Eating Disorder Awareness Week – Feb. 26-March 4

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It’s National Eating Disorders Awareness Week and the library is helping to focus attention toward a growing problem.

Did you know….?

    • As many as 30 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and associated disorders) in the U.S
    • Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness
    • 91% of women surveyed on a college campus had attempted to control their weight through dieting. 22% dieted “often” or “always”
    • An estimated 10-15% of people with anorexia or bulimia are male

From: The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders

On the 1st FL of the library we have a number of displays related to eating disorders. First, we have a book display filled with books on all aspects of eating disorders. Feel free to borrow any of these books if they interest you!

On the opposite side of the same floor is a large grey board with various statistics on eating disorders, as well as how you can get help for yourself or for someone you know. While you’re there, take a second to fill out one of the paper hearts in the “I ♥ My…” display. Markers and paper hearts are provided.

Handouts are provided to take with you for future reference, such as “What Should I Say? Tips for Talking to a Friend Struggling with an Eating Disorder” and “What NOT To Say to Someone in Recovery”.

If you know someone who may need help, take a “Let’s Talk About It” card and start the conversation; both Counseling Services and Health Services can assist students who may have an eating problem or friends of those who have an eating disorder. Take and wear a button to proudly show your support!

On Wed. March 1 from 10am-2pm, go to O’Hare and decorate a flag to show your support (hosted by the Counseling Center and Health Services)

If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating problem, please call or go to Health Services, Miley Hall (Garden Level), x2904 or Counseling Services, Miley Hall (Garden Level), x2919.

Below are some informative online resources about Eating Disorders:

National Eating Disorder Association

National Institute of Mental Health

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)

Eating Disorder Coalition

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Salve Reads – The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

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There will be two faculty-led discussions of the New Your Times bestseller “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander.

“Michelle Alexander argues convincingly that the huge disparity of punishment in America is not mere result of neutral state action. She sees the rise of mass incarceration as opening up a new front in the historic struggle for racial justice. And she’s right. If you care about justice in America, you need to read this book!” (– Glenn C Loury, professor of economics, Brown University)

Sign-up at the McKillop Library circulation desk to attend one of two sessions and receive a free copy of the book!

Session #1:
Thursday, April 6, 2017
4:00pm – 5:00pm
McKillop Library East Wing

Session #2:
Monday, April 24, 2017
4:00pm – 5:00pm
McKillop Library East Wing

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Chris Terry Art Exhibit Opening

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Reception for the opening of the art exhibit by Chris Terry.

Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: McKillop Library – Second Floor

“The central theme of my work is the ability of light to transform. Although I select and place my subjects carefully, they are mostly drawn from the insignificant artifacts of everyday life. They lack a strong ego and without the stage I build for them, they would likely be overlooked. The interiors I choose are similarly anonymous. I’m drawn to these spaces and objects that lack a strong individual presence, and I rely primarily on light to transform an abandoned interior and enigmatically placed object into a secular altar.

In particular I find that the quality of light can be essential to building the sense of tension I want in my work. The quiet aspect of my paintings, as well as my frequent use of symmetry, would seem to undermine any tension, but I feel the silence present in the paintings suggests an anticipation: an event about to happen. Light contributes to this quality, but it is also enhanced by my dependence on visual information from my imagination and memory. Combining these strategies, I attempt to build a rhythm in my work that recalls the pace of ritual and dreams. Paradoxically, for a painter who is most often judged a “Realist,” I find this rhythm comes more often from invention than from direct observation. ” – Chris Terry

Christopher T. Terry is an artist and professor at Utah State University. He is currently on sabbatical in Rhode Island for the 2016-17 academic year.

Visit: http://www.christophertterry.com

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