I Said No” is an hour-long piece featuring monologues and short pieces, written by Margaret Baldwin and Doug Grissom of Offstage Theatre in Charlottesville, Va. First performed in 1990 and popular on college campuses ever since, “But I Said No” assists the audience in understanding clear distinctions between consensual and non-consensual sex. Additionally, the play depicts the double-standards in modern society related to sex and gender and dispels several rape myths.

Citing National Violence Against Women survey results that more than one-fourth of college-age women report having experienced a rape or a rape attempt since age 14, CSM’s Coordinator for Theatre and Dance Keith Hight said, “Rape goes unreported and unacknowledged because of fear and lack of understanding about consent. In fact, the Department of Justice estimates that nearly two-thirds of rapes and sexual assaults go unreported to police. We hope that this production will inform audience members about some of these issues and address some of the damaging and stereotypical myths surrounding rape and consent.”

Cast for “But I Said No” includes Aimee Bonnet of White Plains, Rusty Hrabe, Jeremy Hunter and Erin McQueen of La Plata, Alexis Miller of Crofton and Laura Stephens of Waldorf.

This production contains strong adult language and content and may not be suitable for younger audiences. Tickets are $5 for all ages. For information, contact the box office at 301-934-7828 or bxoffc@csmd.edu. For information about the arts at CSM, visit http://www.csmd.edu/Arts.

The Fine Arts Center is accessible to patrons with disabilities. Audio description for the visually impaired and sign language interpretation for the hearing impaired are available with a minimum two week advance notice. If you are interested in these services please contact the Coordinator of ADA at 301-934-7614.

Hawks Take on the Thunder Wolves, March 9 at AACC

Slushy CSM Field Moves Inaugural Home Game for CSM’s Men’s Lacrosse

CSM Men’s Lacrosse vs. Niagara. Noon to 2 p.m., March 9. Anne Arundel Community College, Pioneer Stadium, 101 College Parkway, Arnold. Snow, sleet and ice have dampened the playing field but not the resolve of CSM’s men’s lacrosse team. Scheduled to play their first home game of their inaugural season against Niagara County Community College on March 9, the team will instead move to Anne Arundel Community College’s Pioneer Stadium AstroTurf field for the match. Refreshments will be available for purchase. In the event of inclement weather, information about cancellation/rescheduling will be available on CSM’s Student Life and Athletics Facebook page. For map of field location, visit http://www.aacc.edu/locationsandmaps/maps/file/arnoldcampusmap.pdf. Free.

For information visit http://www.csmd.edu/Athletics/, call 301-934-2251, ext. 7207 or NWilliams1@csmd.edu.

Annual Juried Student Show Exhibits Broad Strokes, Focus

Student Art Submission Deadline March 24, Show Opens March 28

From concept to completed work, many artists don’t know how their pieces will be received or even if they will find an appreciative audience. For students at the College of Southern Maryland, the Annual Juried Student Art Show opening March 28 will answer some of those questions.

“This is an opportunity for our students to experience the process of applying for a juried exhibition. This type of exhibition is an important component of being a working artist and it is also an opportunity for students to have their work evaluated by an outside juror,” said CSM Assistant Professor Katherine Sifers, the show’s coordinator as well as curator for CSM gallery exhibits.

“It was a great surprise to be chosen as the first-place winner,” said Alan Frampton of his 2013 winning stoneware piece “Twisted Form.” Getting the award did give me encouragement to continue in ceramics, especially since I won with what I would call an unconventional piece. I've tried to be more experimental in design and techniques.”

Any currently enrolled CSM student with work produced in a CSM art course is eligible for the show and can submit up to six pieces produced within the past two years. Pieces must be submitted by 5 p.m. on March 24. All students who are selected for the show will have the opportunity to have their work considered for inclusion in a CSM Student exhibition at the CalvART Gallery in Prince Frederick during June.

CSM’s student art show, on exhibit through May 2 at the Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery in the Fine Arts Center of the La Plata Campus, will include a Gallery Talk, awards presentation and reception at noon on April 15.

Students will be awarded top honors in three categories: drawing/painting, photography/new media and ceramics. A total of $1,000 in prize money will be awarded. CSM faculty members will select the exhibition work from the submissions, with the winners selected by an outside juror. Additionally, the Fine Arts Department will select one piece to be hung in the Walter Grove Memorial Art Gallery or displayed in another campus location.

The 2013 second-place prize went to Barbara Hance for her digital photograph “Shadows on the Bay” and the third-place prize went to Laura Kasko for her gouache on paper “Admixture Study.” The faculty selected and purchased Ashley Saldana’s cyanotype, “Tree line,” to add to the college’s permanent collection.

The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday. For information and requirements, visit http://www.csmd.edu/Arts. For information, contact Sifers at ksifers@csmd.edu or 301-934-7829.

The Fine Arts Center is accessible to patrons with disabilities. Audio description for the visually impaired and sign language interpretation for the hearing impaired are available with a minimum two week advance notice. If you are interested in these services contact the Coordinator of ADA at 301-934-7614.

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