Play at college to present a wry look at a grim topic


March 26, 2001|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

TACKLING TOUGH issues through humor sometimes brings greater acceptance and understanding. Carroll Community College staff members are hoping this will be the case with a presentation of "One Night" at noon tomorrow in Room L287 at the college's Washington Road campus.

The hourlong play, presented by the Bloomsburg, Pa., troupe PlayRights, takes up the issue of acquaintance rape and examines what can happen among a group of friends during a long night of drinking.

"We think this is an important topic to put out accurate information about," said Michelle Amos, director of the student life office. "It's not a fun topic to talk about. But we know that, given the percentages and the age group, some of our students could be party to this type of thing."

Statistics provided by the troupe, which also presents a play on dating violence, reveal that acquaintance rape is more common than left-handedness, heart attacks or alcoholism. Its information says that one in four women will be a victim of rape, and that 90 percent will know their attackers.

The presentation is being paid for by a grant designed to disseminate information about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

"They will vary the play according to requests," Amos said. "Since this is being paid for by an alcohol grant, we asked them to do something on this."

The four actors - two men and two women - will present a 45-minute sketch about a humorous evening filled with drinking, flirting and teasing among friends. At the end of that time, one member of the cast announces that she has been raped. Audience members must help the friends determine what really happened.

Amos is hoping that the humorous aspects of the play, which has been very successful on other college campuses, will attract students and community members who are reluctant to seek information about acquaintance rape and sexual assault, she said.

"This is not the type of thing that students are likely to self-select," Amos said.

At least two students approached representatives from Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County Inc. during a recent health fair to discuss acquaintance rape, she said.

"We know that this type of thing is possible here," she said.

The play is free and open to the public.

Information: 410-386-8408.

A trim and a trophy

Being the barber sometimes has its benefits.

Westminster resident Cal Bloom, owner of the Main Street barber shop that bears his name, recently got an up-close-and-personal visit with the Super Bowl trophy when Ravens President David Modell stopped to get his hair cut and had the trophy with him.

"He's been coming in for the last two years," Bloom said, noting that sometimes he calls Modell between visits, such as when he contacted the Ravens official in Florida to tell him about a rally Baltimore fans sponsored before the Super Bowl.

Holding the trophy "was just a thrill," Bloom said. It seems to weigh about 5 to 7 pounds, he said.

"People must have heard about it," he said, because about a dozen people stopped at the barbershop when Modell arrived March 10. "People were just dropping in to see him and get their picture taken with the trophy."

Bingo for a cause

Fired Up for a Cure, a team that is raising money for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life on May 18 and 19, is sponsoring basket bingo with a Pampered Chef twist at 7 p.m. Friday in West Middle School's auditorium, on Monroe Street in Westminster.

The event is one of several fund-raisers the team of 15 county residents is sponsoring this spring to top the more than $10,000 it raised during last year's Relay for Life.

"We were the top fund-raisers last year," said team leader Donna Oursler of Hampstead.

Last year's relay raised more than $190,000, 85 percent of which went to cancer patient programs in Carroll County, she said. Much of the remainder went to nationwide cancer research.

"We get pretty worked up about the relay and spend a lot of time raising money for it," Oursler said. The team - organized the year after Oursler's mother died of breast cancer - includes four cancer survivors.

On Friday, bingo players will vie for a Longaberger basket filled with Pampered Chef items as they support programs for Carroll County residents who are fighting cancer. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 the night of the event. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Four extra bingo games will be held for an extra $1 each, with baskets as prizes. Players will receive a sheet of three bingo cards and will try to create the letters H, O, P or E.

Snack foods and raffle tickets for four Longaberger baskets will be available. Cost of the tickets is six for $5.

Information: 410-239-6402 or 410-848-3152.

Employee of the Month

Congratulations to Carroll County government's Employee of the Month for March, Bureau of Housing and Community Development worker Jodi A. DaRoja.

According to county officials, DaRoja assumed the duties of a coworker who went on medical leave while continuing to perform her own job efficiently. She was also a positive role model in her enthusiasm for helping housing customers.

DaRoja will receive one day of administrative leave.

Amy L. Miller's Central neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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