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Cassie Wade
NEWS EDITOR

University of Nebraska at Omaha students and community members gathered at Memorial Park Thursday to participate in Take Back the Night, an international event working to end sexual violence and support survivors.

UNO’s Take Back the Night was sponsored by the Women’s Re-source Center (WRC), Gender and Sexuality Resource Center (GSR) and UNMC’s EMPOWER. GSR Director Jessi Hitchins estimates “a little more than a hundred” people participated in the event.

The event included a rally featuring speakers from local organizations providing victim and survivor advocacy. UNO student and abuse survivor Bronwyn Zitka was the keynote speaker.

Zitka, who also spoke at last year’s rally, shared her story with the crowd through a poem she wrote while taking a women and gender studies class.

“I went home and wrote this poem,” Zitka said in an interview, “and I talked to my professor and asked if I could share it. She said she couldn’t sanction sharing it in class, but why don’t I find a public place and she’ll make it extra credit and so I did.”

After reading her poem for extra credit, Zitka had people come up and thank her for sharing her story, which she said was “shocking” but also made her “want to share more.”

“If my path to healing included speaking and telling my story, other people’s doesn’t necessarily do that or include that, so if I could be of use to them, then maybe I could turn something beautiful out of something terrible,” Zitka said.

Zitka continues to share her poem and testimony through events and her YouTube channel in order to educate others and positively impact the lives of survivors.

“Every time I share my poem, it’s scary because you don’t know how people will feel, but when I see the look on people’s faces and when people come up to me afterward and say ‘I didn’t understand but I do know’ … it’s worth every bit of shakiness. It’s worth it because I didn’t have that, and I’ll go through a hundred times worse if I can give that to somebody else.”

Following Zitka’s speech, battery operated candles were passed out and the crowd assembled to march in a loop along Dodge St. Cards with chants were passed out and participants were encouraged to follow along with chant leaders.

The event concluded back where it began in Memorial Park.

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Here’s a running list of things you can do and places you can go to take a break from all of the studying and test-taking this week.

Monday

Fill the Kettle for Coffee is from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Criss Library. Make a donation to the red kettle and receive coffee and pastries.

Support the Channel 94.1 Diaper Drive for the Lydia House from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the HPER Gym. Students, Faculty and staff are invited to donate $2 for lunch (including Jimmy John’s sandwich, chips, and a drink). Your donation will benefit the Lydia House. If you bring a pack of diapers to donate you’ll be entered in a raffle to win UNO Branded prizes including: scarfs, beanie hats, selfie sticks, shirts, hockey pucks and more.

Color me Calm is from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Criss Library. Relieve some stress by coloring a picture.

Hungry Hungry Hippo Contest during De-Stress Fest is from 9 p.m. to 11 P.M. at the CEC
building. Forming a 2- or 4-person team to play the human version of Hungry Hungry Hippo. Click here for more details. Winners will receive $25 on their MavCard. The game will double as a fundraiser for the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.

Relaxation Station is from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the CEC building. Donate $5 to the Omaha Zoo to gain entry to watch the Hungry Hungry Hippo contest which includes free food and games.

TUESDAY

Play-doh Sculpting Contest is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 130 of the CEC Building. Donate $1 to Children’s Hospital and enjoy play‑doh sculpting and Topper’s Pizza. Sculpting contest winner will receive up to $100 in MavCard money. Click here for details.

Late Night Breakfast is from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Scott Café.

Textbook BuyBack is from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the UNO Bookstore. Sell your textbooks and receive a raffle ticket for a $500 gift card to use in the UNO Bookstore.

Walk-In Resume Reviews is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m in Room 115 of the Eppley Administration Building. The event features quick career coaching, cookies and cocoa by the ACDC staff.

Wednesday, Dec. 16

Textbook BuyBack is from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the UNO Bookstore. Sell your textbooks and receive a raffle ticket for a $500 gift card to use in the UNO Bookstore.

Free Chair Massages from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Maverick Village Clubhouse.

.UNO Mavericks play Northern Illinois in men's basketball at the Ralston Arena..University of Nebraska at Omaha on Nov. 9,  2012, in Ralston, Neb..(UNO/Jeff Beiermann)
.UNO Mavericks play Northern Illinois in men’s basketball at the Ralston Arena..University of Nebraska at Omaha on Nov. 9, 2012, in Ralston, Neb..(UNO/Jeff Beiermann)

Men’s Basketball Pre-Game is from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Godfather’s Pizza in Aksarben Village.

Join the Durango cheer squad at the UNO Men’s Basketball vs. Simpson College at 7 p.m. in Baxter Arena.

Thursday, Dec. 17

Textbook BuyBack is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mammel Hall. Sell your textbooks and receive a raffle ticket for a $500 gift card to use in the UNO Bookstore.

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